4 Things I Did Differently This Year To Take Better Care of Myself

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I’m about ready for this year to end. It’s been one long year.

And yet, here I am this December, feeling extremely grateful.

If there’s one thing 2018 has taught me, it’s that my self care practice is definitely a journey. When life happens {as it did me this year}, choosing self care becomes your lifeline.

Today I’d like to share with you 4 things I did this year that helped me take better care of myself.

1| I turned to essential oils more often to help me maintain my zen

This is how I’ve learnt how to take care of myself, support my emotions, recover from illness and heal.

More than the physical benefits of essential oils, I discovered their super power in supporting emotional and mental wellbeing.

I’ve been diffusing different essential oils to support my emotional needs. What I love about this is how profoundly therapeutic aroma is and how specific this action is to each situation.

For moments when I have felt overtaken by fear and overwhelm, I liberally rolled doTERRA’s Peace Blend on my heart. Whenever I was hit by a sense of disappointment and self pity, doTERRA’s Console blend came to the rescue.

I’m grateful for the power of smell, the beauty of aroma and my incredible therapeutic essential oils that help de-stress and relax me powerfully.

Easily ground and re-centre yourself in a few seconds using this ‘Aroma Tent’ Technique.

All you need to do is grab your favorite essential oil, put one drop in your left hand and rub your palms together.

Cup your hands around your nose. Take a deep breath in and out.

Repeat this as long as you feel you need to.

If you’d like to learn more about essential oils for emotional support, download this handy eBook.

2|I started a meditation practice

Finally, I’ve been able to do this consistently. It all started one morning with listening to a guided meditation where I had to sit quietly for 10 minutes. 

I hadn’t counted on how peaceful this simple addition to my morning routine would help me feel.

At the moment, I’m listening to meditations by the late Louise Hay. I love her morning and evening affirmations to start and wind down my day.

Feeding my brain with powerful and positive affirmations has been deeply nourishing and I’m slowly starting to appreciate its impact.

You can listen to Louise’s morning meditation here and the evening meditation here.

Make your life easier by creating a dedicated meditation playlist and listening to that first thing in the morning and just as you’re going to bed.

3| I listened more to my body and her needs

This has got to be THE single most important practice I implemented in my self care journey, because it has brought with it self compassion and kindness.

The body always knows what it needs.

This meant going off pads in favour of the menstrual cup. It was hard at first but patience and loving myself through learning, I discovered its gems.  It’s low maintenance, absolutely comfortable, zero odors and totally leak proof. The best part is that it teaches you how to pay attention to the little signals of your body. I strongly believe that the menstrual experience should be beautiful for ALL females and the cup is one way to get there.

This has made me more conscious and deliberate about working with my menstrual cycle, appreciating the different strengths inherent in each stage and using it as the gift that it is.

p.s: If you’d like one for yourself, reach out to Ebby here.

It also meant going off yoga for a whole month because it had become an exercise in self criticism and feeling incompetent.

I also embraced drinking plenty of tea as a way of calming myself down, taking whole days off to rest if that was what my body was craving and getting into regular conversations with my body, asking her what she needed and how I can support her.

4| I Decluttered Regularly

 This is what led me on the path of the orgasmic lifestyle and self care in the first place. {You can read a bit about that here.}

Decluttering allows me to let go of what I no longer need in order to make space for who I am Becoming {please take a moment to read Michelle Obama’s story. It’s very thought provoking. Or take a moment to watch her interview with Oprah on Facebook.}

I’ve come to appreciate that I am continually evolving and changing, and what worked for me last year, last month or even last week might not work for me today.

The most important lesson from decluttering and pruning as a process is learning how to create space and to appreciate where you are in the journey.

Declutter your environment, especially your digital space, your wallet, your closets and your drawers.

Declutter your relationships and let go of those people who are no longer a part of your story.

Get rid of everything in your life that no longer serves you and free up your energy.

This is the ultimate in self care.

Your Turn

What have you added in this year that has helped you take better care of yourself ?

Let me know in the comments below.