Witchy Wellness is about creating a self-care practice that’s unique to you by tapping into your intuition with the help of meditation and witchy tools. If you’re open to adding a little woo to your life in the name of feeling good and getting to know yourself better, then read on.
The main components of Witchy Wellness include:
- Self-reflection practices: like tarot, learning our personal astrology, and journaling. These tools can put us in touch with our intuition and help process difficult emotions or situations.
- High vibe food: including but not limited to lots of plants, functional herbs and spices, and intuitive eating. It can be how we eat, too — like honoring our bodies with slower and more sensual meals.
- Rituals: think daily gratitude, creating a morning routine, setting intentions at the New Moon, or just making coffee. Rituals can look very simple, but have the ability to ground us in the present moment and recenter.
- Spirituality: honoring a connection to something bigger, be that the Universe, Goddess, God, etc. We can go deeper with this by meditating regularly, asking our intuition for guidance, and engaging in any witchy practices that call to us -collecting crystals, candle magic, reading tarot are all great places to start.
- Seasonal living: connecting to nature and the rhythms of the year. Eating seasonally, getting outside regularly, celebrating transitions, and using nature as a teacher and guide.
- Joyful movement: through breath, walking, dancing, and whatever else feels good to you. If it feels like you’re honoring your body while you’re doing it, you’re on the right track.
Up until recently, my career in writing and wellness focused mainly on food and nutrition. After achieving some big goals like landing my dream job as a food editor and snagging a cookbook deal, I realized that this work was only one small piece of the well-being puzzle.
My achievements started to feel like silly, surface-level things. I thought I was contributing to the world in a positive way, but my work soon felt hollow when all people wanted to talk about was thinly-veiled weight loss advice.
I was only focused on one part of wellness — the physical one — which is certainly important, but there was a lot more to unlock for me to feel at peace with myself. So I started diving into what I call Witchy Wellness, which includes an array of practices that help me feel more vibrant, excited, and in-tune with myself.
When I started nourishing myself on all the levels — emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical — I started reclaiming my power and worth in a more real way than ever before.
Witchy Wellness is about tapping into our inner wisdom to help determine what we need to feel good in our body, help us cope with stress, and feel more connected to others. It hits on all the “self-“s: self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-compassion, self-worth, self-care, and self-love.
It’s about choosing yourself. Choosing to reject old stories holding you back, choosing to do what’s best for you, choosing to believe in the mystical, choosing to embrace every facet of yourself (even the gnarly ones you’ve tried to hide for so long). It’s about choosing to trust your intuition and yourself implicitly.
I believe that when we take responsibility for our own well-being in this holistic way, we can get clear on what we really want, feel the way we actually want to feel, and change shit up on a global level.
To dive into this holistic way of living, let’s call in the four elements as a checklist of sorts:
Earth: Food & Nature
From food to herbs, tonics to teas, when we consume them to the environment we enjoy them in. Food and the seasons impact how we feel in our bodies. Witchy Wellness puts an emphasis on connecting to nature by the flowing with the wheel of the year. Eating seasonally — that is, food that’s growing near where you live at certain times of year — is a great way to do this in our daily lives.
While it’s hard to do it perfectly, we can also do a form of seasonal eating by making dishes that provide the balance our body craves during each season — like warming soups and stews in winter and juicy cooling fruits in summer.
Connecting to the earth can of course happen in many other ways too, like getting outside on grass, sand, or dirt; gardening; or just sitting and soaking in some sun. If you can combine these with eating, all the better.
In addition to what we eat, it’s important to think about how we’re eating it. Are you slowing down to taste and enjoy your food? Are you paying attention to your body’s natural rhythms (and the rhythms of the planet) and eating when and what feels good to you and your body?
Cooking and eating can be a powerful ritual in our lives that can ground us and connect us to our own bodies, intuition, and mama earth.
Witchy Wellness is never about dieting or restricting your eating, but rather adding things in that make you feel good. It’s about trusting what your body wants and honoring that — whatever it may be. It’s about thinking for yourself instead of what the diet and health industry (and society at large) wants you to think. This is called intuitive eating and it’s an excellent place to start tuning into your intuition.
For more intuitive eating resources, go here.
Air: Mental Health & Calming the Mind
Through personal practices like meditation, breath work, plant medicine, and journaling — we’re able to shift our energy to find a new level of peace and strength. Going deeper with ourselves to find stillness away from anxiety, stress, and shame can be tough but rewarding work. It often involves trying to get to the root of the problem, instead of talking about it in circles. When we realize we have the ability to dig deep and accept the things that we once felt ashamed about, we find genuine authenticity and release.
This work can totally be used in tandem with therapy and medications, too. These practices and lifestyle shifts are simply adding to our support toolkit, helping us show up in the world as our true selves.
Plant medicine like herbs, adaptogens, and CBD can help us calm the nervous system on both a daily basis and when we’re working through a particularly tough deep dive or negative thought pattern.
Fire: Movement & Action
Movement has the ability to change our mental state quickly — I think of it as mood alchemy. Stretching, walking, dancing, or just breathing intentionally — whatever movement feels right to you in the moment is the best kind. Once you start moving the energy through your body, everything else starts to flow — inspiration, motivation, creativity, and emotions. Stagnant energy is the enemy, so movement of all kinds is essential.
Fire is also about sparks. The spark of ideas or intuitive hits about what to do. I love this piece on the power of “pings” and the importance of following these pings/sparks by taking action. It can lead to more magic than we thought possible.
Whether you’re moving out of self-care or taking action inspired by an intuitive hit, these movements are crucial to our well-being and growth.
Water: Intuition & Emotional Health
By using tools like tarot, journaling, meditation, and energy work we can tap into our own intuition. Intuition is the wisdom that already exists in us, but we may have trouble hearing it. These tools help us tune in and listen to our higher self/spirit/soul and connect us to something bigger and more universal.
These practices can also help us process difficult emotions, triggers, and situations. The more we feel our feelings, the more we begin to process and release them. These tools can help us tune into the moment and the emotion so we can start to work with it, not against it.
Witchy Wellness is about giving ourselves permission to be magical and intuitive, which can help deepen our sense of power and self worth. It may seem silly or weird, but it’s some of the most important, healing work we can do.
Do you have your own Witchy Wellness practice? I’d love to hear about it and possibly feature you on the site. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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