One of the nice things about being over 60 is that you can design the rest of your life to be as enjoyable and fun as you want. In my case, my kids are out on their own and doing well. Both of my parents have passed away. Doug and I downsized into an affordable home that’s taken much of the pressure of living in Los Angeles off us. We have two doggie comedians that keep us smiling on a daily basis. Life is good, but occasionally things come up that cause stress. When that happens I make sure to take time out for self-care rituals because they’re important to preserve my sanity.
Carve out space for yourself
First, you need to schedule time for self-care rituals. For me, that means I have to set boundaries or I’d never have the time. As women, that’s not always easy. We tend to see ourselves are nurturers and caretakers, putting others first before ourselves. It’s important to have your own space and take the time to recharge.
Indulge a little
One of my favorite self-care rituals is to take an hour to have a relaxing massage at a spa. I’m a glutton for a rub down. Massage is amazing for your health. It increases your circulation, keeps your lymphatic system flowing and, most of all, relieves stress. I’d have a massage every day if I could. One can dream, right?
Look deep inside yourself
I also take the time to meditate. Sometimes this isn’t easy for me because we live in a small space and I have a retired guy who can’t seem to find anything else to do. My best meditation time is when I go for a walk because I can commune with nature.
Another self-care ritual I enjoy is simply to take a long soak in a bathtub with Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender oil. It relieves my sore muscles that get achy even more now that I’m over sixty.
What are some of your favorite self-care rituals? Please leave a comment below and share.