8 Wellness Rituals To Keep In Mind For The Rest Of Gemini Season
As the Sun zings through Gemini until June 21, we can all tap into the communicative, agile, and youthful qualities that this star sign represents. And while this time may provide us with more connection and curiosity, intellectual orientation and social natures, it may also pose an array of unique challenges.
Keeping in mind the unique strengths and vulnerabilities associated with Gemini, we can find astrologically inspired ways to encourage vitality, reduce stress, and fine-tune our overall well-being through this time of year.
Here are some self-care strategies to feel your best for the rest of Gemini season.
1. Pay attention to respiratory health.
In wellness astrology, aspects of our anatomy and physiology correspond with the 12 zodiac signs. Those that are associated with Gemini include the lungs, nervous system, and arms, shoulders, wrists, and fingers. With Gemini ruling the lungs, it’s a good time to support the health of our respiratory system.
If you have asthma or frequent respiratory colds, try limiting your intake of dairy and food additives, as these can exacerbate symptoms. Pay attention to your breathing, making sure it's deep and rhythmic since shallow breathing can lead to reduced energy, a foggy mind, and a feeling of greater anxiousness.
During Gemini season, any type of routine can be hard to follow.
2. Keep your wits about you and enjoy the present moment.
Gemini season is all about multitasking. Performing many activities at once may be the name of the game this time of year, but it’s not necessarily the best recipe for safety. No matter how badly you want to call someone or check Facebook while you're driving—don’t! Even the walking and texting duo can lead to accidents if you fail to notice that ditch in the sidewalk. This type of multitasking takes us out of the present moment too, so be sure to always stay mindful of your surroundings.
3. Adopt a more flexible eating schedule.
During Gemini season, any type of routine can be hard to follow. Something shiny and new may catch your attention, and the next thing you know you've forgotten to eat lunch—then your blood sugar drops, reminding you that something's off-kilter. Make your meals interesting so that they won't get relegated to the bottom of your growing to-do list. And if you find yourself not wanting to get pinned down to an exact mealtime, carve out a more flexible 90-minute window in which to enjoy your fare. And if the idea of three squares daily doesn't work for you, consider scheduling in five to six mini meals to keep you nourished throughout the day.
4. Slow down and enjoy your food.
Another challenge during this time may be that once we get around to eating, we want to rush through it so we can move on to the next activity. Yet eating too fast yields indigestion and a less-than-optimal absorption of nutrients, which can then leave us depleted in physical and mental energy. Practice mindful eating to make mealtimes more engaging, and try to enjoy meals composed of a spectrum of different colors, tastes, and textures, so you'll want to leisurely savor every bite.
5. Play around with flower essences.
Considering the intellectual orientation of this time, our minds may be spinning with thoughts on a perpetual mental merry-go-round. If you need help calming the mind chatter, try white chestnut flower essence. It's great for both daytime mental flurry as well as the pre-sleep mind circles that could keep you up at night.
6. Indulge in a spa treatment.
Gemini rules the hands, so it's a good time to take care of them! Treat yourself to a manicure and a few additional minutes of massage if that's an option. This will help relax your muscles and improve your circulation since the hands hold so much tension and don't often get the TLC they deserve.
You can also seek out a short 15-minute chair massage for some time-efficient relaxation. During this session, the practitioner will knead through the kinks and stress residing in your back and Gemini-ruled shoulders and arms.
7. Give journaling a real go.
Got a lot of thoughts, ideas, and creative inspiration streaming through your mind? Grab a journal and document them. Whether you write in prose form, jot down phrases or key words, express yourself in poetry, or draw, there's catharsis in just getting the words and images out of your head and onto a page. If you're looking for a new exercise that can help home in on the undercurrents of your thoughts, try writing with your nondominant hand.
8. Relax by playing a game or doing a puzzle.
This may sound paradoxical, but things that enliven our minds may also relax them during Gemini season. So if you're looking for a way to unwind, invite some friends over for good old-fashioned board game night. And for those times you want to find your center within and be alone, try a crossword or Sudoku puzzle or play a game of solitaire for a more meditative experience.
This piece was co-written by Stephanie Gailing.