Preparing for rest is a beautiful act of self-nurturing and a natural first step in self-care. When you carve out time, you prioritize you, and often that is all it takes to see huge shifts in your life. Mornings and evenings lend themselves perfectly to going inside and connecting with the parts of you that get easily overlooked at other times in the day.
A nighttime rest ritual sends a message to your brain that says, Okay, the day is done. You’re off the clock, you can rest now.
I love the word ritual; just saying it evokes a feeling of calm. Rituals frame my life and guide me to remember what’s most important. I am a happier and more compassionate person when I take care of myself first.
Here’s a gentle entry into a nighttime rest practice. Adopt all of the suggestions or take them one step at a time—you decide—but come back to them as often as possible. Turn toward yourself and heal.
1. Healing Bath
Water heals us and clears away the energy of the day. We can’t physically see all of what sticks to us after a busy day, but so much does. Submerge yourself in water with an intention for clearing, restoring, and resetting your energetic body. You will be so happy you did.
Bath water add-ins:
– Epsom salts
– Baking soda
– Essential oils:
o Ylang Ylang
– Rose petals (for a real indulgence)
2. Castor Oil Therapy
When I am particularly tired and need extra soothing before bed, I do a body scan to check in with the part of my body most in need of tender loving care. If you feel achy, stuck, or stiff in a certain area, rub castor oil on the affected area, fill up a hot water bottle (I have an old pillowcase I put around the hot water bottle to protect my sheets), and take it with you to bed. I fall asleep with the hot water bottle soothing the area. This is one of my favorite practices; I do it almost every night, even in the summer. In times of emotional strife, rub castor oil over your heart and fall asleep cradling the hot water bottle in your arms.
3. Foot Massage
Bring your focus inward and experience the benefits of self-massage. Foot massage or reflexology will inspire healing at all levels and support different parts of your body by stimulating related points on the soles of your feet.
Gearing down after a long day of activity allows you the rejuvenation and healing needed to encourage health and well-being. Do this for 40 days and see where it takes you.
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