I’m always on the lookout for simple wellness rituals that I can pop into my week. With so many obligations on the go, I need rituals that will fit into a few moments, or when I need to take an hour or two to myself. These are the ones I keep coming back to time and time again for a little Mom Time. Most of these wellness rituals are ones that are low-cost and are easy to sneak in, once the kids have gone to bed.
I double dog dare you to fit one of these into your week and try it out. I’d love to hear more of what rituals you use too in the comments below. I’m always open to trying a few more!
A Little Cheer for the Counter
Every other month or so, I will bring some flowers to my kitchen table. Sometimes that means cutting them from my garden outside, other times, I visit my local florist to grab a few stems. This little pop of colour on my table makes me smile. I use a 1L canning jar with a Wide Mouth Frog Lid that makes arranging them a snap. If you’re not creatively blessed, ask your local florist to match up a few stems in a bouquet for you.
Hydrate or Juice It Up
Even slight dehydration can affect your brain function, mood and energy. Although sometimes it doesn’t feel like drinking water is sexy, treat yourself to an extra cucumber and a few mint leaves, lemons and limes, or a pomegranate on your next grocery shop. Adding these to your water can get that brain function under control and make a difference in your week. Mix up a pitcher in your favourite glass pitcher or store in a mason jar for use throughout the week. You don’t even have to share.
Juicing is a delicious and easy way to get your veggies in. Your body will thank you for dropping into your local juice bar. Enjoy a tech-free time out for 30 minutes while you enjoy your juice. (Bonus points if you pick anything with green veggies or wheatgrass in it).
Go for a Massage
My husband and I frequently book a one-hour massage for a time out. This one usually ends up being a cost effective option as our extended health plan covers it. Massage can help you relax, but it also has proven to counteract all the sitting we do, soothes anxiety and depression, improves sleep and boosts immunity.
You don’t need health benefits to enjoy it either, you and your partner can practice on each other. Besides feeling great on sore muscles, massaging each other can promote trust and build intimacy.
Clear Your Mind
I struggle with clearing my mind! There is always something going on there, from my next article to planning dinner. In order to relax though, and be able to sleep, that grey matter needs an OFF switch. Ways that I’ve been able to clear it:
- Meditation: Headspace for me has been a game changer. This meditation app can be added to your device to listen to on the go.
- Savasana: After-yoga ritual of lying still after your practice is a great mind clearer. Just set your intention and lie still. It’s harder than you think!
- Get Outside: Go to your happy place. To me it means hitting a trail with trees, but wherever in nature you find your calm will work.
Skin & Hair Rituals
With the harsh Alberta winter, taking care of my skin & hair is a must. Skin care is fairly simple, just involving some mud masks and additional moisturizer. Hair care has been a little more challenging. Recently, I tried the new Whole Blends Moroccan Argan & Camellia Oil shampoo, conditioner and Marvelous Oil. Before using, my hair was dry and flat. After a little me time in the shower basking in the sweet notes of camellia, my hair was shining and ready to take on winter again. Try my shower routine by:
- Apply Mud Mask: Add mud mask of your choice then turn on the shower water to warm up.
- Use Marvelous Oil: Add oil before you shampoo your hair to help nourish it after the harsh winter winds.
- Wash Away Your Worries: Add your perfect Whole Blends shampoo and work into the hair.
- Exfoliate: Gently rinse off mud mask & use your favourite body moisturizer.
- Smooth Your Hair: Add your favourite Whole Blends conditioner to reveal your shining locks.
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