Mindfulness Practices

The Cool Girls Club Rituals Collection was highly inspired by my personal need to establish mindfulness practices (or rituals) in my life. I felt very uninspired and unmotivated and I found myself feeling stuck more often than I liked. It wasn’t fun and it wasn’t good for my self-confidence. Creating these rituals was a great way for me to get out of that funk. I might’ve not had a big pictured laid out yet, but I was able to form daily habits that brought me closer to my goals, career-oriented and personal ones alike.

Before you go on reading, I know that we’re all different people. Some of these practices might work for you while others might not be what you need at the moment, or might just not be your “thing” – and that’s totally okay! These are just some of the things that helped me along my journey to healing.

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Having a morning routine. This is my favourite way to wake up in the morning:

  • Give my sleepy limbs a good stretch!
  • Brush my teeth and wash my face
  • Put on a happy playlist (mine used to be the Morning Classical Spotify playlist but I’ve recently switched to Christmas Cocktail Jazz)
  • Drink a full glass of water and take my vitamins (I’ve also recently discovered the wonders of probiotics)
  • Cook breakfast
  • Set my intentions for the day (I like to create a to-do list the night before so I can plan my day accordingly)
  • Have coffee and get ready for my day
  • Wear comfortable clothes! Top, top, top priority!

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Minding my diet. Note that this doesn’t necessarily mean keeping a strict diet – at least not in the conventional sense. I’ve always had stomach problems (blame it on genetics) and I’ve always had to be a little extra conscious about the things I eat and put in my body. I’m not the kind of person who has a lot of vices (I don’t drink soft drinks, I don’t enjoy eating candy, I don’t smoke and I rarely ever have any alcohol) and yet I’ve had persisting gut problems since I was around 14. Around a year and a half ago my gastroenterologist told me to lay off gluten. Sadly, this isn’t a “everything in moderation” type of scenario. Apparently laying off gluten is an all-or-nothing-thing! So it’s been a year and a half of no normal bread, normal pizza, normal pasta, even normal dessert!!! I say normal because there are gluten-free options available, they’re just not always gonna taste the same. Italian food has pretty darn tricky to navigate if you can imagine. Sometimes it bums me out, but generally I’ve learned to live with it. I’m not so much bothered by all the restrictions anymore because I’ve made my diet a priority. I might have to work a little harder than others to maintain mu gut health, but I’ve also learned the value of listening to your body – trust me when I tell you your body will let you know exactly what it needs. You just have to listen to it!

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Water, water and more water! The magical number you have to remember is 3. Three liters of water a day (4 if you’re a guy!). You might run to the bathroom more often than before, but I promise you, the benefits are so worth it! There are way too many of them for me to list here, but can read up on all the benefits online. Here’s one thing I will say: it’ll cure just about anything you have.

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My nighttime skincare regimen. This is my “Me Time” and I take it very, very seriously. It’s when I let myself wind down and focus on my body. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much my self-confidence has improved by just treating myself to a nice body scrub or a face mask in the evening before going to bed. I think it’s just a good sign that you’re taking care of yourself and your limbs and your cells will thank you for it!

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Keeping a Gratitude Journal is such a simple practice, but one’s really changed my thoughts and outlook in life. I wish I had thought of it sooner. It encourages me to slow down and reflect on the good parts of my day – count your blessings, as they say. Allowing myself to let the gratitude flow through me and onto the pages of my journal has become a sacred ritual of mine. I recommend to anyone and everyone who is looking for a way to begin writing in a journal. You can commit to 10 things a day but you’d be surprised how easy it is to go for more! And that is such a happy feeling. I’ve created a simple lined Gratitude Journal for Cool Girls Club but you can use any notebook/sketchpad you want to! Make sure to decorate it too and add stickers and pictures – it’ll take a little more time but you’ll love going through it again in the future.

I’m obviously not perfect and I still find myself feeling stuck and unmotivated sometimes. These practices have undoubtedly helped me but I’m always on the search for new ways to be mindful in my everyday life. If you have other rituals that have helped you, I’d love to hear about them in the comments down below!

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