Our theme for September is self-care.
For many years I neglected my own needs because I was a single mum to three small children. They had to come first – right? It took me a long time to realise that by overlooking my self-care I wasn’t able to give my children one-hundred-per-cent of myself.
When I trained as a holistic health practitioner, I finally understood that if I was broken, I couldn’t help anyone else. This was the case following my divorce when I realised I’d handed over my power to someone else and they had abused it.
To be a better parent, friend, daughter, and colleague I needed to look after myself and make sure I was in optimal health mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Once I took time to filter self-care techniques into my day I was in a more stable frame of mind to offer the support my family and friends needed without pushing my limits and burning myself out.
It’s important to recognise that self-care isn’t selfish. It’s essential.
Action For Happiness.
I recently joined the Action for Happiness movement where thousands of people work on spreading happiness, joy, and support across the globe. If you want to find out more about the Ten Keys to Happier Living, including books, guides, posters and more then take a look at the website.
Although self-care rituals will be different for each person, we can support one another in finding what works for us. I’ve acted on many recommendations from friends over the years and discovered a range of therapies, wellbeing techniques, and classes that have been of huge benefit to me.
Over To You.
Make a list of all the self-care techniques or tasks that resonate with you. Your list could include listening to music, going for a long walk, Zumba classes, writing in a gratitude journal, reading a book, meditation, coffee with friends, counselling, acupuncture, vision boards, learning a new hobby, visiting the seaside – the list can be as long as you want.
The more you practice the smaller acts of self-care, the better you will become at including them in your day to day life.
Pick four from your list and concentrate on doing one each week throughout the month. Commit one-hundred-per-cent to do this for yourself. You deserve it.
Need More Support?
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, or struggling to commit and need more support. Or if you can’t recognise that need for self-care, what you can do for yourself, or how to maintain a routine then join me on my Motivate Me Facebook page. I’ll be sharing a new self-care task every day throughout September from the Action for Happiness action calendar. Alternatively, you can join my VIP Academy group. The ladies within the group are engaged, encouraging, and honest. It’s a safe space where you can share your story without judgement.
‘Treat yourself as you would treat a good friend’ – Dr Kristin Neff
If you missed August’s theme then catch up HERE.