Little acts of self care make all the difference in our well being. If you can take 15-20 minutes in the morning to work in something that makes us feel good, then you are setting yourself up for a good day. An act of self care can be anything that makes you happy and grounded. Making a good cup of coffee and sitting down to slowly savour it (sans instagram or the news) is one of my favourites – super simple, yet so effective. It gives me a chance to gather my thoughts and prepare for the day ahead.
Lately, I’ve been adding in this little bath ritual. It only takes about 20 minutes, but on the mornings I take the time to do it I feel much better about the world. The anxiety is a little quieter, my resistance against overwhelm is higher, and my mood is happier.
An Uplifting & Inspiring Bath Ritual
First things first, I add a few drops of the Vitruvi grapefruit essential oil (I get mine from Fieldstudy) to my diffuser. Grapefruit is uplifting, and is thought to have an impact on healing depression. For myself, I find it helps me wake up and feel a little lighter.
Then, I start running a bath. I add a couple handfuls of this Citrus Detox Salt Scrub to the running water. It might be sold as a salt scrub, but the blend of Epsom and Himalayan Sea Salts work beautifully as a bath soak too. I absolutely love the scent – Lisa (the creatress) calls it “sunshine in a jar” for a reason. The blend of citrusy essential oils also helps lift the spirits & heal depression. It never fails to put me in a good mood… I am a Leo, and I CRAVE the sun. Plus, the coconut oil in it means I don’t have to use a moisturizer after (just make sure you’re careful getting out of the tub).
While the bath is running, I light some candles and pray. Prayer is something I am learning to redefine for myself. For me, it means giving thanks for the abundance in my life and for the fact that I woke up. I also ask my guides and guardians to help me get through the day. I keep it simple, and it really only takes the length of time required to light three candles.
I grab some coffee, put on a great playlist or record, and the SOAK. Sometimes it’s only for like five minutes if I’m in a rush to get to work or meetings. On slower mornings I take my time, savouring my coffee and planning out my day or just letting my mind wander.
All of this takes less than half an hour, but sets a solid foundation for the day. On the days I make time to do it I find I have more resilience and am better able to manage anxiety. My depression lifts, even for a few moments. I am inspired to write, create, and connect. It’s simple, but effective.