Where does your mind go when you hear the world ritual?
Do you think of that weird movie with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman from the 90’s? Do you think of a church or temple? Do you think of the things your fave athlete does before a match or game to ensure a win?
There are a variety of images and connotations that come along with the word “ritual” so let’s discuss what we mean by “ritual” at Silk Studio. When we talk about ritual, we’re talking about it through a self care lens. We mean making self care a ceremonial act or action repeated with regularity.
We know everyone has fifty-eleven things on their to-do lists and sometimes the very thought of being beholden to a new routine can make us itch with anxiety or overwhelm. But self care rituals are about recognizing your individual needs and intentionally taking steps to fulfill them. It’s about finding pleasurable activities and actively participating in them.
Self care rituals aren’t a cure-all to what ails you but they certainly help with:
- Stress reduction (taking time for yourself, you can recharge and better manage stress)
- Improved mental health (helps reduce anxiety and depression and fosters a more positive outlook on life)
- Increased productivity (a well-rested and relaxed mind can focus better and is more productive)
- Enhanced relationships (become more emotionally available and understanding)
- Better physical health (you’re nourishing yourself for the better)
Self care rituals are as unique as the person practicing them but some highly recommended activities include:
- Meditating/practicing mindfulness.
- Creative expression.
- Unplugging for a few minutes.
What are your instructors’ self care rituals?
In addition to sensual movement and dance, Legz finds pleasure and relaxation in listening to music during her daily shower. It helps her tune out the world, clear her head, and lift her mood.
Margarita spoils herself with a weekly wine night and by doing her own nails – not at the same time, necessarily. She also tends to her soul by dancing out her feelings on and off the pole.
Nikki Sinamon nourishes herself with a nighttime routine that includes a 6-step skin care routine followed by a few minutes with her current read. On non-teaching days, the evening routine is combined with a few minutes of sensual yoga or dance.
What do you do as your self care ritual?
Is sensual movement part of it?
Silk Studio’s sensual movement classes allow you to socialize, move your body, engage your creativity, and unplug for 50-90 minutes.
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate sensual movement as part of your self care ritual. Visit https://silkstudiohouston.com/classes/ for our calendar.
TLDR: Self care rituals are a responsible and necessary practice for a well-rounded and fulfilling life. By embracing self-care rituals, you can manage stress, boost your mental and physical health, and improve your relationships. Self-care is a personal journey, and it may take some trial and error to find the rituals that work best for you. The key is to prioritize your well-being and make self-care a non-negotiable part of your routine. When you take care of yourself, you’ll be better equipped to handle life’s challenges and relish its many joys. Silk Studio would love to be part of one of your self care rituals.