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 Victoria Lauren about all things meditation, routine, and the importance of learning what wellness practices work best. Keep reading for the rituals she created.
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 live in Montreal, and I would describe myself as a creative—I love carrying out an idea in my head visually, through photography, painting, drawing, or digital mediums. I’m working on being someone who is open, generous, and intentional in what I do.
How do you connect to your body?
I connect to my body through movement—a good full body yoga flow or even just a few minutes of stretching always make me feel better.
What’s your favorite mode of expression?
My favorite mode of expression is through visual art. I feel best when I’m creating something with my hands—making something visually pleasing.
What are your wellness rituals?
My main wellness rituals are meditating and journaling. Quarantine has allowed me to build a solid morning routine around journaling that works for me. Every morning before diving into what I need to get done, I make my bed, drink water, make a cup of coffee, and write in my gratitude journal. I’ve been on a good streak of meditating daily—some days it’s a quick five-minute guided meditation. Other days, I light a candle and do a longer session. I always feel so much lighter afterward. Meditation and CBD have really helped me with reducing everyday anxiety in small ways.
How has your experience to your health and your body changed over the years? Have you always been interested in wellness?
I’ve learned to be more in tune with my body over the years. Women are told to ignore pain so often, whether it be related to menstruation or not, and I’ve dealt with digestion and gut problems that I ignored, initially. I really began to be interested in wellness when I started seeing a naturopath in high school. Over the past couple of years, I’ve discovered which wellness practices work for me.
How do you keep from going into wellness overload—knowing when enough is enough?
I think that wellness can sometimes be daunting because of the commercialization of wellbeing and self-care. It has sometimes created this pressure for me to incorporate a bunch of practices and products into my routine to achieve this ideal, higher version of myself. I often have to remind myself that doing more and ticking these boxes won’t necessarily make me a better version of myself. When it comes to wellness, you should do things because they make you feel good, rather than doing them because you feel like you have to.
What rituals have you learned to help support you in navigating that challenge?
Working on my self-talk and challenging myself to be more self-compassionate has helped put a lot of things into perspective, including my wellness habits. Practicing mindfulness has made me more self-aware and able to evaluate which rituals are actually contributing to my wellbeing.
If you had to choose one wellness ritual that has changed your life, what would it be?
Meditating! It has helped with my generalized anxiety so much and makes whatever I’m worried about seem so much smaller.
How do you view skincare vs. makeup products?
I love playing with makeup here and there, and I’m a sucker for a good cheek and lip product. But I definitely invest more time and money into my skincare routine. I’ve dealt with acne since my early teen years, so I’ve kind of grown to love skincare and trying different products.
How have you been staying healthy in quarantine?
I find comfort in routine, so maintaining a morning and night routine that makes me feel good has set me up for better mental health during quarantine. Having more time to cook meals has also encouraged me to try out different healthy recipes that I know my body will appreciate.
What’s the wellness advice you would give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self that taking time for myself isn’t selfish—it’s necessary!