Creating Balance Daily
Rituals for a more mindful year.
The new year is a time for reflection, gratitude and small shifts toward big changes.
And while we are all hoping for things to get quickly back to normal in 2021, it’s likely we’ll have to spend some more time at home this winter before getting back to our much-missed routines in the spring and summer.
But rather than diving into another Netflix binge or endlessly scrolling social media to pass the hours, let’s be intentional with this time. More time at home may bring up a lot of emotions, but it also presents an opportunity for more self-care, in whatever way you need most.
While the benefits of CBD are truly endless, this year we are extra appreciative of its ability to create balance daily. So if the idea of self-care seems overwhelming, stressful, or you’re not sure where to start, read on for five easy-to-implement CBD rituals to work into your wellness routine.
Ritual 1: Awaken
Start your morning with a mini-meditation to set your intention for the day ahead. First, put a dropperful of Upstate Aura 300mg CBD under your tongue for 10 seconds to soak in all the benefits before swallowing. Then, choose a mantra, or phrase between 3-5 words that you can easily repeat, that reflects your intention for the day. For example, if you have a busy day of deadlines and meetings, you might choose, “I have everything I need for success.”
Set a timer for 5 minutes, take a comfortable seat, and focus on your breathing. With every inhale and exhale, repeat this mantra until the timer goes off. Your day is off to a great start already.
Ritual 2: Focus
Between back-to-back meetings, tasks, and errands, find time to give yourself a mini brain break to reset your focus when you get back to work. Brain breaks are quick, sensory-focused activities that can help shift your mindset quickly and effectively, and you can choose your favorite option from a large variety.
After about an hour of focused work, set aside 5-10 minutes to do something that makes you feel more relaxed. Go for a walk around the block, do a few jumping jacks, or put a few minutes of work into a puzzle. Your mindset will shift instantly, and you’ll be renewed and ready to get back to work.
Ritual 3: Calm
A stressful day may have you reaching for your bottle of CBD before you even realize you’re missing an opportunity for a calming ritual. Get more out of your dose by taking the time to make yourself a relaxing elixir. Grab your bottle of Upstate Aura 600mg CBD, and head to the kitchen.
Whether you prefer a soothing tea, a nourishing smoothie, or a frothy coffee (opt for decaf for maximum chill), craft up your favorite evening drink of choice, and add a dropperful of CBD to enhance the calming vibe it brings. Put down your phone, turn off the TV, and simply enjoy.
Ritual 4: Grounding
Creating a mind-body connection can have a profound effect on your levels of wellness, and a great way to reach a more balanced state is through a regular yoga practice. But before you get overwhelmed with the idea of another thing to add to your to-do list, remember your practice can be as quick as 5-10 minutes a day.
If you’re feeling tense, use your Upstate Aura 2000mg CBD cream to soothe away stress as you flow through a few sun salutations, connecting your movement with your breathing. Always end your practice with a savasana, no matter how small. Your body will thank you.
Ritual 5: Sleep
A regular bedtime routine is invaluable, but in stressful times, it can be difficult to regulate your schedule. If the stress of staying home has you up all night, focus on your pre-bedtime ritual to help you enjoy the process of winding down, without letting your restlessness get you all wound up.
An hour before you’d like to go to bed, shut down your screens and enjoy a dropperful of Upstate Aura 1200mg CBD. The next hour is yours to create an evening ritual you love—whether it’s spent reading, soaking in the tub, enjoying a warm shower, or journaling, just let the calm come to you.