You seemingly know these feelings very well - weariness, the urge to not get out of your PJs, the feeling of “no amount of makeup can conceal my tired face” and so on. We‘ve all been there - sleeping early only to wake up twice as tired as we were before we tuck ourselves to sleep. Have you asked yourselves why? Some of you may have stopped drinking caffeine drinks. A few may have been acting so busy to disregard these feelings or some of you may have not even noticed these patterns at all, and many may have sought medical advice.
Without further ado, the purpose of this article is to help you have a better sleep at night through a ritual.
Why a bedtime ritual? Most of us are okay with the typical routine in which we commonly tuck ourselves to bed, close our eyes, and allow our bodies to doze off. Like how we act today illustrates the possibilities of what’s forthcoming, what we do before bedtime determines a consequential influence on how effectively we will do when we get out of bed the next day.
In this ritual, your bedroom is your sanctuary. It is where each consciousness and half-consciousness meet and one must remember that cleanliness and comfortability connect us better to our inner divinity- our ever passionate, loving, peaceful, and higher true self. Here are key things you must consider:
As we’ve previously discussed, cleanliness and comfortability declutter our mind and better connect us to our inner divinity and this is true not only to our surroundings but to our very selves as well. Bathing is allotting time for yourself- a time you should generously give yourself after a tiring yet meaningful day-for many people it's also the only time during the day that they are not near a screen, which allow more calmness to the mind. In bathing, think of it as not only cleaning and washing the physical dirt off your body but as well as eliminating all the negative (disgust, sadness, fear, etc…) and preparing yourself for once again, a whole enthusiastic you the next day.
Your body is your temple and it is where every magic begins. And one must be mindful of the things we allow inside our body thus choosing your bath recipes in cleansing yourself matters. The use of bath oils vivify your skin more intensely but more importantly, it calms your soul virtuously due to their therapeutic nature. The use of Lavender Oil, Bergamot Oil, and Frankincense Oil is highly recommended as it helps in relieving stress and allowing a better relaxation experience.
Massage therapy provides a deeper connection and balance between our body, mind, and spirit. Some of you may be in two minds adding this in your daily ritual thinking you needed a massage practitioner to rightly perform it on you. Worry not, self-massage is as significant and effective as any other massage. The use of body oil or body lotion would beautifully work especially those with ingredients of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Bergamot as this allows your joints and muscle pains in relief and calmness.
Stretching in physical health and fitness, allows us to improve the flexibility of our tissues and muscles. But this is not only true physically. Just as how it permits us for a stronger, healthier body, it also helps us build on our flexibility mentally and spiritually.
Take a moment and think of a stretching routine at your preference. When you are ready, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Let fly of your mind and enjoy the freedom inside you. And, in every inhale and exhale you partake, try to stretch and reach as far as you can just us how you’d like to reach for your goals mentally and spiritually. Being flexible in mind and spirit allows us to greater heights and a better sleep at night.
Personally, this is my most-awaited ritual at bedtime. Reflecting or meditating allows us to speak with our higher self which should be our ultimate goal every day before we sleep as it is a class of its own in providing us peace and happiness. If you are not tired yet, it might help you reduce your brain activity to the desirable calm, Alfa waves, which will increase your relaxation, calmness, and deepen your sleep for lucid dreaming.
For some who may find it difficult to reflect, the use of oil and incense has been long-observed in almost all traditions known in the world. Lighting an incense will purify your environment and turn your bedroom into your meditation area. Choose incense that will help you clear out negative energy and fill yourself with positive vibrations.
Research shows that listening to music or reading amend your mood. So if you are being reflective, you have the power to go to extremes with your feelings by listening to your desired type of music which parallels to reading as well. Choose your book or music and play it before your good night's sleep.
Unwind and ponder about the things you need to do the next day. You may take notes or simply visualize. Planning for tomorrow keeps you ahead of time! Visualization helps you keep motivated and more focused on your goals. This will help you establish your daily plan which allows you to control your schedule and not let it control you instead, and as a result, this gives you a sense of recreation on a daily basis knowing that you are always prepared for what’s forthcoming. This allows your brain to relax in the middle of the night and pass by negative emotions such as dissatisfaction.
Last but never the least in our ritual is applying oils in your pulse or acupressure points! This requires a physical touch to these acupressure points which are connected to different aspects of our physical and mental health and allows us tranquility. The most recommended oils are Lavender Oil, Chamomile Oil, Sweet Marjoram Oil, Bergamot Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Valerian Oil, Sandalwood Oil, and Ylang Ylang Oil.
Check out this video by @TheSpiritChick showcasing her Evening Witchy/Spiritual self-care/self-love routine.
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The month of April will be a powerful, transformative, and propelling month of highs and lows for all Zodiac signs. Not only are we now officially in the warm and opportunistic energy of spring, but we are also influenced by the sign of the impulsive and confident Aries, inspiring us to act on all our new ideas this month. Now is the time of celebration as we start planting seeds of change, preparing for the warmer months of summer to manifest them into fruition. However, even as our minds are spiraling forward on our hopes and dreams, thanks to Pluto, the planet of rebirth, we may also feel weighed down by the problems of the past this month. This will stir up feelings of uncertainty as we are asked to release bad habits to make way for new opportunities. While this transformation may make things a bit rough, it is necessary in order to reach our full potential. But don't worry, it won't all be bumping waters, as we will end the month on a good note as Venus, the planet of love, enters Taurus mid-month, giving us time to slow down and have a little fun.
With so much going on energetically this month, it can be hard to predict what's in store for each sign. So for today, we're going to touch on a little bit of what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect to feel throughout the powerful month of April and how your individual sign can truly make the most of it.
As the world wakes this springtime, everything in it goes into the process of regenerating. The plants start to flower, trees begin to grow their leaves, more pollen grains are carried by the spring season wind, and days become warmer as daytime gets longer. And, as the Earth itself undergoes a great transition, we too are subjected to a great shift thus it is important learning how to shake off the long winter days vibes and be ready for an immense awakening. And beyond any doubt, many of you are already preparing for this purifying and Spring cleaning and decluttering our houses. Since it's getting less cold it's a great timing to open your windows and air out+smudge your space and get rid of negative energies.
Now, secure your belts, witches because in this article, we will prepare you for this major shift and help you on how to revivify a better and healthier you during this springtime with some other tips aside from smudging!