Self-care is an essential part of becoming your best self. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda teaches us that nourishing our unique pattern of energies is the key to a balanced life.
In order for self-care to be effective, it needs to be part of a daily routine. This brings radical change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps to establish balance in one's constitution. It also regularizes a person's biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity.
Sounds great, right? Here are some self-care practices you can add to your daily routine.
1. Wake up before the sun
Ayurvedic philosophy says that waking up an hour and half before sunrise helps you synchronize with the rhythm of sun, which is a time of pure consciousness.
2. Morning meditation
Because of this state of pure consciousness, Aryuveda teaches us that the morning is the best time to meditate. Meditation is beneficial no matter when you do it, but many say morning practice is particularly fruitful. After a night of rest your mind is clear and ready for a new day to come.
3. Start your day off sweetly with hot water, ginger and honey
According to Ayurveda, drinking hot water, ginger and honey first thing in the morning cleanses you from the inside by aiding digestion. Rituals’ Rose Wisdom tea with a dash of honey is a delicious cup of self-care.
4. Plant your feet in nature
Feeling natural ground beneath you—be it dirt, sand or sea—connects us to our essentials selves in a way that staring at computer screens and smartphones never can.
5. Discover the magic of Abhyanga
It boasts a variety of benefits, including increasing circulation and lubricating joints. Make sure you use the right kind of oil to ensure you get the most out of your massage.
Want to know more about Abhyanga? In this article we explain how a daily Abyanga practice restores the balance of the doshas and enhances your well-being.
6. Care for yourself by getting those zzz’s
We spend roughly 1/3 of our lives asleep, and Ayurveda recognises this as a perfect opportunity to restore your balance. Sleep is the time when your body is able to repair and heal itself. Your mind also become balanced through sleep.
7. Bathing for balance
A morning bath is part of the Ayurvedic dinacharya, or daily routine. Ayurveda experts claim that bathing heals you by relaxing the muscles, unclogging the pores and restoring moisture to tissue. The Ritual of Ayurveda collection was designed with this wisdom in mind.
The type of exercise you should do depends on your dosha type, but according to Ayurveda, all exercise brings balance to body and mind. We particularly like yoga as a way to keep our body and mind balanced.
When you care for yourself, a balanced life awaits you. These simple Ayurvedic self-care practices can make all the difference in your quest for inner harmony, so why not get started today?