There are so many self-care rituals to embrace, it can be completely overwhelming. How do you know which one is really going to make a significant impact on your life? When I started my journey into conscious eating and living, which was more than a decade ago, I was completely overwhelmed with all the beneficial things I could and should be doing in my day.
If I adopted all of them I would have a full time job!
So over the years I have slowly tried them on, experimented with them, and kept the ones that work for me. It's important to recognize that there isn’t one right way for everybody, we’re all different. And it's crucial that you find what works for you and it's okay if that changes over time.
I've tried a lot and I’ve sustained the self-care rituals that work for me and make me feel better. Check out some of the self-care rituals I’ve tried...
When I decide to try out something I usually commit to it for at least a few weeks and see how it makes me feel. If I feel better and enjoy it then I’ll keep it around. A lot of these things I still do on most days, but I only have one thing that I have to do everyday and it’s my non-negotiable.
It’s warm lemon water when I first wake up in the morning.
Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning hydrates you, helps your liver detoxify, brings your body to a more alkalized state, reduces water retention, aids digestion, improves your skin and more. Check out this article for more info on the benefits.
But the reason why I have kept it as a daily ritual, and now it has become my non-negotiable, is because I feel better when I start my day with it. I feel less bloated, my digestion feels better and my body feels clean and healthy.
I do it because I feel better... it's that simple.
If you are interested in experimenting with what warm lemon water can do for you, then give it a go for a few weeks. It’ll take about a week before you feel a physical difference in your body. Try it and see how you feel.
Here's what to do: Take half a lemon and squeeze it into a mug of warm water (about 10oz) and drink it first thing when you get up in the morning. This might taste sour at first, but you will get used to it… do NOT add a sweetener. Then you can go about your normal morning coffee or tea drinking and breakfast.
Whenever I try a new ritual I’m always shocked at how my regular habits are so ingrained.
When I first decided to try the lemon water I found myself drinking my coffee before I would remember and then it was too late. After a few mornings like that I decided to set myself up for success by placing a lemon in front of our espresso machine at night. That way in my morning haze I didn’t have to remember. The lemon was right there to stop me in my tracks.
What's your non-negotiable self-care ritual?
Are you interested in finding out more about some of the items on my list?
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Hope you have found this helpful.
-love and gratitude