Hello beautiful souls!
I’ve been wanting to become more active and disciplined with my blog posts, so I’m doing the effort to post twice a week. On Sundays, I’ll share a recipe with you and on Wednesdays, I’ll share lifestyle tips or my opinion on any subject that I believe it’s important to share with you guys. I hope you like this idea. Also, I hope you like my new layout…have you seen it? I would love to hear from you all!
But back to business, I always wanted to share a bit of my daily routine as it may not be so familiar to some of you. Since I’ve became vegetarian, I have abandoned lots of habits that weren’t doing any good to my body or the environment. I used to wake up, eat breakfast, rush to work. And so it goes…not one single bit of TLC.
And even growing up, I didn’t care much about it. I guess I never really learned to be fully grateful for my
almost perfectly functioning body and I am also guilty of never caring much to my appearance. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think we should be super self-conscious and spend hours stuck in the bathroom with our moisturisers, cleansers, hair-dryers and so on. That’s not the type of care I’m talking about. What I’ve been guilty of is to simply not care at all about taking some time to look after myself. And not just in the physical aspect of it, but also, in the emotional and spiritual sense of it.
All these 3 parts are important to us. We are complex, unique individuals and we need to care for our own wellbeing. And we all have our own ways of looking after ourselves. The only thing we cannot do is to forget that we need some maintenance and love to flourish and become the best version of ourselves.
Another really important point here…I’m not perfect (duh) and I cannot emphasise this enough… In this *magical* world of social media where this blog started, we get lost in the beautiful pictures, perfect bodies and amazing shots that people display every second. And we forget that they are all regular people, and they are not perfect either.
We push ourselves so much to be ‘perfect’, to look impeccable, to show how beautiful our lives are that we forget that we don’t have to prove our worth to anyone but ourselves. We have to respect our limits, listen to our body and make the best out of my life, for yourself, not for others.
I, myself slip on my practices most of the time. Ooops.. You know, life is hectic, we get up late, we forget to do pack our healthy lunches, we have some surprises that knock us down and leave us lost and we forget to do the things we are set to do. Well, you know, shit happens. And when it happens, I just remember to take a deep breath and keep going. I will do better tomorrow. We have to learn to continue our journey the next day and keep our minds positive and ready for our journey ahead.
Don’t feel defeated because you failed. We all do. What makes the difference is how we get up and move on.
So, here is my ~ideal~ daily routine. And I’ll be so proud of myself the day I can accomplish this without having the burden of reminding myself of it. Have I mentioned I’m terrible at making new habits? Oh well, no one’s perfect anyways, right?
Daily Self-Love Routine
In the mornings as I wake up, I like to give my body a good stretch, even if it’s just a round of Sun Salutations. They make me more inspired and vibrant for the day ahead.
Before getting breakfast, I brush my teeth and scrape my tongue (never heard of it? Read more here).
Heading to breakfast and before I get started, I prepare a glass of warm water with lemon or ACV (more info about it here). I just recently kicked in with this habit although my mother has been telling me to do so since I was 13! Oops (again). Drinking my water with lemon gives me enough time to prepare for brekkie and half an hour later, I can enjoy the first meal of the day.
After brekkie, when my partner heads to work and I have the house to myself, I like to sit down in my room, lit up a candle, apply some healing oils on my wrists (I highly recommend Flora Remedia as they have a great range and they smell delicious) and right in front of my mandala of crystals I set my intentions forth for the day and I’m specially thankful for my life. This one bit of my morning is something I really appreciate. It helps greatly with the way I will deal with anything that comes up in my day and helps me to focus on the good things in my life. Gratefulness achieves wonders. And as the saying goes…
“It’s not happy people that are grateful but grateful people who are happy”
The afternoon is usually the busiest time of the day for me and I guess for most of you too. So whenever I manage to have a break, I make the best effort to simply disconnect from everything for 5-10 minutes and breathe deeply a couple of times. If possible, I’ll go outside and get a bit of sunshine in my skin. I spent 40 hours a week working inside a building, so it’s such a treat being able to go out and see the sun.
Finally after a long day at work, before I go to bed, I have a shower with a natural, chemical-free soap and if I have to, I’ll wash my hair, and sometimes when my skin is feeling a bit dull, I do a little homemade scrub to clean the dead cells and brighten up the fresh skin. After the shower, I apply some coconut oil in my skin and face and I feel lifted and glowing. Plus, smelling delicious!
Now in bed, I like to do some writing or reading. So I grab my journal and jot down ideas, feelings and thoughts. And that’s the best way for me to learn a bit more about me, because that’s the time that I take to reflect on what’s happening and express it somewhere else other than my mind. I find this extremely healing. And discovering yourself is the best way to improve yourself.
Right now, I’m also super excited to read my new addition which I was gifted by lovely Gaby who is an emotional healer and also great friend of 2 of my friends (who don’t know each other)…talk about a small world! The book I’m reading is called A Journey Into Mindfulness by Rachael Kable. (Thanks Gaby for your awesome gift!)
And there, just before going to sleep, I lay in bed and thank the Universe for another day, with all the struggles, learning and blesses.
So, here’s what my day of self-love and care looks like. Again, it’s not perfect. But each day I strive to be better than the day before, and with each mistake I learn a bit more about myself, my wishes, my weaknesses and strengthens. After all, our body is our temple and it’s up to us to care of it.
“Your body is a temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul who reside in it.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
What is the routine you keep to show yourself some love? Share it in the comments. I would love to hear from you! ❤️
Peace and love,