Today I’m giving you a peek into a few of my daily rituals. Today I’m sharing ones that keep my hormones balanced and adrenals happy. I’m warning you, they might seem pretty weird.
If you have been following us for a while now, it’s no surprise. If you’re new to me/us, I practice and share out-of-the-box tips and tricks to heal the body. I pull from Ayurvedic medicine from India and Acupuncture from China. From my point of view, this is the real, traditional medicine.
Identifying and treating the root cause rather than the symptom, just makes WAY more sense to me. That’s just me, no judgement. We all have to do what works for us, 100%.
All medicine has its place. Modern medicine saved my husband after a bad biking accident, so ya know, there is that.
Well, I digress. So I was talking about rituals. My rituals.
So why rituals? As a Certified Health Coach for the past 10 years I know that…
Having the life, the body and the health you desire is all about rituals or daily routines. Doing things consistently each day is the SECRET!
Daily rituals that support your 1) mental, 2) emotional, 3) physical and 4) spiritual health. And if you neglect one area, you will most likely experience complications at some point.
So ready to learn a few of my rituals? Particularly my rituals to support your hormones and adrenals? Here they are:
3 Weirdest Daily Rituals to Keep My Hormones Balanced and My Adrenals Happy
Daily Ritual #1: Activate the Thymus with the Thymus Thump
The thymus is a little gland located behind the sternum. Although it’s small and not often talked about, it has a big job. It produces T-cells. What are T-cells exactly and what do they do for us?
T-cells are a type of white blood cell made for the immune system. They help us better fight infection, heal faster, create more calm in our bodies, boost our energy and protect us against autoimmune diseases.
If you suffer from adrenal fatigue most likely you're dealing with a poor immune system, autoimmune conditions and infections. So giving your thymus gland some attention each day, could be very powerful in your recovery.
Like all organs, our glands do their job without us thinking about it. So why do we need to activate this gland? Well it’s said that around puberty our thymus function is at its peak and after that starts to work less effectively.
Is that why we start to get sick more often and problems start to arise in our 20s and early 30s? Well, it’s an interesting connection or theory, but that’s not what we are focusing on today.
How do we keep this gland working optimally as we get older? We just need to give it a bit of love and attention. And that’s why I love (and do everyday) the thymus thump.
Ritual #1 Thymus Thump Exercise
Daily Ritual #2: Gaze up at Your Third Eye
I learned this in my early yoga and meditation days. It was an exercise I did at the start of my yoga practice. Although simple, it seemed to create a powerful shift in my mental state, that was hard to explain.
What is the third eye all about? The third eye, or the space between the eyebrows, is what’s known as a chakra. A chakra is a center in the human body for spiritual power.
In ancient traditions from India, they say when you gaze up at the third eye you are activating the pituitary gland. The pituitary is the master gland of the body controlling the entire glandular system. This includes the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, pancreas and reproductive organs.
The Pituitary glands secretes hormones that affect growth, blood pressure, metabolism, reproduction, digestion and so much more.
So you can see why it’s an important gland to know and activate to heal your body holistically, right? Especially from hormone-related conditions like adrenal fatigue?
On a more spiritual plane, the third eye is the doorway to our intuitive wisdom. So I like to think about it like this...our 2 eye show us the physical, tangible world and objects. Our third eye helps us see the unseen, our inner knowing.
I know it’s a bit deep and woo-woo, but that’s me. I have many of my first-time meditators try this practice. Most all of them report and admit to feel a shift of some sort and a calming effect. And the best part, it only takes a minute to practice.
Ritual #2 Third Eye Gazing Exercise
So go ahead and try it. Here’s what you will do…
Close your eyes
Gaze IN and UP between your eyebrows, your 3rd eye space
As you gaze, take 5 deep inhales and exhales
After the 5 cycles of breath, notice how you feel
Daily Ritual #3: Ear Massage
Do you know a child who tugs or plays with their ear/s or someone else’s? This is pretty common, actually. Why? Well, tugging, pulling or massaging the ear can create a sense of calm or relaxation for the individual.
Massage is a common practice used to relieve stress and anxiety. However, one doesn’t often think of the ears, as area of stress.
In fact, the ears have a great number of nerve endings and have powerful acupressure points? It’s so powerful, ear massage has an actual name, it’s called auriculotherapy.
When these areas are massaged and activated it can have great benefits for the entire body.
The benefits of ear massage/reflexology
-Releases positive endorphins giving you a feeling of happiness
-Boosts the immune system from awakening the senses
-Energizes the body
-Creates a sense of calm
This practice takes about 30-60 seconds and can have a powerful and positive effect on the body.
Ritual #3 Ear Massage Exercise
Grab your favorite body oil or lotion, coconut, olive oil, jojoba, etc. and start at the top of the ear and massage slowly all the way down the ear to the earlobe. Massage all the different parts, inside and outside. Enjoy!
What if having great health didn’t have to be so hard? What if it’s about giving our bodies just a bit more positive attention and care on a daily basis?
Let’s not lose this traditional healing wisdom that teaches us that we can keep our bodies healthy and disease-free with simple and quick daily practices, attention and awareness.
Which ritual are you most excited to try and why?