Benefits of a nightly self care routine
Self care is more important than you realize. Implementing a small but mighty routine can be an incredible way to get back to pleasure, and a fuller creative and positive life. Here are some ways a self care routine can help shift your overall well being:
It impacts your physical health
Just as eating good foods and exercising are important to your physical health, adding a self care routine can help to reduce stress, thereby reducing your body’s fight or flight response. When you’re overworked and stressed, your body triggers a physiological response that can manifest in different parts of your body. Taking care to reduce the sympathetic nervous system (aka the fight or flight response) can reduce these physiological symptoms in your body.
It helps your emotional health
When you’re emotionally drained, you push down feelings of anger, sadness, or resentment. Taking the time to recognize and validate your feelings is an important step in good emotional health. Carving out some time to go through your emotions everyday is one part of the self care process.
"This is a practice achieved through small acts of love and care, especially done everyday."
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There are many mental health benefits to self care including increased self-confidence and self-esteem. When you practice self care, you’re sending a message to yourself that you matter, that taking the time to care for yourself is important and not selfish. You begin to start feeling more positive about yourself and letting go of any negative self talk. This is a practice achieved through small acts of love and care, especially done everyday.
You step more fully into your pleasure
Part of practicing self care means that you have to say no to things that don’t serve you well anymore. You become more intentional with your time and the areas you focus your energy on. This allows you to do more of the things you love and helps you to attain the goals that matter to you. Practicing boundaries and making decisions that feel good to you will help create that self-love routine we all need to combat the harmful messages society sends us regularly.
You become more intuitive
Taking time to practice self care means that you also look within. You listen more to yourself and your needs and begin to think of ways to reach your true path in life. This clarity can lead to new opportunities and positive changes that can impact your life in lasting ways.
Since we know how beneficial self care is to our overall health and well-being, it’s important to start adding it into our daily routine. One of the easiest ways to begin practicing self care is to add it to your nightly ritual. Put it in your calendar! Add it to your planner! Make this small practice a priority in your daily life. It’s easier to add something in at the end of the day when you’re already settling down for the night, but feel free to create a morning time ritual if that works better for your schedule. The goal here is to keep it simple so that it can become a part of our daily routine.
"Baths aid in increasing circulation and can help to release any tension or negative energy you might have collected throughout your day to help you be present in your body."
Baths aid in increasing circulation and can help to release any tension or negative energy you might have collected throughout your day to help you be present in your body, and know your energy from someone else’s. To get started, fill your tub up to the right temperature. Add all natural bath salts or a bath soak with essential oils. Seagrape’s Rest + Relax bath soak is a favorite blend for soothing the mind and body after a stressful day, but any bath treat you love is perfect here. I like to take a handful of the soak in my hands and set an intention before adding it to the water. Some of my favorites are: This soak is a devotional practice for self-love. This soak is to help me clear other people’s energy off of me. This soak is to help me invite pleasure into my life.
Next, dim the lights and light some candles. If you want to make this practice more magical, choose one intention candle to work with and light it on the bathside as you’re soaking, calling that particular spell or feeling in.
Play your favorite meditation, podcast, or soothing playlist and soak for as long as you need to.
Candles are an approachable way to create a soothing atmosphere and a great way to welcome sleep. Dim the lights and light a favorite aromatherapeutic candle to make your room smell and feel good. Having mood lighting (remember to also turn your phone off) allows our brains to slow down and relax with the flicker of the soft candlelight. Incorporating a candle into a nightly meditation, bath, or journaling session is a great way to support your intention. For example, if I’m drawing a self-love bath I might also burn a pink candle, or one with heat centered essential oils like Lavender and Orange. Gazing at the flame can also be an incredible way to give your active mind a break. Candle gazing is also an effective meditation and magical practice if you’re hoping to enhance your intuition.
"Preparing your sleeping space will also set you up for dreaming and remembering magical information when you awake."
Take five minutes to write in your journal. Grab any old notebook you have or create a special one that you love and will look forward to writing in. Write anything that comes to your mind and let your hand free flow. There is no right or wrong to journaling. I also love pulling a tarot or divination card and letting that guide my writing. You can ask the cards what the next day will hold, or if your guides have any information for you.
If journaling isn’t your thing, you can try meditation. Meditation can help to clear your mind and center you. You can download an app like Headspace for free and let it guide you through the meditation process. Again, this is perfect for beginners and there is no right or wrong way to do this.
Yes, sleep is part of self care. Getting a good night’s sleep is so important to your mental, physical and emotional well-being as well as helping you to be more productive the next day. Take a moment to make the bed in the morning, so when you’re ready to tuck in the bed feels welcoming and cozy. Preparing your sleeping space will also set you up for dreaming and remembering magical information when you awake (especially paired with a nightly ritual). An oil like Mugwort can help ground and calm you before bed and facilitate dreamwork. Make sure to sleep 7-8 hours a day if possible, to get the rest and restoration your body needs to reset and heal from the day. Use a soothing room spray to help you fall into a restful slumber, or have a soothing cup of herbal tea if you need some extra help slowing your brain down.
Start your self care routine tonight
Now that you know the benefits of self care to your physical, mental and emotional health and how to add a simple nightly self care ritual to the end of your day, I hope you start to carve out some time for this.
Not only will you look forward to this routine every night, you’ll wonder how you have ever lived without it before. Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do to better show up for yourself and your loved ones in your daily life, so start tonight and tell me how it goes!