Stressed? These rituals help me beat stress every day.

Self-care is so important.  When life gets tough and my cup is feeling empty, I turn to these daily wellness rituals to help me fill it back up again.

Water

It’s easy for me to know when I haven’t had enough water.  I feel tired, cranky, and like I can’t get up off the couch. I bought a 24oz tumbler that I fill up every morning and sip from whenever it catches my eye.  When I’m feeling good I’m drinking about 100oz of water every day, and when I start to feel like a raisin I know its time to get sipping.

There are a lot of ‘rules’ for drinking water – drink 8 glasses, drink 1/2 your weight in oz, or drink until your pee is clear.  I’m partial to the last one, as it correlates well with me feeling my best.  I encourage you to experiment with the amount you drink, the temperature of the water, and adding fruit and vegetables to change the taste.Above all, I encourage you to drink more water.  This wellness ritual is the fastest way to feel good.

Time outside

Sometimes the only chance I get to go outside is walking to the school bus stop.  Even on those days that I only get 5-10 minutes outside I always take the time to appreciate it.  As soon as I step out my front door my breath deepens and my brain clears.  Breathing fresh air will calm your mind faster than anything else, even Harvard says so.  If you’re stuck inside at your desk for most of the day, try adding a walk into your lunch break or while you’re on a conference call.  Even parking farther away from work or your errands will give you a chance to be outside for a few minutes. It can make all the difference in the world on how you’re feeling that day!

Meal planning

This isn’t a daily wellness ritual, but a weekly habit that is KEY to keeping my sanity.  I plan weekly meals for my family based on a theme of the day – breakfast for dinner, Mexican, soup & sandwich, and so on.  I have a running list of meals we like that I choose from. Meal planning is especially important if you follow a diet that requires ingredients that aren’t readily available in a standard grocery store. Things like flax milk, tempeh, and freekeh aren’t always easy to find. If you have your meals planned you can ensure you have all the ingredients you need when you need them.  Putting things down on paper moves them out of my brain so I don’t forget them, which is another way it helps me reduce stress.  Give it a try, I promise it will help reduce some of the mealtime stress that every family faces.

Try these daily rituals to beat stress now.

Skin care

I’m going to tell you something I’m not proud of.  I’m 31 years old and I just really started taking care of my skin this year.  I’ve always suffered from acne, and my skin has changed types many times since I was a teen.  Since I’m all about being a grown-up these days I started researching skin care and figuring out what worked best for my skin.  It’s taken some trial and error but I’ve got a simple system that works really well for me.

Sunscreen is the #1 product to add to your skincare routine. Simply doing that one thing has improved my skin so much.  Look for a physical sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen. The difference is a physical sunscreen creates a barrier on top of your skin instead of absorbing into your skin.  You’ll need to wash your face well at night to get it all off, but it’s worth it to protect your skin.

Sleep

Sleep and I have a complicated relationship.  Sometimes we’re best friends and I fall asleep on clouds of unicorn tears and wake up bright as a daisy.  Sometimes we fight and then don’t talk for a few days.  My body feels best when I get in bed by 9, am asleep by 10, and wake up around 6 am.  Most days, however, I’m falling into bed around 11, falling asleep at 12 or 12:30, and grumbling awake around 7.  However feels best for you, good sleep hygiene will be the easiest way to get there.

Turning off electronic devices 1 hour before sleep will reduce your exposure to blue light.  This frequency of light impacts your brain’s ability to fall into a deep sleep. It does so by suppressing melatonin in your brain.  Curating a calm, restful environment to sleep will also have a big impact on how well you sleep.  Consider things like a mattress topper to add comfort, nice sheets, white noise, or a pleasant smelling pillow spray or essential oil to signal to your brain that it is time to sleep.

All of these things have a similar theme.  Doing something for myself.  When I get so wrapped up in work, family, and other commitments that I forget about myself, that’s when my health starts to suffer.  Incorporating these habits into my daily routine help me stay grounded and in touch with myself.

Leave a comment below telling me your best self-care tips and I’ll feature them in an upcoming post!

Stressed? These rituals help me beat stress every day.