Self-Care Rituals for Relaxation and Stress Relief

self care rituals for relaxation and stress relief

Battery running low? Don't reach for a charger, reach for some you time!

Life in Chelsea is a whirlwind of social engagements, career demands, and family commitments. But even the most glamorous amongst us need a chance to unwind and recharge. That’s where self-care comes in, your very own personal oasis in the heart of the city.

Why Self-Care Matters

Think of yourself as a masterpiece, a work of art curated by your experiences and choices. Just like any masterpiece, you need regular maintenance to stay radiant and strong. Self-care isn’t a luxury, it’s an investment in your well-being.

Madam Me's Self-Care Sanctuary

At Madam Me Salon, on the prestigious Sloane Avenue, we understand the importance of self-care. That’s why we offer a haven of tranquillity amidst the Chelsea buzz. Our expert team is dedicated to crafting bespoke self-care rituals that cater to your unique needs.

A Peek Inside Our Self-Care Box

Escape the daily grind with a pampering session. Our menu boasts a variety of massages, facials, and hair treatments designed to melt away stress and restore your inner equilibrium.

Step into a world of serenity the moment you walk through our doors. Our calming ambience, complete with soothing music and aromatic scents, is designed to whisk you away from the everyday

Our team isn’t just about treatments, they’re your self-care gurus. Seek advice on creating a personalized self-care routine that fits seamlessly into your busy Chelsea lifestyle.

Feeling low on energy, beauty, and happiness?

It’s time to refuel your engine with self-care dear. Maybe you already know how to pamper yourself. Maybe you have read enough self-care blogs online. But I am sure, this one here will sure steal your heart. So before you repeat the practice of self-care with the knowledge and tools that you already have. Let’s peep into Madam Me’s box of Self-Care Rituals. 

Try something easy this time. As easy as hugging your furry friend!

Speaking of which…hug someone you love

You like a host of people around the world might not appreciate the importance of human touch but a 20-second hug deserves a pride place in any self-care toolkit. Why? Why not! Hugging someone you love is a powerful form of self-care and stress relief. Remember that “Jadu ki Jhappi” from Munnabhai MBBS? Hugs can actually do magic! Hugging triggers the release of oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone” or “cuddle hormone.” Oxytocin promotes feelings of bonding, trust, and connection, leading to a sense of warmth and well-being. This hormone also helps reduce stress levels by lowering cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone. It also initiates the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters that promote feelings of happiness and pleasure. These “feel-good” chemicals help lift mood, reduce feelings of loneliness, and create a sense of connection and belonging. Don’t worry if you have no one to hug. Just hug yourself. Yes, I am not kidding you. Just try it! In this act of self-hugging, you gift yourself a moment of profound self-care and acceptance. As your arms encircle your body, you create a sanctuary of comfort and reassurance, a safe haven where you are held and supported unconditionally.

Ask yourself - How are you and reply honestly

It’s fine to reply “I am good.” when someone asks “How are you?” But don’t lie to yourself. It’s okay not to be okay sometimes. Accept it and find out – Why are you not fine? What is bothering you? Now pen down the reasons on a sticky note. And deal with them. Trust me you’ll will soon be able to strike them off of not just that tiny paper but also your life. I am not encouraging you to journal (if you don’t want to) but jotting your problems down on a paper just like your to-dos really motivates you to get rid of’em ASAP. For instance, you want to quit smoking or any other unhealthy eating habit. You tell this wish to your diary. Then figure out the alternatives such as vaping, switching to nicotine gums, working out or keeping yourself indulged in activities that interest you more if you can’t go cold turkey. If nothing works, maybe this time you would choose to simply switch to lighter versions of the cigarette you’re bumming at the moment.

Eat the frog

Not literally! I mean the devil is in small tasks! So finish what you have to finish! Because pending little tasks, that you have been procrastinating on can give you big stress, limiting your capacity for creativity, problem-solving, and self-reflection. Whether you have to go for a haircut, meet your bestie, organise your cupboard or just pay your credit card bill. Unfinished chores start looming over our heads as our brains tend to remember uncompleted or interrupted tasks more vividly than completed ones. However, finishing tasks triggers the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine, often referred to as the “feel-good” chemical, offering a profound sense of achievement. So this time when you take an off of your work for self-care, try to finish those tasks first that will make you cut a capper.

Don’t be over-confident

Even monkeys fall from trees. No matter how capable or skilled you are, sooner or later, you lose your balance and make mistakes. We all tend to believe what we see. Until we see some drastic change in our body or physical appearance we don’t visit doctors. Research says individuals who underestimate their health visit the doctor 21% more frequently. Medical bills anyway can rip you off (not to mention the stress and pain). That’s where self-care comes in and saves you a fortune while boosting your motivation and self-esteem leaving you with raised energy to support yourself. Always remember prevention is better than cure. It’s imperative to keep your health on the radar as health is your first wealth! Go for regular full-body health check-ups to keep doctors at bay. Eat healthy food, don’t skimp on fruits and nuts and always make time for a morning walk and meditation daily. Especially if you have a family history of diabetes, thyroid or any other chronic disease. If you find out the cause of your condition today you can treat it before it’s too late. For instance, we usually relate hair fall to nutrient deficiency. But this is not always the case. Unreasonable weight or excessive hair fall (more than 100 strands a day) can be a symptom of some serious illnesses such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, anaemia or even Alopecia areata. If you are able to diagnose it you can prevent it from becoming a terrible life-time sickness. If none of these are the reason behind your hairfall problem then you simply might need a good haircare product such as Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment Spray.

Feast your body and soul on greens, morning breeze and sunrises

I’ve always believed the best things in life are free. As Wayne Fields said, sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise, and diet are the six best doctors. Keep in touch with them and you won’t need the pricey ones. Now that you know it, look for some excuse to go out in nature. There are many! Mornings are better as the air is less polluted, the sun emits advantageous rays and the atmosphere is full of good vibes. Regular morning walks can also help you feel better, lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, clear your mind, reduce blood pressure, increase energy, improve memory and lessen your risk of dementia, boost your mental and emotional health and prevent weight gain. Not just that, watching greenery first thing in the morning and walking in green grass keep your eyesight intact. If you can’t make it in the morning, you can take a walk during your lunch breaks while at the workplace, go on a stroll with family or walk your dog. Studies have shown that people who walk at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, have 43% fewer sick days. And if you get sick, you’re likely to have milder symptoms.

Don’t hesitate to take a midday movement break

Incorporate movement into your day with a midday stretch or short walk. Spending prolonged hours sitting can lead to stiffness and tension in the body. Take a break to stretch your muscles, loosen your joints, and get your blood flowing. Not only will this help alleviate physical discomfort, but it will also boost your mood and productivity.

Meditate to make your morning a good morning literally!

RELAX. You are enough. You have enough. You do enough. Inhale. Exhale… let go, and just live right now in the moment. Start your day on a peaceful note by dedicating a few minutes to meditation. Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably, and focus on your breath. Allow your mind to settle and your body to relax as you let go of any tension or stress. Even just five minutes of morning meditation can set a positive tone for the rest of your day. Other benefits of meditation include building skills to manage your stress, making you more self-aware, focusing on the present, reducing negative feelings, helping you be more creative and patient and lowering resting heart rate.

Pamper yourself

There are tons of self-pampering activities you can indulge in. Think soaking in a hot bath, sleeping in or taking a nap, going to a spa or creating a spa day at home, unplugging from technology, watching a movie in your new pjs, eating ice cream out of the container, buying something for yourself, exploring your surroundings and going on leisure trips (solo or with your tribe). You may also think of trying something you have not done yet but want to like getting a tattoo, body piercing, going for nail extensions, changing your looks, enjoying a body massage, learning a new language, joining some dance classes, etc. Life is too short to not treat yourself like a princess. If this is too much, then simply start your day with Oribe Vof Body Creme RTL and end it with Guinot Night Logic Crème and see the difference.

Treat yourself to a nourishing breakfast

What you put on your very first plate can significantly impact your day. You need a breakfast that fuels both your body and soul. Choose wholesome foods like fresh fruits, whole grains, and protein-rich options to provide sustained energy throughout the day. Take the time to savour each bite, appreciating the flavours and textures that delight your senses. This is not it. Indulge in a pacifying afternoon tea ritual to pause and recharge. Brew a fragrant cup of herbal tea, such as chamomile or peppermint, and savour it slowly, allowing its warmth to envelop you from the inside out. Pair your tea with a healthy snack or a piece of dark chocolate for an extra dose of pleasure. This is all you need sometimes to invite in calming and positive energy. If at home, what else is more soothing than cuddling up with a mug of your favourite tea while Netflixing?!

Move your body baby. Say yes to digital detox hour!

Set aside an hour each evening to disconnect from screens and engage in tech-free activities like walking, running, dancing, cycling – whatever makes you happy. You can also use this time to read a book, journal, or engage in creative hobbies like drawing or crafting. By unplugging from digital devices, you give your mind a chance to rest and reset, promoting better sleep and overall well-being. Lighting up this magical artisanal Japanese incense can work like a charm if you want to sleep like a baby after a tiring day.

Make evening relaxation a routine

Wind down before bed with a calming evening relaxation routine. Take a warm bath infused with essential oils, such as lavender or eucalyptus and Himalayan salts, to soothe tired muscles and promote relaxation. Throw a “me” party by yourself at home. Make your favourite cocktail, turn up your favourite song, and dance around the house. If dancing is not your thing. Follow it up with gentle stretches or yoga poses to release any remaining tension in your body. Finally, snuggle up in cosy pyjamas and engage in a relaxing activity like listening to soft music or practising gratitude journaling to cultivate a sense of peace and contentment. Adding the fragrant Desertland Candle to the ambience can take you to a place you won’t want to come back from

Inhale the future, exhale the past with Yoga

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. Make some time for Yoga. If not daily then at least thrice a week. Basically, yoga unites your body, mind and soul. The health benefits are quite remarkable. No wonder yoga is spreading throughout the world so quickly. It offers a multitude of transformative effects on the body, ranging from increased flexibility and strength to improved cardiovascular health and immune function. Also, the ancient practice can work like a charm if you’re craving that dream body and skin. Yes, I said skin. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana), Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana), Downward-facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), Fish Pose (Matsyasana), Plough Pose (Halasana), and Shoulder stand (Sarvangasana) are the 6 secrets to achieve that Korean-like glassy, bright and glowing skin. You might try pilates or tai chi as well. While yoga focuses more on flexibility and broad muscle groups while pilates concentrates on muscle toning, body control, and core strength. If full-fledged yoga or pilates is not your cup of tea, you may easily do face yoga while watching your favourite web series on TV. Facial yoga is a natural approach to anti-ageing and facial rejuvenation. It involves a series of facial exercises and massage techniques designed to tone and strengthen the muscles of the face and neck, reduce tension, and improve circulation. Similar to traditional yoga, face yoga aims to promote relaxation, balance, and overall well-being, but it focuses specifically on the muscles and tissues of the face. For an extra dollop of relaxation, why not add a few drops of Gold Lust All Over Oil to a carrier oil, like grapeseed, and massage it onto your neck and collarbones? This indulgent ritual would be perfect before bed to prime you for sleep.

Don’t forget to take your supplements duly

In this rush culture, it’s not possible to get everything we need from the food we have. What if you’re a vegan? Therefore, ensuring you have the right supplements can be an important aspect of self-care. However, it is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking medications. They can help you determine which supplements are appropriate for your individual needs and ensure they won’t interact with any existing treatments. Additionally, focus on obtaining nutrients from whole foods whenever possible, as supplements should complement, not replace, a healthy diet. Here’s a basic guide to help you get your supplement routine in order:

 

  • Multivitamins: A good quality multivitamin can help fill any nutritional gaps in your diet, providing essential vitamins and minerals to support overall health and well-being.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil or algae-based supplements, are beneficial for heart health, brain function, and reducing inflammation in the body.
  • Vitamin D: Many people have inadequate levels of vitamin D, especially if they live in areas with limited sunlight or spend most of their time indoors. Supplementing with vitamin D can support bone health, immune function, and mood regulation.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body and is essential for muscle function, nerve function, and energy production. Supplementing with magnesium can help alleviate muscle cramps, promote relaxation, and support overall wellness.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support gut health and digestion. They can help maintain a healthy balance of gut flora, which is essential for immune function, nutrient absorption, and overall health.
  • Adaptogens: Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help the body adapt to stress and promote balance. Popular adaptogens include ashwagandha, rhodiola, and reishi mushrooms. Incorporating adaptogens into your supplement routine can support resilience to stress and promote overall well-being.
  • Collagen: Collagen is a protein that provides structure to your skin, hair, nails, and joints. Supplementing with collagen can support skin elasticity, joint health, and overall vitality.
  • B Vitamins: B vitamins play a crucial role in energy metabolism, nerve function, and red blood cell production. A B-complex supplement can help support energy levels, mood, and cognitive function.

 

Incorporating these self-care rituals into your daily life can help you prioritize your well-being and cultivate a greater sense of balance and harmony. Remember that self-care is not selfish but essential for maintaining your health, happiness, and vitality. So take the time to nurture yourself, and watch as the benefits ripple outward, enriching every aspect of your life.

Laters. Take care!

Hope the blog will stay with you to motivate you to stay in fine fettle while you are constantly running on that hamster wheel of today’s busy life. Amidst those work emails, group messages, and social commitments, I really wish you find some time to burst that invisible cloud of worries over your head. While wrapping it up, I would like to say what Olaf said to Anna – “Don’t use your energy to worry. Use your energy to believe, create, trust, grow and heal.” (I still fangirl over Frozen😉 Your loved ones need you. And you need self-care to be able to stand by them in their thick and thin. Feel free to get in touch with us at Madam Me if you’re feeling low on energy, beauty, and happiness. Our expert consultants will be more than happy to help you go into self-care mode with the best well-being advice and products.

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