Being as busy as we are, it can be easy to forget the importance of taking some time in the day to relax and unwind. It’s safe to say that senior high doesn’t leave me much time to myself, so I’ve made a conscious choice to take some time each day for relaxing and down-timing.
My preferred time to unwind is just before bed. It’s the time I feel most calm (probably because I’m so tired) and I know that everything important is done, so I don’t feel as if I’m wasting time either. It also helps me to settle down a bit quicker once I get into bed.
These intentional rituals have become my favourite part of the day. I savour this time to myself and look forward to it each day.
Soothing facial ritual
I use a minimal amount of all-natural products on my face. I love putting lovely-smelling goodies on my face. I find the natural scents and fragrances of my products relaxing and calming. I love going to bed with my skin feeling soft and squeaky-clean.
Reflective/ relaxing time
I like to keep my room airy on hot summer nights by leaving the windows wide open until just before I hit the pillow. I have an overactive mind, so I keep a journal where I can write my thoughts and whatever is taking up space in my brain. I also take some time for stretching (I spend quite a bit of time playing school sports so my muscles are often tired) and prayers.
I adore reading. I find it relaxing and entertaining, so it’s the perfect end to any day for me. Once in bed I like to read for a while until I’m sleepy.
I keep my room completely dark at night as I find I sleep best like this. Try out a couple of rituals until you find what works best for you. It can be so satisfying to know that you have a few peaceful rituals to engage in every evening before bed.
I find that I feel calmer and more at peace before bed rather than frazzled and frantic.
Self-care is absolutely essential to our well-being. Let’s make it our priority.
“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”