On Sundays (or your favored day of the week), make it a habit to put aside a small amount of time to do something for *only* yourself that you wouldn’t normally do. Even if you’re a busy bee and only have 10 minutes to spare. Sit crosslegged, close your eyes and just check in with yourself. Allow your inhales and exhales to be marked reminders to set your intention to fully indulge in your choice of self-care activity and to be entirely present.
It can be overwhelming to dedicate an entire day to yourself each week, especially if you’re a workaholic, a mama or both! So break it down to a 10 minute ritual.
Step 1: Do your hair mask.
Do a hair mask. Shampoo your hair and skip the conditioner to open the follicles and prep your tresses for maximum absorption of all the nourishing ingredients your hair mask is going to deliver. Use a clean t-shirt to gently press the extra water out of your clean hair, and work a generous amount of product between your hands. Apply from the middle and work the product towards your ends, with that as the main focus. Take a wide-toothed comb and gently brush your hair to evenly distribute your hair mask. Repeat these steps to add more product to your hair until you’re satisfied with the coverage. Cover your hair with a shower cap or a clean t-shirt. Or wrap your head with Saran Wrap to trap in heat if you’re feeling extra luxurious. Then, proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Do a relaxing activity for 10 minutes while your hair marinates.
- Sweep your floors. It’s a great meditative activity in practicing the art of clearing your space from clutter you no longer need, in preparation to create space for the new things you do need (whether it’s the dirt on the floor, or the anxiety-inducing cycling mind chatter).
- Go outside and count the clouds in the sky. Take a deep inhale, followed by an exhale with each cloud you count. If the weather isn’t permitting, you can count the leaves on a tree, the bricks on a whale, etc. The purpose is to put yourself into a meditative state, and get refocused – so if this triggers any OCD tendencies, this is not the best form of self care for you.
- Sit down and do all of your favorite stretches with the sole purpose to feel good, rather than it being “good for you”.
- Turn off your phone entirely for 10 minutes straight.
- Take a nap! Your hair is wrapped up and won’t ruin your pillowcase.
- Light some Palo Santo and cleanse your aura. Take a few deep breaths and visualize its aroma as calming waves crashing over each area of your body starting from the crown of your head to the tips of your toes.
- Brew a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, and be intentional in your enjoyment with each sip you take.
- Lie down and put your legs up the wall. It helps flush your adrenals, circulate your blood stream, draws blood away from any inflammation in your joints and will energize you. And yes, keep them elevated for the whole 10 minutes! If you feel that dull ‘ache’ or discomfort, that means it’s working. Of course, please do this for pure enjoyment – I am not a doctor and I don’t know your body better than you do.
- Pull up a youtube video of your favorite stand-up comedian doing a 10 minute bit. Everyone knows that laughter is the best medicine, and you’ll be surprised by the dramatic, positive flip in your mood afterward.
- Fold your clean laundry with your favorite TV show on in the background.