Ayurvedic Evening Rituals
[The importance of 𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 (especially when dealing with anxiety & depression)]
Creating a morning and evening routine is one of the best things you can do, for both your physical and mental health. Doing this creates end caps to your day, where you start and finish your day at 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳.
𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐟𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠,𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐟.
(TIP: Only add one new practice at time and practice it until it becomes an effortless, built-in ritual. Then, add another.)
𝐁𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠/𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐬 for the 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠:
1. Turn off electronics an hour before bed (or phone on airplane mode)
Stop the endless flow of external stimulation and allow your senses to wind down.
2. Dim the lights, tidy up from the day, burn dried herbs or use essential oils to make your space look, feel, & smell beautiful
Being in a clean, pleasant space is healing for your mind and body. Allow yourself time to reset your space so that it's a healing environment for you.
Vetiver, lavender, jatamansi (spikenard), or chamomile are beautiful essential oils for relaxing.
3. Bathe off the day
A warm Epsom salt bath is incredible for sore muscles or frazzled nerves
4. Give yourself a warm oil massage (this can take all of 5 minutes and feels sooo good!)
Light yoga, especially yin yoga, is amazing for helping your mind and body relax and unwind from any tension built up from the day
6. Breath practices
Lunar pranayama or slow deep breathing (especially paired with your stretching/yoga practice) helps the mind unwind
7. Meditate (even just 2-5 minutes of sitting silently, observing, and practicing mindfulness can help bring you back to yourself)
8. Calming tea such as chamomile, lavender, lemon-balm, or tulsi
You don’t have to do it all! Remember, something is always better than nothing. Start with whichever thing feels most exciting and expansive to you. Make it simple. Do it daily for a week. See how you feel. Evaluate if it is the right practice for you. If not, change it. If so, keep doing it!
Small shifts create big change.