During turbulent times, one of the most simple, yet powerful, ways to remain afloat is by focusing on small daily acts of self-care. Daily wellness routines need not take up a lot of time and can serve as the anchors that hold you in place when it feels like the waves of life are pushing you every which way.
As a woman, you may tend to put your own well-being on the back burner as you support everyone around you. However, to show up fully for others, it's important to "put your own oxygen mask on first" as the adage goes. Incorporating a few key practices (which I refer to as stability anchors) in your day can have a big impact on your sense of groundedness and well-being. Stability anchors don't have to be elaborate, time-consuming rituals; they just need to anchor you into yourself and the present moment.
What are your stability anchors? How can you start by adding just one more into your day today?
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Consume a Nourishing Diet
How you feed your body throughout the day can be an act of self-love. Food has a profound impact on your energy levels, your mood, and your mental clarity. Nourishing yourself does not require that you buy the most expensive superfoods available nor does it mean holding yourself to unrealistic standards and complicated food rules.
Nourishing your body is about fueling in a way that makes you feel your best physically, mentally, and emotionally. Most women find that consuming a mostly whole food diet with balanced blood sugar meals containing protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates is a good starting point. Find what's best for you and use your meal times as a way to practice self-care.
Turn to Your Herbal Allies
Herbs can be a simple and effective cornerstone to your daily wellness routine. Two categories of herbs that can be particularly helpful during trying times are nervines, which have a restorative effect on the nervous system, and adaptogens, which help the body modulate the effects of stress.
These herbs can be taken as teas, capsules, or tinctures, and can also be part of a mid-day wellness habit, such as a calming cup of mid-afternoon tea. Consider Kick-Ass Daily Immune and Emotional Ally, two powerful formulas that can support emotional well-being and optimum immune function.
Carve Out "Me Time"
What sparks joy and makes you feel your best? Even if you only have 20 minutes available for yourself, it can make all the difference in your sense of well-being. Set this time aside in advance and make it non-negotiable. Use it for activities that fill your cup. Some ideas include going for a walk in nature, being in the sun, breathwork, meditation, journaling, or a cup of tea and inspirational reading.
By creating small pockets of time throughout the day for mini wellness rituals, you can remain grounded and calm as the world swirls around you.
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Writer Katie Gerber is a holistic health and nutrition coach serving clients locally in the front range as well as online. In 2014, she completed Aviva Romm's Herbal Medicine for Women certification. After thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014 and the Colorado Trail in 2016, Katie decided to use her botanical medicine and nutrition knowledge to help fellow wilderness lovers seeking more energy and better health. She transitioned from her career as a pastry chef, and enrolled in the Institute for Transformational Nutrition. She now uses her lifelong passion for holistic health with her background in the culinary arts to help people live healthier lives, in alignment with nature. Katie writes for several publications and speaks at local events. When she's not writing and working with clients, you'll most likely find her in the mountains, in the garden, or in the kitchen testing recipes. Find out more about Katie, her articles, and her adventures at her website.
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