I (and the rest of the world) struggle with maintaining balance in my life – it is a constant see saw. However even just having awareness around this is a wise step in the right direction. Some people unfortunately aren’t even aware of their needs.
I am aiming to be more and more dedicated to my own self care routine – I figure I owe it to all the people around me to be the best version of myself possible. The more I care for myself the better I can care for all of you. I am passionate about my work often working long hours so I need to care for myself with just as much passion to keep the work life scales balanced!
For me ‘Self care’ is listening carefully to my mind, body and soul and giving myself what I need – nurturing and nourishing myself on a deep level.
I ignored the pain signals my body was giving me for years because they were not convenient (they didn’t fit into my life plan!) I learnt the hard way that this is a recipe for disaster. Which is why I am so passionate about making sure everyone around me doesn’t make the same mistake.
Our bodies never lie – if you tune in – listen, feel and sense carefully what is going on. Your body can act like a radar for you – guiding you showing you what is the best way to look after yourself.
Here are a few tips to help nurture your own self care –
Please remember you are the best judge of what works for you.
Trust your instincts – what works for me may not work for you.
Motorbike riding would send my anxiety levels through the roof yet it gives my partner a sense of freedom and release – it is funnily enough his own personal form of self care!
Anything you can do to put yourself a little higher on your priorities list is self care.
Life flows better when you love and care for yourself deeply – you teach others how to treat you by how you treat yourself.
PRACTICAL SELF CARE TIPS FOR THE TIME POOR
Listen to your body and nurture (mother) yourself with the same level of care you would a young child.
Simply eat well – this not only effects your physical health but your moods and energy levels. Make sure you are thriving not just surviving this lifetime.
Drink enough water – dehydration halts the energy flow in your body and we need our energy to be free flowing to feel good.
Get enough sleep – I am a huge advocate for a good nights sleep it makes a big difference for emotional balance. I recommend wearing Lavender and Chamomile essential oils for a better nights sleep.
Get your diaphragm moving, it helps to tell your nervous system you are safe and it can relax – Breathe deeply while in the car, while waiting for the kettle to boil….anywhere, anytime.
Don’t underestimate the true value of a ‘Nanna nap’ – simply lying down sends a ‘chill out’ message to your nervous system.
Doing nothing with the intention of caring for yourself fills you with energy – very counter intuitive but it is true!
Stretch while you watch tv or cook dinner.
Be aware of your posture – poor posture often means we are not breathing in enough oxygen to thrive. Better posture will give you more energy.
When you see practitioners (massage, acupuncture, beauty therapists, counsellors…) take your diary with you to make sure you schedule another appointment.
Set yourself triggers, for example – every time I brush my teeth I will pause and breathe deeply for 2 minutes.
Rather than rushing – wash your face with gentle love and care.
Take your work outside and soak up the sun – sunshine lifts your mood.
Release strong emotions as they come up using a deep breath and big sigh out to let go.
Clear the clutter – get rid of anything (material/ emotional/ mental) that doesn’t serve you any more to create space for good stuff.
Develop routines – positive and uplifting for the morning and relaxing and unwinding for the evening.
Don’t over schedule your time – leave some room for wonderful surprises.
Focus on being grateful for what you have instead of consuming your days thinking about what you want.
Learn to say no and be at peace with disappointing people – trying to please everyone is exhausting and saying no to someone is like saying yes to yourself. Only say yes if you feel joyful about the situation.
Ask for help – give someone the gift of being able to help you, it will make them feel good.
Sing or listen to inspiring books in the car.
Connect with nature – nature is the best medicine, it refuels you – place your bare feet on the grass look up at the sky and breathe. Crocodile pose practised outside on fresh grass is the perfect antidote to anything that ails you.
Crocodile pose (Makarasana) – this is a master asana of Dru yoga as it is capable of bringing us into alignment on all levels. This posture helps energy to flow through your entire body in turn making you feel really good. Awareness of deep diaphragmatic breathing is enhanced in this posture as you notice your belly expand and massage into the ground as you inhale. Pregnant women should avoid lying on their front so are contraindicated.
To practise – lie on your front with your legs as far apart as is comfortable. Roll your heels into the midline of your body so your inner heels are on or close to the ground. Your forehead rests on your hands or you can hold your elbows and rest your forehead on your forearms. A pillow under your chest may make this more comfortable for you. Rest and relax your body onto the ground by staying focussed on your breath. Stay here for as long as is comfortable.
Know what gives you joy and make room for it in your schedule – joy kills stress as it is our true nature – reconnect with your truth – what makes your heart sing? Do it and do it often as it makes you come alive.
Adopting a mix of these tips into your everyday will help you feel more energised, happy and peaceful. Yay!
I love teaching yoga – I am living the life of my dreams.
I am very inspired to create classes, workshops and even retreats to help nurture and nourish you so that you too can live the life of your dreams.
I am inspired to thrive instead of just survive this lifetime and to help you to achieve this also.
Please let me know if I can help you further on your health and wellbeing journey.
Namaste and thank you for being you – you are such a gift to the world.