When everyday feels the same, it's difficult to stay motivated and show up as the best version of ourselves. While things like taking baths, skipping workouts, and treating yourself to whatever your heart desires can be sources of relief, and are important to acknowledge, self-care and self-love goes deeper than that. Doing the things that we find challenging and tough, like reflecting on our thoughts, actions and behaviours, making sure we look after our physical bodies by working out and eating well, and doing the things that we know are going to help us grow isn't easy. It's challenging to leave our comfort zones, but in the name of self-care, it's essential to recognise the differences between needing to take a break and relax, and what looking after other aspects of ourselves (such as mental, spiritual, intellectual, social growth) means for us.
This is where things like establishing a daily routine helps; these rituals provide stability and comfort into our days. Whether or not you follow through with all the steps of your routine every single day isn't the important bit, it's the knowing that it's there for you and will always be there no matter how you decide to show up: it's just showing up sometimes that matters.
We've put together two different routines; one for the early risers and another for the night owls. Take these as a starting point to dive into what setting up a routine means for you, and what purpose you want it to serve for you.
For the Early Risers
1. Daily Guidance: Start your day with a connection to your intuition by pulling a card, and mediate on the message you receive. This is a great way to center yourself, and will allow you to go into your day level-headed and with a clear idea of where you want to focus your energy and what you want to accomplish for the day.
2. Journalling Practice: Let loose all that chatter that's taking up space in your mind, and engage in meditative activities such as journalling. We can only let the new in when we release the old, and journalling is a fantastic way to honour what has come and gone while making space for the fresh and current to be welcomed into your life.
3. Read to Enrich Your Mind: Disconnect from your early morning scroll through social media, and allow yourself to learn something new through the written word. Push the boundaries of what you think you know about self-help, productivity, positivity and management with this title by Woman's Day editor Meaghan B Murphy; it's chock full of good tips and strategies to help you live your life Fully Charged.
4. Aromatherapy/Ambience: Inhale deeply and connect with your breath. Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to the health of the body, mind, and spirit.
5. A Pick Me Up: What better way to start your day than with a delicious cup of sweet, spicy and aromatic chai? Our bottled chais come in two different sizes, are made with oat milk, and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your homes straight from the bottle, over ice, or gently warmed on the stove.
Morning Affirmation: Today is full of potential, and I am aligned with my innate abundance, greatness and uniqueness.
For the Night Owls
1. Keep a Night Time Journal: Having a journal by your bed where you can record your innermost thoughts and record your dreams is a great way to keep track of the workings of your subconscious mind. Written by mystic Tree Carr, Conscious Dreamer is a wonderful and accessible book for beginners to learn how to get the most out of your hours of sleep.
2. Read to Relax Your Mind: As tempting as it is to scroll through social media feeds or watch something to aid the process of falling asleep, the blue light emitted from our devices doesn't allow the production of melatonin in our bodies, which is what causes us to feel sleepy. If you're tossing and turning till the wee hours of the morning, try avoiding screens before bed and instead indulge in a good, old-fashioned book to sooth the mind. Beneath the Skin is a collection of stories from fifteen of the world's finest writers, and these intimate and intriguing stories about various body parts are sure to calm and relax you before you doze off.
3. Reassure Yourself: After a long day where things haven't gone as you would have liked, it's only natural to need some reassurance and shed the negative energy before going off to bed. This title by British-Nigerian writer Chidera Eggerue is a beautifully designed, simple and easy bedside read that will teach you how to celebrate YOU - decide your self-worth, and take time to heal and empower yourself in this messy world.
4. Turn Down The Lights: Creating the right mood and frame of mind can help you to fall asleep faster, and having a set bedtime/time to turn down the lights works wonders. Set your alarms, set aside your phone and light a candle as you go through the motions of getting changed, washing up, brushing your teeth and make your way towards bed.
5. Soothe Yourself: Herbal teas and warm milk are great nightcaps, and sipping on our Moon Milk is a delicious way to soothe, calm and usher you into the land of nod. Made with ashwanganda, which has properties that help combat anxiety, stress, and depression, and reishi mushrooms, which can also help reduce stress, improve sleep, and lessen fatigue, this herbal and non-caffeinated drink is made with oat milk and a dash of date syrup. It's the perfect companion to your evening read.
Evening Affirmation: I am thankful for the good in my day today, and offered my best self. I feel calm wash over me as I sink into a blissful night.