Hello my lovelies,
You’ve already been reading a lot more from me than you usually do, and I truly hope that you’re enjoying it. Deciding to go through with 12 days of Blogmas is a big deal for me, especially as I’ve been going through somewhat of a transitional period.
Transitional periods can be really tough. At the moment, I am unable to legally start working, nor can I get my driver’s license, and I am not the first person to have to deal with this. Moving to the USA on a fiance visa is a lengthy process that can leave almost anybody feeling a little bit floaty and lost. The way I try to keep myself from spiraling into anxiety or sadness is simply by taking the time out of my (very free) day to nourish my body and soul with a bit of meditation and self-care. Thus, I’m here to share this special slice of my day with you, in hopes that it will inspire you to take some time to yourself today.
Meditation was a completely foreign concept to me a few years back, but ever since my best friend introduced me to an app called Insight Timer, I’ve fully hopped on the meditation bandwagon. Insight timer is a free app that’s packed with free guided meditations (p.s. I’m not being paid to say any of this, although I wish I was – insight timer, hit me up). You can select the length of the meditation you’re looking for, and then pick something that looks good. I’m rarely disappointed by guided meditations on there, but there are also user ratings so you can feel free to check those out. At the moment I aim for anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes, but to be fair, at the start I couldn’t sit still for more than 5 minutes, so take your time.
I know that so many people have either a love-hate relationship with incense, or they just straight up hate it. I am not either of those people, because the smell of incense is incredibly calming for me. It feels like I have almost trained my brain to go into “relax mode” whenever I light it, simply because it is always present in my meditation practice. Lighting incense a few minutes before I do anything sets a calming vibe in the room that gets me into the right mindset.
A cup of tea and a snack
After I’m done with my meditation, I like to take some time to have a cup of tea and have a nice snack. Calming, non-caffeinated teas like chamomile are always my go-to, and my current snack obsession is salted and roasted almonds, coconut chips, and dark chocolate chips. Almonds and coconut contain fiber, protein, healthy fats, and so many other goodies – and we all know the benefits of dark chocolate! I like to make sure that this mid-day snack is nourishing to my body and doesn’t weigh me down. As I slowly finish up my snack, I usually hop back on my lap top and get back to writing, fully energized and full of concentration.
Do you take some time in the day for yourself? Are there any rituals you have?
Let me know in the comments below!