Welcome to #RitualsInBloom. A space where our community shares wellness rituals that help us connect with our bodies—because many of us here at Superbloom can’t “self-care” away our chronic conditions.

We chatted with Sophie Reccio on the importance of listening to your body and mind and how starting therapy was a gamechanger in her path to healing. Read on for her wellness ritual, featuring a side of skincare and finding inspiration through design.  

Where do you live and how do you describe yourself to others—not just what you are doing but who you are working on being?

I love this question because we rarely think to ask others things that scratch beyond the surface and touch on who we are at our core. I’ve been living in New York for almost 6 years, working in social and influencer marketing for brands in fashion, retail, and beauty. In New York, it’s easy to define yourself by what you do—for most people, the grind to keep up in this city is non-stop and can be all-consuming. Who I’m working on being, though, is someone who’s authentic and mindful. I’ve spent so many years giving myself anxiety over what others think and operating at lightning speed, eyes always set on the future and what’s next. I’m trying to reprogram myself to really do me and slow down.

How do you connect to your body?

Movement is big for me. I love Pilates and try to get in at least 20 minutes a few days a week. I  used to be so hard on myself and feel guilty when I didn’t work out. Slowing down, being intentional with what I’m doing, and actually enjoying it has made all the difference, both mentally and physically. I also love to dance—if you put a hidden camera in my apartment, you’d probably catch me embarrassing myself throughout the day! 😂

What’s your favorite mode of expression?

Talking it out. One of the best things I’ve invested in is therapy.

What are your wellness rituals?

Besides moving my body, I love skincare. I’m a total beauty junkie and have more tools and products than I actually use. But I love gua sha. You don’t realize how much tension you hold in your face, and gua sha really helps release it. It’s something I look forward to in the mornings and at night after a stressful day.

How has your experience to your health and your body changed overtime the years?

My definition of being healthy has changed so much in recent years. I’ve really focused on prioritizing my mental health and reprogramming old behaviors and thoughts that I never realized were affecting me so negatively.

What’s one wellness issue you’ve struggled with that could help liberate other womxn going through a similar experience?

Anxiety is something I’ve dealt with my entire life, almost like a background noise I became so accustomed to that I never realized it was even there. About three years ago, it really hit its peak and became something I could no longer ignore. It was a dark time in my life, but seeking help was the best decision I ever made.

I started therapy and began taking medication. Therapy gave me techniques to deal with spirals, panic attacks, and stressful situations. Most importantly, it helped me identify and reverse deeply ingrained behaviors and thoughts—seemingly small things I never realized had been exacerbating my anxiety. Changing them would have long-lasting positive effects. Medication, on the other hand, helped flatten the curve of my anxiety’s highs and lows to make it more manageable, so I could have the energy and space to do the work to heal myself from my anxiety, instead of being consumed by it.

While we’ve taken strides to destigmatize seeking help, it very much still exists, specifically around therapy and medication. The irony is it’s so much more common than we think, and I’m reminded of that every time I open up to a friend about my experience. If you’re worried about being judged or perceived as weak for raising a hand when you need help, don’t be.

What rituals have you learned to help support you in navigating that challenge? 

Carving out and prioritizing time for myself. Some days, that may be a work out. Sometimes, it might look like a night on the couch.

If you had to choose one wellness ritual that has changed your life, what would it be?

Learning to listen to my body and give it what it needs. There was a time when I’d give myself grief over skipping a workout or eating something I “shouldn’t have.” Now, I lean into whatever I’m feeling. And I’ve found that, over time, you end up craving the things you once tried to force on yourself because they’re no longer a chore.

You clearly have an artistic eye when it comes to creating content. What are you inspired by?

I’m inspired by a lot, but I’d have to say interior design. Great design is beautiful without sacrificing utility. It evokes feelings, like art you might find in a museum, but it’s tangible art that you experience and live in and around. My mother is actually an incredibly talented interior designer. For the longest time, I was convinced I wanted to follow in her footsteps (there’s always the future). You could say she’s been training my eye from a young age.

What’s the wellness advice you would give your younger self?

Listen to your body, and do what feels good and makes you happy. Take what others think you should be doing with a grain of salt. Also, wear sunscreen.