Whether you notice it or not, your skin care and self-care activities are rituals. You can do them in a subconscious state, your mind re-playing a stressful encounter or worrying about an upcoming meeting. OR, you can bring your full consciousness to them, noticing the feel of your fingertips on your cheeks as you wash your face, enjoying the coconut scent of your favorite hair conditioner, appreciating the curve of your calf as you massage in moisturizer after your shower.
Because our routines are so habitual, it is easy to mentally check out as we do them. It actually takes a bit of effort to bring your mind back to the moment. But it’s worth it because not only will you do a better job, you’ll also experience greater peace and ease day-to-day. That’s because you’ll be spending more time in the present moment instead of the past or the future.
Self-care isn’t a race and no one gives you a big blue ribbon for whipping through it like Speedy Gonzalez. In fact, one of the great things about our beauty routines is that they involve so many senses – sight, smell, touch, sound and even taste if you’ve got a berry lipgloss.
I am always reminding myself to SLOW DOWN and really savor each thing I’m doing and do it well, even if it’s just brushing my teeth. Today I invite you to accept the invitation your personal routines offer you to increase your mindfulness, clarity and grace. If you don’t pay attention, you miss your life.
Barbara Wayman, APR