When it come to health, wellness, mental peace and overall happiness, I want to do whatever it takes to naturally get there. We are living in a busy world, and it is constantly getting busier with people more connected to their electronics than ever before. We are always “on” even when we are not at the office or on the job.
They key to balance is ensuring you give yourself time and space to re-align with your mind, body, and soul. Yes, I am an advocate of the gym and yoga, but also taking self-care a step further by investing in spiritual practices to help center and calm the energy.
- Daily affirmations: I like to do these twice a day, once in the morning and in the evening. Affirmations do not need to be long and endless, they can be short and simply, and accompanied with deep breathing and a dab of essential oils on the wrists. There are times I tune into YouTube to chant along with a video affirmation, and still, the impact helps align and re-center my emotions, energy, and overall sense of calm.
- Meditation: I am still new to the practice of meditation, but that being said, it does not discredit the powerful practice. For me, I like to meditate along to music and someone chanting words of inspiration and motivation. With my time limitations, five minute meditations work best, but many can meditate for half an hour to an hour. Either way, meditation is the best medicine for the soul. Bonus: Add essential oils to the wrists and inhale the oils during deep breathing. It is mentally exhilarating and calming. Alternatively (or in addition to), diffusing essential oils helps set the tone in your meditation space.
- Gratitude: This practice can be done during a meditation, an affirmation, or individually on its own. Expressing gratitude at the onset and conclusion of the day is ideal as it enables you to be grateful for a new day while appreciating the days’ journey.
- Journaling: Writing your thoughts down is one of the most healthiest habits one can get into. This allows your brain to breath and detox from information overload, while also offering a safe place for you to to mentally rewind and connect with your inner-self.
- Tarot and Oracle Cards: This step commingles with daily journaling by adding a lovely and spiritual element to the journal practice. From a tarot or oracle card deck, select a card upside down at random. Once you read the card, reflect on the message written and use it as your guide throughout the new day. I like to keep the card on my bedside table so that I can constantly see it and reflect on the message. If you have an office to attend to on the weekdays, bring the card to your desk.
Explore each of the said practices, and start slowly with a new spiritual method each week, and gradually progress to your desire. You have nothing to lose, rather you will gain additional strength, joy, and peace.