Maybe you can relate - when life comes at me too fast, I can get overwhelmed.
When I get overwhelmed, my anxiety makes my thought train go into overdrive.
When my thoughts go into overdrive, it's like they all bombard me at once; every single sliver of potential worry suddenly looms large, demanding my immediate and full attention, appearing much more menacing and inflated with importance than they actually are.
I get thrust into the future, which, as we know, doesn't actually exist, so it's a very unsettling and confusing place to try and set up shop, which is what it feels like I'm being asked to do in those moments. Figure out the solution to all potential problems; that way, no matter what happens, we're covered.
I have found, over the years, that one of the very best ways of dealing with that kind of mental ambush is to physically ground myself in the present moment.
Sometimes I take a breath and say things out loud for myself to hear: "That (thing I'm worrying about) isn't actually happening RIGHT NOW. Right now, I am sitting in a blue chair looking around my living room, listening to my dog snore. I have a glass of water near me and I can see the sun shining through the window. All is well."
Sometimes - a lot of the time - I take the grounding practice one step further and initiate a Back to Basics Beauty Bomb session.
This practice is literally about bringing your focus to your physical self through the lens of care and gratitude.
Applying this kind of concentrated attention re-roots us right into the present moment, allowing us a clear path back to the kinds of actions we can choose right here, right now, in order to help our bodies become and remain strong vessels, able to withstand any and all of the challenges life decides to throw our way.
If time is limited, I'll pick and choose just a few of the items off this list, just for a boost in the right direction.
But if I have the time available, you can bet your bottom dollar I'll start my Back to Basics Beauty Bomb session at the very beginning, in the shower, and leisurely include every last one of these steps, because time and experience have shown me how much stronger my power pose is when I feel like I am shining my brightest on all levels.
Keep In Mind
Initiating your own Back to Basics Beauty Bomb is not about following my exact routine step-by-step - as I just said, even I don't do that. :)
This list, my list, is more of a general guideline for you to transpose over your own self-care routine.
Maybe you like to oil pull, so that could get added onto your list; or perhaps you are religious about getting professional manicures and pedicures, so you wouldn't need to bother with that item found on my list.
Like EVERYTHING in life, this should be fully customized for YOU.
One size does not fit all when it comes to what our bodies need, and an important part of the self-care revolution is learning how to fine tune your listening skills when it comes to communicating with your body. It will *always* let you know.
Back to Basics Beauty Bomb