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Add a Self Care Ritual to Your Routine, You Deserve It

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Emily Bowen
April 17, 2020
Home Trending From Prose Add a Self Care Ritual to Your Routine, You Deserve It

Now more than ever, it’s important to take a few minutes to take care of yourself. We’ve come up with an easy self care routine for you to follow. One less thing for you to think about 🙂

Before you start:

  • Slip into comfortable clothes
  • Turn on a chill playlist; slower song with 60-80 beats per minute tend to be calming
  • Open the timer app on your phone, change the default notification sound to be something more calming, such as ripples, classic crickets, or harp on iPhone

Phase 1: Stretch

Total time: 5 minutes

Take five slow breaths in each stretch and complete the following sequence two times:

  1. Upward stretch: interlace hands and press palms to the ceiling
  2. Forward fold: Bend knees slightly and bend forward from your hips, allowing your head to hang
  3. Butterfly pose: Sitting down, bring feet together and allow knees to fall outward, then lean forward
  4. Child’s pose: Sit with your shins under you, knees separated and toes together. Rest your forehead on the floor in front of you

Phase 2: Nourish

Total time: 10 minutes

Heat up some water with lemon and honey or a cup of green tea. Water supports the release of endorphins, while green tea contains anxiety-reducing theanine. While you enjoy, make the rounds to water all your plants.

Phase 3: Create space

Total time: 5-10 minutes

Choose one small area that can be organized in less than ten minutes: make your bed, do the dishes, or organize one drawer. Research shows that a more organized space reduces stress.

Phase 4: Massage your scalp

Total time: 5 minutes

Take a few drops of hair oil or a scalp mask and use your fingertips to massage in circular motions. Gently tug at the roots of your hair and alternate between using the pads of your fingers and your knuckles to stimulate the scalp.

While you massage, list:

  • 3 things you’re grateful for
  • 3 things you love about yourself
  • 3 hopes for the day

Phase 5: Cleanse

Total time: 15 minutes

Run yourself a bath or pop into the shower to wash out your hair oil or mask. Add a few drops of jasmine or lavender essential oil and take a deep breath. Studies show that these scents can reduce anxiety by targeting the same area of our brains as anti-anxiety medication.

 

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