With so many self-care rituals floating around the internet, it can be hard to choose which ones are best and easiest to incorporate into your day. Ani and Esther of Ani and Esther Retreats are spiritual mentors and help people connect with their inner self, spreading self-love and empowerment across the UK. Both experts in spirituality, self–care, and self–love; they shared with us their top tips for self–care.
Winter offers a fantastic time to let your sense of smell bring you into the present moment. Taking a moment to appreciate the nature around you and embrace the smells of November can be a great way of giving you perspective and can also promote and maintain a healthy nervous system. So, appreciate the smell of the bonfire burning, the fireworks blasting, mulled wine pouring and mince pies baking this season.
Essential oils are a great way of incorporating smell mindfulness into your daily routine. Recent evidence has shown that 15 minutes of exposure to essential oils, such as bergamot, can increase feelings of positivity.
Explore your spiritual side
Nurturing a spiritual life can increase the quality of life and decrease stress levels. Take time for yourself, assess your life and reality from a spiritual perspective. Ani and Esther offer retreats in Slovenia where guests can learn tactics to better incorporate spiritual time into their life.
Pharmacological studies have shown that lavender based essential oils can act on our central nervous systems in two ways. Not only do they chemically modulate serotonin transporters in the brain, they can also have a beneficial impact on fighting diseases within the nervous system.
Green Tea has been proven to play an essential role in the way our cells fight against cancer and inflammation. Easy to incorporate into your day, be it as a breakfast refreshment or tea time satisfier, green tea is great for adding a boost of energy when necessary, without the intense caffeine high of coffee.
Simple stretches and muscle pulses can do wonders on decreasing fatigue and pain. With many workers sitting at desks all day, lots of people experience work induced back pain. Incorporating micro breaks into your daily routine to stretch can have a great impact on your body and mind.
Take 10-20 minutes daily to meditate. It will get your mind in the right state to deal with all that life brings and prevent stress and overwhelming feelings.