Ground Your Nervous System with this Full Body Self-care Ritual

Finding moments of stillness and tranquillity in our fast-paced modern world can be a precious gift. Our nervous systems often bear the weight of daily stressors, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and disconnected from ourselves. However, amidst the chaos, taking time to connect with yourself can be a powerful holistic practice that can help restore balance and soothe our frayed nerves.

Invest in yourself with this full-body self-care ritual:

Take a deep breath and allow gratitude to fill your being as you embark on a mindful self-massage ritual. Begin at your head, gently rubbing in the oil and cultivating an appreciation for each body part. Give thanks for your unique features, senses, voice, ears, and brain. Move down to your neck and shoulders, feeling gratitude for their strength and flexibility. Continue massaging the oil into your arms and hands, acknowledging their capacity for expression and creation.

As you work through your chest and stomach, express gratitude to your body for its unwavering support and for housing your soul. Recognize it as the solid foundation that allows you to navigate through life's experiences. Shift your attention to your buttocks and proceed down your legs, consciously focusing on every part you massage.

When you reach your feet, pause to honour the years they have faithfully carried you. Appreciate their resilience and the freedom they have granted you in movement and exploration. With your eyes gently closed, take a moment to scan your entire body, observing any areas of tension or discomfort.

As you breathe, visualize the tension dissolving, releasing its hold on your body. Allow each breath to serve as an invitation for relaxation and release. With each exhale, feel the tension leaving your body, making way for a renewed sense of ease and tranquillity.

Take your time savouring this moment of self-care and gratitude. When you're ready, open your eyes, feeling refreshed, renewed, and connected to the inherent wisdom and healing power within your body.

 Ford, Debbie. (1998). The Dark Side of the Light Chasers (p. 152). HarperOne.