In this time of global chaos, how are you caring for yourself? At this time, it is so important to be able to get back to basics and support yourself at home.
Self-care reminders: back to basics
- 8 glasses of water a day
- Nourishing cooked food rather than processed and packaged foods are easier to digest and provide more nutrients
- 7 – 8 hours of sleep to reset for the day
- Regular movement for the body, mind and spirit
- Less tech, more in real life connections with real people (not screens and when COVID-19 restrictions permit, of course)
Create your retreat space
Going beyond self-care is the space you are physically in. Often we can hang onto gorgeous destinations away from the hustle of daily life and countdown the whole year for 1 or 2 weeks away. My issue with this is, we spend more time either working or at home so what if we were to create a physical and mental space that we didn’t regularly need a ‘break’ from. Peace is a state of mind rather than a place. I have been in stunning places over the years. My home country is PNG and it is gorgeous…and yet my heart was broken and sad many times I have been home.. So, I don’t think the destination away from daily life is always the solution. Hence this article!
How can you create your own retreat space at home?
- De-clutter. Throw out what you don’t need and physically, emotionally and mentally create space. We often use a small amount of clothing rather than 100% of clothing and can release what we don’t need to someone who would appreciate it and actually use donated items more.
- Regularly clean your home. E.g. Old papers and mail can stack up on the table (does for me!) and this is stagnant energy. Do something with the paper rather than holding onto it. Use it or recycle it.
- Create a space specifically for yoga and meditation.
- Develop a routine for your yoga and meditation and rest.
- Switch off tech at 7pm and switch on tech post yoga, meditation and movement in the morning (or at a time that suits you). The constant news stream can fry your nervous system, alongside always-on lifestyle we live.
- Set a time-limit for social media and emailing.
- Open up windows and allow fresh air in.
- Use lovely oils or candles to break the energy in the home.
- Incorporate regular yin yoga into your week to balance out the physical activity – whether that is daily life or a rigorous routine. Yin is wonderful to get you into retreat mode.
- Book a regular massage.
Some ideas for you to take care! 🙂 I’d love to hear what you do at home to take care of yourself and create your own space.