While we love a full-blown face-mask-on, wine-in-the-bathtub, reality-tv-binge fest…the truth is that a good self-care routine should be more sustainable and regular than last-minute cancelled Friday night plans. Without drawing yourself a bath and committing to hours of indulgent me-time (though is there really anything better?) a well-rounded self-care practice should include some much simpler rituals you can tap into daily.
By giving yourself the time and space to feel grounded in your body each morning, you’ll be able to take on the day with a much healthier emotional and mental perspective. In need of some inspo? We’re sharing four of our favorite quick and easy morning rituals that will have you feeling like a self-care queen in minutes.
Just a few minutes of gratitude a day keeps the bad vibes at bay. Scientific evidence suggests that keeping a gratitude journal can improve not just your psychological well-being, but your physical health as well. All without getting out of bed! With a simple structured format based on positive psychology research, we love starting each day with the The Five-Minute Journal. Keep it by your bedside so it’s the first thing you reach for.
While we sleep, our digestive system stays at work removing toxins from the body – by depositing them on the surface of our tongue. If we don’t scrape away these toxins, they get reabsorbed by the body and can lead to a myriad of health issues including digestive troubles and a compromised immune system. No thank you!
An ancient tradition rooted in Ayurveda, tongue scraping is known to improve bad breath (duh), better expose your taste buds to make food taste better, boost immunity and improve digestive health. Scrape away those toxins, girl.
All hail adaptogens. Grab your favorite mug and mix up a custom potion. We like to add a sprinkle of Moon Dust (Sex Dust, Beauty Dust, or Brain Dust – whatever the day calls for!) to add a morning mood boost. If you love coffee but want less caffeine, Four Sigmatic medicinal mushroom coffee will hit the spot without any caffeine crash. Take your concoction to a calm, comfortable space and sip slowly. I’ll admit this is where my Insta-scrolling begins, but extra points if you squeeze in a meditation!
There is no greater expression of self-love than rubbing yourself down with warm, calming oil. Another Ayurvedic ritual, known as Abyanga, the benefits extend well beyond nourished skin. A daily practice can restore balance to the body, increase circulation, move lymph, stimulate muscle tone and so much more. Massage your body with love and patience for 15-20 minutes before hopping in the shower, and your day is off to a positive start.