Wellness can be funny. There are a ton of natural remedies and rituals that can change your life for the better - journaling, herbs, adaptogens, 20 minutes of daily visualization, dry brushing, oil pulling, meditation, mantras, yogic inversions, salt-filled baths every night, bedtime teas, jade rolling, self facial lymphatic massage and a thousand more. They’re all great, but it’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to incorporate every single one of these things into your everyday routine. If you tried to do it all, that’s all you would be doing.
And in the wellness space, we can sometimes get a little snobby about our practices. “You only meditate 30 minutes? Well, I’ve been meditating for 75 minutes every day for the last 3 years and my skin is glowing and my aura is so bright and pure it’s attracted woodland creatures to clean my house!”
All of a sudden, wellness seems stressful and competitive. Which is weird, coming from something that’s supposed to lessen your stress and make you a better person. It’s no longer about how it improves your gut health, hormones, sleep or skin. It’s how pretty are your smoothie bowl Insta shots and do you even juice cleanse?
So what’s a modern hippie to do?
1 - Listen to her own body. In my experience, there are a ton of rituals I’ve tried - some I swear by, some are ok and some are not for me. And you know what? That’s ok. We don’t have to do all the things. Just do the things that resonate for you. If dry brushing before your shower makes you feel like a million bucks, do it. If adaptogen lattes make your body happy, drink up. Kombucha tastes like garbage to you? Who cares!
2 - Remember that wellness practices are a privilege. If the hardest decision you have to make today is if you’d rather get a massage or float in a sensory deprivation tank, you’re doing just fine. #firstworldproblems
3 - Stop focusing so much on yourself! Self-care is wonderful and healing and important. But once it crosses the line to be self-absorption and takes away time and energy you should be pouring back out into the world, that’s a problem. The point is: wellness is individual and only you know exactly what’s right for your body and your soul. Try something new if you’re curious, but don’t feel pressure to stick with it if it’s not for you.
And please remember that after your tank is full, it’s time to give love and support to others.
That’s one wellness ritual I think we could all practice.