3 Self Care Habits To Adopt in 2020
Updated: Jun 28
We are well into the New Year, and hopefully you've had some time to rest, reflect and think about the ways in which you would like 2020 to unfold for you.
If you follow me on social media, or we've had the pleasure of working together, you'll know that I'm very big on self-care. It's something that I speak about a lot, because I know it's the key to creating a life that feels good.
Taking care of your own happiness is the key to attracting everything that you want.
So, it makes sense to create time in your day for the rituals that nourish you, support you, and help you be happy.
Today I'd like to share 3 simple habits that can make a big difference in the way you feel. These are easy rituals to adopt, and the payoffs are really significant when made a part of your daily life.
Without further ado...
I'm a big believer in the power of a daily meditation practice. Meditation is something that has happily gone into the mainstream, as more people discover the evidence-based benefits of this practice.
The single most important benefit of meditation, in my opinion, is that it connects you to your Source. It helps you quiet down thoughts that aren't in harmony with who you are, and after practicing for awhile, it also helps you to recognize which thoughts to let go of, and which to engage in, as you move throughout your day.
I recommend meditation to all my Reiki students and clients. Meditation is absolutely a practice that anyone can do, and anyone can benefit from immediately.
Meditation is best done in the morning, before you've had a chance to get into your day. Before you start receiving texts or phone calls, before engaging with your family, before anything really gets going, sit for your practice. This will give you the best chance of quieting your mind.
Your meditation practice can be a simple 15-20 minutes of just listening to your breath, or listening to a sound. If you prefer, you can do a guided meditation. I like to listen to the sound of white noise, and on days when I feel more inclined to a guided meditation, I listen to Getting Into The Vortex: Guided Meditations by Abraham Hicks. There are 4 different meditations on that CD, so I just choose whichever one feels right for the day.
Drink More Water.
It sounds simple, but drinking more water can have an incredibly positive effect on your clarity, focus and well-being.
You are an energetic being. When you drink more water, the energy naturally flows easier in your body.
The key is to drink plenty of pure, filtered (or spring) water. That will support your body and all your energy centers in finding their balance.
I start my water drinking as soon as I wake up. After brushing my teeth, I warm up some water in the kettle, squeeze some lemon in my cup, and drink the whole thing up, before pouring myself another mug of warm water to take upstairs for after my meditation.
I prefer warm water in the mornings and whenever the weather gets chilly, as it just feels best to my body.
When I keep up with my water drinking, I have more energy, I sleep better, and I'm much more in tune with myself.
Staying hydrated supports my body and mind in such wonderful ways, and helps me feel happier and healthier overall.
A little trick to get more water in you, is to keep your water in an oversized glass, mug, or tumbler. I have an extra-large mug I love, and I make sure it is always refilled, so there's plenty of water ready for me. When I go out, I take a large water bottle or a tumbler with me, so I'm always feeling supported throughout my day.
Have a bedtime ritual.
Going to bed around the same time each day is very supportive for your body and mind. It's nice to turn off at least an hour to an hour a half prior to bedtime, so that you have a chance to wind down and settle into a wonderful sleep.
I like to keep my bedtime between 10-10:15pm. I find that gives me the deepest rest, and allows me to naturally awaken before my alarm goes off at 5:45am.
I start my bedtime ritual at 8:30pm (sometimes earlier if I feel like I want more time). I switch to dimmer lighting, turn off my computer, and get in my PJ's. I have a cup of chamomile tea and another mug of water nearby, and I hop into bed. I love to offer myself Reiki during this time for 20 minutes, and do a little crystal healing as well. I follow up with some journalling, and if I feel like it, I'll read a bit from an uplifting book.
I'll prepare for bed slowly, just savouring the self-care that comes with taking care of my body.
I slow down my skincare routine, enjoying all my products, apply some coconut oil and essential oils to my feet, and brush my teeth. And then I'll tuck myself in bed, set some intentions for enjoying a good sleep, and off to dreamland I go.
I hope these rituals give you some inspiration on how to support yourself even more fully this year. Remember, your happiness and well-being is what matters most, and when you're filled up, you can do wonderful work in this world.
Do you have some self-care rituals that you love? Share them with me in the comments!