Soulful Sunday

Become a self-care master and create a Zen, retreat-like experience at home!

Feeling tired and deprived? This is a sign to stop, slow down and honour our needs. We often put off ‘me time’, but making time to nourish and nurture ourselves leaves us better able to handle life’s ups and downs with calmness and composure. Self-care should be a priority – by giving to ourselves first, we are better able to then give to others.

Try blocking out one day a week on your calendar. Devote it wholly and solely to nourishing and replenishing yourself.  Sunday’s are ideal – it’s said that a Sunday well spent brings a week of content (but any day that suits you is good). Even if you can’t manage a whole day, simply setting aside a few hours can bring the most amazing benefits!

Here’s how to do it…

Start your Soulful Sunday by spending some time on Saturday tying up any urgent to-dos. It’s hard to unwind amidst clutter – a gentle tidy up, some fresh flowers and clean sheets can create the world of difference and help make your space sacred. Saturday is also a good time to stock up on all the lavish yourself essentials – fresh, healthy foods and juices, herbal teas, soothing essential oils, massage oils, bath soaks, a notebook or anything else that will make your day extra special.20150928_112940

The night before your day of replenishment, get quiet and ask yourself and your body what it needs. What things help you sink deeply into a state of nourished bliss? Try not to plan too many things for your day – this can leave you feeling rushed. Instead, select just a few activities so you can truly focus on being in the moment.

A few suggestions to get you inspired…

Get Outdoors…

Start the day with a leisurely early morning walk out in nature. Move slowly and mindfully. Really take the time to enjoy and absorb the beauty around you. Soak up your surroundings and give yourself time to simply be. Watch the sun rise. Be barefoot on the earth. Reconnect.

Meditate…

Enjoy a few moments of inner spaciousness with meditation. Set your timer for 5-10 minutes. Practice being with and watching your breath. If you want, you can extend the period of time (though it’s always good to start small and build up). You can even move into a mantra or loving kindness practice or any form of meditation soothes your soul. If you prefer, you could also choose a good guided meditation.

Once you’ve completed your meditation, spend a few minutes observing any internal shifts that have occurred. Notice how nice it feels to be relaxed and know that you can draw yourself back into this calm space any time you like.

Tip: Don’t be disheartened if your meditation experience is more chaotic then calming – that is natural and happens to everyone. Simply keep bringing your awareness back to your breath without judgement and know that it is a process that will bring benefits incrementally each time you do it.

Yoga Glow…

Check in with your body and see what it needs. Is it some slow, gentle early morning stretches? Or are you in need of a more energising morning sequence? Perhaps a few rounds of sun salutation? Tip: Yoga Journal has some great sequences online that you can try.

Nourish…

Treat yourself to a light, nourishing breakfast. Before grabbing the first thing that comes to mind, spend a few seconds getting quiet and again ask your body what it would like? Honour the response. Try making breakfast into a special experience. Prepare the meal slowly and with purpose and love. Give a little gratitude for it. Eat it in a nice, distraction-free setting. Eat with mindfulness and intention. Really taste, feel and smell your food. Once you’ve finished, take a few moments to be still before moving on to your next activity. 20150928_112448

Free flow writing…   

Find a notebook, get comfortable and allow yourself to empty out any clutter in your mind onto paper. Be real, raw, honest and uncensored. Take as much time as you need. Pour it all out until you feel a sense of completion or cathartic release. You may be surprised by what you write. This process helps us eliminate some of the negativity lurking in our minds and makes room for fresh, new positive and uplifting thoughts and ideas. Seeing things on paper also helps us see them differently or more objectively.

Do what you love…

Set aside time to do something you love. Make sure it’s what you really love to do and not what you think you “should” do. Make it something you do for the absolute love & joy of it, something that makes you feel really, really good. It could be getting crafty and creative, cooking, playing music, reading uplifting books or a good novel, writing, playing with your pet, prayer, gratitude work or even motorbike riding. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it takes you to a place of joy.  So often in life we don’t make time for the things we love!

Pamper yourself…

Lather on a face mask, give yourself a foot treatment and massage. Ease your muscles, relax your body and calm your mind. Light some candles and diffuse your favourite, most relaxing essential oils.20151021_182857 Add 2 tablespoons of Relax Bath Soak to a warm bath. The pink clay will soothe, cleanse & detoxify your skin and pure essential oils of lavender, mandarin, geranium and ylang ylang will soothe mind and soul!

Towel dry and then smooth a rich body lotion or nourishing double cream all over. Alternatively, massage & melt away any remaining stress or tension with a loving end-of-day self-massage! Relax Massage Oil contains pure essential oils to help calm body and mind & sweet almond oil which is naturally rich in vitamin E to leave your skin feeling super nourished and soft!

To finish…

Try an evening yin or restorative yoga practice to unwind and finish off the day.  Spend some time reflecting on your day and how it made you feel. Thank yourself for making time for you. To top it all off, finish with a Yoga Nidra session and drift off effortlessly into the land of nod with the soothing and calming pure essential oils of lavender, sweet orange, geranium and ylang ylang in our Relax Essential Oil Blend.