I have started with a new ritual for myself. Right after bath, I now give time to my body. I apply my face cream, foot cream and my body lotion and I try to do this all without any hurry. I repeat the same before I go to bed.
This is really a small change in my routine but it does feel good for someone like me who never gave time to her body.
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Even though I believed I gave time to myself by waking up early and having a morning routine so that I can have some quiet time to nurture myself, I realised I hadn’t really given time to myself- my actual body.
I hardly put cream when at home, wouldn’t even apply lotion during winter when my skin would go all rough and dry. And if at all I did, I would do so in a hurry as if I have to go somewhere urgent even when I don’t.
My nails are always chipped with wornout nail paint, I wouldn’t ever tend to my hair and face unless I had to go out somewhere. I had cracked feet for the longest time but still hadn’t done anything about it. I thought it would take a long time to heal and I didn’t have the patience to tend to it.
Whereas my mother always puts on her cream, her body lotion even in summer and I always felt how she didn’t feel bored to do all these.
But something changed, and I decided that I must try giving time for my body as well. After all, its all I’ve got. So I decided to buy a good foot cream and a body lotion for myself. I think its human tendency to start a new thing with enthusiasm only when you have something new in hand.
And now my latest ritual is this- after I take bath, I put on my body lotion. It smells wonderful, a mixure of coconut and chocolate. My mother said she felt like eating it.
I try to bring mindfulness to this simple exercise. I rub the lotion all over my body slowly, first my left thigh, then my right thigh, then all over my left leg, then right leg, then slowly move on to my arms and hands. I apply it as if I have all the time in the world and I try not to rush.
I look at the skin of my hands and my legs, feel my warm hands touching my skin and I smell myself. It feels wonderful and I feel thankful for having a body, and for being able to take care of it.
I do the same with my footcream and it hasn’t even been 2 weeks, all my cracks have disappeared. My foot has become as soft and pink as a baby and I keep looking at them and touching them. I hadn’t had such soft feet in so long! It feels so nice.
I also put on my face cream looking in front of the mirror and not just mindlessly putting it on my face just for the sake of it. As I look in the mirror putting on my face cream, I smile and imagine my skin is glowing and radiating. And even putting on cream feels joyful.
So I am loving this new ritual for myself. I am not much of a person who is into beauty products and such but now I want to slowly introduce myself to these things. Little Indulgences that makes you feel good isn’t bad after all.
So with this post I just want to remind you to be slow with our bodies. We are always rushing, let us stop for a while and enjoy these simple pleasures.
Our body is always working for us 24/7 but we hardly ever show gratitude towards it. We only realise how fine we were when we are sick, but forget it soon after we become alright.
So while we have it, let us give our body our love, time and indulgence too. It does so much for us. If we take care of it, it will take better care for us.
Also I would love it if you shared your beauty rituals and recommended some of your best beauty products for me.