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Starting a new chapter can sometimes take everything that we’ve got, whether you’re beginning a different phase of life, taking a leap of faith into a new project or starting over.
It’s at times like these that self-care becomes even more important; to help nurture ourselves through the transition and create the light and energy we need to keep taking those steps forward.
So if a new chapter has begun for you, consider creating a one or two rituals that support your intentions for this new time in your life…
Even if you’ve never tried it, writing a journal can help you to chart the small steps that you’re taking and in time you will read back through the pages and see how far you’ve come. Remember though that you don’t have to commit to writing every day if that feels overwhelming, once a week or even a couple of times a month works too. Find a beautiful journal or notebook and pour your thoughts and feelings into it, it doesn’t even need to make sense or be in actual sentences. As you write you’ll find that your mind becomes clearer and your mood is lifted.
You don’t need to meditate for hours. Even ten minutes can make the world of difference and helps you to quiet your mind and stay focused on what’s really important to you. My path to meditation began with just two minutes each evening and now I have a regular daily practice which has brought so many benefits including a much quieter mind and emotions that don’t spiral out of control quite like they used to.
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Making changes can be unsettling for most of us and at times it can be more demanding than we thought it would be. This can raise our stress levels a little and we’re much more likely to make bad food choices - just at the time when we need to do the opposite. A nourishing meal or snack can help to balance out your hormones and mood. So, resist the temptation to reach for high sugar snacks or highly caffeinated drinks. Create a ritual from making meals from nourishing ingredients that support your mind and body through your transition.
I believe that to move forward we have to first let go. Don’t think for a minute that I don’t know that is easier said than done! And there can often be so much to let go of. My advice is to start with the obvious things, the things that create the most emotion and the ones that your mind can’t help but revisit time and time again. The process of letting go can come in many forms and often benefits from a little forgiveness too (when the time feels right). I find writing it all down to be very therapeutic. But when i’m done and I can’t write anymore, i find the ritual of burning the paper and burying the ashes brings a sense of completion which supports my intention of letting go.
There are so many ways to do this – meditation, prayer, daily journaling - they’re all very simple and can be done at the start or end of your day. I use a combination of all three throughout my day but it’s important to find what works for you. You’ll be amazed at what a difference this can make to your life, especially at times of change. Here on a few more tips on creating a gratitude mindset.
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.