You could say that self care has been the journey of my life. I know how to take care of myself, and I know when to turn to healing practices to make myself feel better. That information transformed my life. And it has been a privilege to teach others that same knowledge for the last 20 years.
The thing about self care is that it isn’t fluff, it’s a necessity. Life is going to feel very untethered and fragile if you can’t identify constructive tools that make you feel safe in the world in times of threat and stress. Below, you’ll find three practices that I love in my own life, and that I have found to be universal in their healing powers for others. But the important thing is that you hold on to the idea of loving yourself and keeping yourself grounded and safe. Whatever activity does that for you, that’s the healing practice you should rely on.
Castor Oil Therapy
Castor oil sequesters white blood cells. Before bed, take a moment to check in with your body. If anywhere feels achy, take a few drops of castor oil and rub them onto the affected area. Fill up a hot water bottle and take it with you to bed, and then fall asleep with the hot water bottle resting against your achy body part. This will not only relieve the pain and swelling, but it is a deeply soothing ritual. Even in times of emotional strife, rub the castor oil over your heart and fall asleep cradling the hot water bottle in your arms.
Listen to Music
Music reaches a part of the soul that nothing else can touch. I love seeing the way that it can transform people, easing body language, loosening people up, lightening a mood. It can change the entire vibe of any situation. For me, I love to put on mantra CDs and chanting when I’m going through stress. I chant along as I work around the house, and let the melody and lyrics work their magic. Never underestimate music’s power as a healing tool.
Walk the Dogs
This is a two-for-one healing practice: time with animals and experiencing nature. I love sharing my personal space with animals. I think that tremendous healing can take place when we share our energies. My two dogs are by my side at all times! When we take our walks together, I feel like nature recharges my batteries. The movements and brightness and smells and sights and sounds of the outdoors provide a wholly rejuvenating experience for me. Even on the most blustery day, there is beauty to be found out in the wild.