Now I don’t know about you, but I feel like constantly my TikTok and Instagram feeds are filled with the newest self-care trends. Every single day there’s something new… I find it almost unbearable to keep up at this rate.
Between trying gua shas, dry brushing, essential oils, Dr.Bronner’s brand, yoga, reiki, and more — I find it ridiculously hard to keep up with the “crunchy” holistic community nowadays.
Side Note: If you don’t know what “crunchy” means, it’s a term now used to explain people who don’t go with mainstream ideas and philosophies simply because everyone else does.
But of course, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take a jump into some of these holistic activities. For the record, I have participated in a few of these activities before, but not in a consistent week.
- Feng Fu Acupressure Ice Therapy
I don’t know about you, but before this, I never heard of Feng Fu Acupressure Ice Therapy before. I’m sure you’re probably wondering, what is this?
Feng Fu Acupressure Ice Therapy is when the pressure point behind your head in the middle of your neck gets stimulated by something cold to promote overall well-being.
“According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, this method restores the body’s natural physiological balance — giving a strong injection of life, rejuvenating the whole body.” — SunnySide Sun, 2022
Studies show in the first few days of performing this, you may feel a slight feeling of euphoria due to the release of endorphins. Some of the MANY physical benefits of applying Feng Fu Acupressure are:
- Restoring sleep and mood
- Reducing headaches, aches, and pains in the back, jaw, and neck
- Help in the digestive system
- Relieving neurological symptoms due to stress, anxiety, and depression
- Relieves asthma attacks
- And more!
So, I decided to give it a try for 30 minutes a day, for 5 days in a row.
My Experience: This product was super cold for me. I felt very relaxed and it did end up eliminating the headache I had the one time I tried it with a headache. I didn’t necessarily feel any feelings of euphoria. I just felt a sense of calmness and coolness in my body. I would probably do this again, but I don’t see it being an everyday practice I will participate in.
If you’re interested in trying the product I used, you can find it on Amazon here for $30.
2. Drinking Tea at Night
Now, this is a trend I was excited to try! I have always been a HUGE tea drinking kinda-gal! I LOVE my ice teas more than anything, so I was super excited to try warm tea. For this experiment, I sampled 5 different teas at night before bed. (It is noted that different kinds of tea, will have different effects on the body.)
PSA: This is a practice I’ve participated in before, but never 5 days in a row at night time.
The benefits of drinking tea at night claim to:
- Help aid a better sleep
- Produce high-quality sleep
- Calm your mind before bed
- Preparing the cup can help your body relax
- Induce sleep
My Experience: After drinking tea at night for 5 days in a row and then stopping abruptly, I can say that this totally made a difference. I have trouble sleeping myself and I’ve been prescribed sleeping medication in the past. Currently, I am not on any medication like that, so tea is the next best thing I got!
I specifically found a difference in my sleep when I drank the Chamomile Tea made by Celestial Seasonings. I found my body was more relaxed at night and I slept longer than the other nights! I definitely will be participating in this activity before bed from now on! You can find it here on Amazon.
3. Meditation and Deep Breathing
The amount of pros to meditation and deep breathing is absolutely astonishing. Who knew something as simple as some quiet breathing could alter your entire mood?
Some of the pros of meditation include increasing self-awareness, reducing negative emotions, calming your nervous system, increasing imagination, and increasing patience and tolerance.
There are so many different ways to Meditate and/or perform Deep Breathing exercises, you can check out many other ways here.
However, in my case, I used the app “Headspace.” Headspace is an app that gives each user recommended guided meditation to follow along with and envision. I tend to use Headspace already in my life, so this was a practice I enjoyed sticking to for a week long.
My Experience: I found incorporating deep breathing and meditation into my everyday life to be a good mindfulness tool. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of everyday life just get to me. Taking 5–10 minutes out of my day every day to just “be” and breathe really helped me align myself and get back to work without the needed extra stress.
Journaling is something that took me a while to get used to. I tend to forget a lot of the time which ends up defeating the whole purpose. For this section, I bought a new journal called, The Five Minute Journal.
The Five Minute Journal is for people who have a hard time sticking with a journal… a.k.a. me.
The pros of journaling include improving mental health, writing down frustrations, releasing emotions off your chest and mind, clearing your spirit, encouraging self-confidence and creating positive habits, and helping with achieving goals.
My Experience: I decided to stick with this for the experiment and found it to be super beneficial that I’m actually still doing this twice a day, every day. I liked the layout of this journal. It came with pre-determined prompts that asked short questions like “What are your daily affirmations?” “What would make today a good day?” “What were the highlights of today?” I enjoyed this because it didn’t take long to complete (only 5 minutes) and it gave me time to really reflect on my day and my emotions.
5. Trauma-Informed Yoga
Trauma-Informed Yoga (TIY) is an approach to yoga that is tailored towards trauma survivors. This is different from typical yoga because a lot of yoga poses can be triggering to those who have experienced some sort of trauma in the past. A lot of women have even claimed to hold a lot of tension in their hips from built-up, excessive stress that is connected to the placement of their sacral chakra.
The pros of Trauma-Informed Yoga include improving emotional well-being, releasing traumatic feelings/built-up emotions, and helping you feel less negative emotions.
For this experiment, I typically practice yoga as I am a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher in Training, however, I wanted to focus more on this specific type of yoga.
Some positions for this specific type of yoga entail:
- Seated Forward Bend
- Child’s Pose
- Goddess Pose
- Lord of the Fishes
- Garland Pose
If you’re interested in checking out the Sequence PDF I tried, you can check it out here!
My Experience: I absolutely LOVED this sequence and I will for sure be trying this again and/or incorporating it into future themed classes for my students once I’m a teacher! I felt a lot of these positions almost made me tear up with how open they made me feel. I felt like I was releasing a lot of built-up tension I was storing and that release made me feel quite powerful. I highly recommend this to anyone feeling like they have a lot of emotions or trauma stored in their body, specifically their lower hips. After a week, I also feel a tiny bit more flexible too!
In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed the randomness of this experiment on holistic self-care practices. I felt it was enjoyable because there was constantly something new I was trying and it kept the routine engaging for me. I plan to dive into more holistic self-care practices down the line, but I do have to say — after a week of completing these, I feel like my overall anxiety levels have lessened. I also feel as if I developed a new set of coping skills and activities to try next time I get in my head too much.
If you try any of these practices and enjoy them, let me know your thoughts in the comments!