RITUALS

Lake Wanaka in Otago – a part of New Zealand where I spent winter holidays as a teenager.

RITUALS

I want to introduce you to the RITUALS segment of your Wheel of Health.  

For me, rituals are routines and habits on crackThey are actions and tasks that arise from habit or routine. What sets them apart is that they are performed with intention. 

There is a mindful quality to rituals that make them integral to this healing caper. Rituals are very conscious forms of self-care and this is an area so many of us in this chronic illness and autoimmune space can struggle with 

My morning ritual has been game changing ritual form me. That’s why I created a FREE mini eCourse for you. You’ll find that below, along with all sorts of information on creating rituals to support your health caper. 

CREATE YOUR PERSONAL MORNING RITUAL – FREE ECOURSE

I’ll walk you through creating a morning ritual that works for you with step by step videos + a downloadable workbook

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Solutions for When Life is Less Than Peachy

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Stress Management: The Art of Creative Visualisation

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The GREAT Oil Pulling Experiment…

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