There is consensus that psychedelic substances enhance neural plasticity (our ability to form new connections between the neurons in our brains). This enhanced neural plasticity explains why people start looking at issues differently or develop novel ways of solving the problems which have plagued them for a while. If psychedelics can facilitate such changes for the better, it becomes even more important for you to include improved self-care in your psychedelic integration plan. After all, of what good would it be if you saved the world but lost yourself in the process?
What is Self-Care?
Broadly speaking, self-care refers to all the things that you do to re-energize yourself, bring more joy into your life, relax or recharge yourself in any way. For example, taking nature walks, meditating and having adequate sleep can be regarded as self-care activities.
To get the best from psychedelic integration, it is advisable to come up with a personal self-care kit which addresses your individual preferences instead of using generic self-care suggestions that don’t meet your needs.
Making a To-Be List
We all know what to-do lists are, and the trick here is to tweak this and make a list of all the things or states that we would like to be or enjoy. Write down those things in your journal so that they can act as a beacon to keep you on course as you go through each day. For example, you may wish to be more confident, more playful, more creative or calmer.
Once you have identified and noted down your most desirable mental or physical states, proceed to write down the activities which make it possible for you to get into those states. Examples of activities may include drawing, listening to music, playing with your pet, and so on.
It is important at this stage to refrain from writing the activities that other people consider to be self-nourishing. Make this personal and pay no regard to the opinion of others regarding what nourishes your body and spirit.
Linking Self-Care to Psychedelics
As we have already mentioned, psychedelic substances like magic mushrooms boost neural plasticity, so it is best to generate your self-care kit weeks or at least several days before your psychedelic session. After the session, include the activities you selected as nourishing in your daily routine. This is vital because your mind will easily form new habits at this time and you want those habits you learn to be the ones that serve you. Don’t look at guarding your self-care activities as selfish. In fact, looking after yourself is a major duty if you want to help others since when you are at your best, you can be more helpful to others.
Including self-care into psychedelic integration may be easier said than done, but as sector players like Cybin Corp. recommend, work with a trained psychedelics professional and your journey will get a whole lot easier.
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