I hear a lot from women that they want to get outside of their comfort zone. In fact, research has shown that if you are completely comfortable you aren’t growing. I love to witness this ambition and drive to make a difference and succeed.
But, here’s the thing: staying at this level of performance all of the time leads to stress, overwhelm, and burnout. Certainly not the intended consequence.
The key is learning to find and create comfort outside of your comfort zone…to sustain your glow-getter status with self care rituals incorporated on a regular basis.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Julie Hudson of Mindful Haus, an online shop created with the intention to inspire others to live and give with more light and presence through artisan beauty, sacred self-care rituals and mindful living.
Julie shared that, for her, a self care ritual can be taking even five minutes every day to honor yourself, slow down, and be a little bit more present.
Establish Your Own Self Care Rituals
Not sure how or where to start? Here are six easy ideas to try in order to inspire comfort and help you find more joy even in the simplest of things:
1. Savor your morning coffee.
Pick out a favorite mug. Smell the aroma as it brews and enjoy the sounds that mean the warm cup is almost ready. Enjoy the flavor slowly and while setting your intention for the day ahead.
2. Treat yourself to fresh flowers.
Select flowers that elicit a warm and pleasant feeling or that bring up a fond memory. Place them in a handcrafted vase that suits your style in an area you’ll see often.
3. Light a candle.
This can be a great addition to other self care rituals or can be one on its own. Choose an artisan-crafted candle with a look, fragrance, and even crackle that makes you feel warm inside.
4. Take a warm bath with natural bath products.
Read a book and enjoy a glass of wine or cup of hot tea. Enjoy the warmth of the water, the fragrance of the products, and the taste of the drink.
5. Take a mindful walk without your phone.
Establish a regular path that allows you to connect with the outdoors and causes you to leave your thoughts and worries alone for awhile. Feel your feet hitting the ground, the sound of your breath, and even the beating of your heart in your chest.
6. Sit in stillness and reflection for five minute, do some deep breathing, or meditate.
Taking even a few minutes to tune into your body’s cues and letting your mind relax does wonders for your soul.
Increase Your Awareness
Take a moment right now and ask yourself, “Am I showing up the way I want for myself? My family? My friends? My life?” If you’re answer is no, consider investing some time and energy in establishing self care rituals.
I often say, the real secret to feeling energized and thriving is to find that space where your comfort zone and the discomfort of growth intersect…and then learning how to live there.
Based on my own experience, self care rituals are essential to the “learning how to live there” part.