Creating a “soul deep” self-care routine
Sure, bubble baths are great, but real self-care is a daily routine that improves the quality of your life
If you read the previous article on the what and why of “soul deep” self-care, you’re ready to move on to the actual doing. If you haven’t, please read that one first – it’s quick, but important.
You’re ready – you’ve taken the steps to find your inner ally, and you are now informed, confident and empowered. It’s time to begin your daily self-care routine, and it starts with learning an acronym.
CACAO – The ultimate self-care tool
There are a set of practices I call CACAO. No, not the chocolate version (which is also an amazing healer!) this one stands for:
While there’s nothing new about these as healing practices, I’ve found that the traditional approach doesn’t work for me when I’m struggling with my mental health. For instance, trying to maintain a state of awareness while I’m in deep despair – not happening. Accessing a sense of compassion while I’m consumed with anxiety – again, a total no-go.
But knowing how powerful these practices can be, I developed a method to make them accessible for everyone. A way of turning them into skills you can use any time you need them. This approach integrates cognitive behavioral, somatic, and mindfulness-based techniques.
While these can work well on their own, blending them into a single tool is especially powerful. One such tool (and my personal favorite) is called “The Elevater.” Done in the morning, it gears you up – mentally and emotionally – for a good day. Done before bed, it reframes your day in the most positive light, setting you up for a peaceful night’s sleep. I use this daily, and of all the practices I do, this one has made the biggest difference in my overall quality of life.