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July 2018: Self Care

By Lucy Clementson-Mills
Sunday, July 1, 2018

I hope you had a wonderful June and are enjoying July so far.

Last month I talked about how things ramp up as we come to summer and we can feel life is a little too busy, a bit too crazy and there is a never ending ‘to-do’ list.

When this happens one of the first things which falls by the wayside is looking after ourselves as we are simply too busy looking after everyone and everything else.

Self-care is about maintaining our personal wellbeing and looking after ourselves, a deliberate and self-initiated choice to look after our own health and happiness. What this looks like will be different to everyone. For some it may be making time to relax, for others to go for a run or having 15 minutes to ourselves at the beginning of the day. It may be getting more sleep, drinking less alcohol or shutting the laptop off and not working after 5pm.

Whatever helps you enhance your health and wellbeing, manage stress and maintain your energy levels.

But even though self-care is so important we all know that when we have so many other demands placed upon us our own wellness ends up at the bottom of the pile and the ‘to-do’ list. 

This needs to change!

It is not selfish nor inconsiderate to look after yourself. Doing what makes you happy produces positive feelings and emotions and gives you headspace to consider situations differently. So by prioritising your health and wellbeing you will have more energy, compassion, empathy and patience for others. Showing up for them, actively engaging and connecting with people and being more productive with your ‘to-do’ list. Plus others learn from you, so if you can show how you take care of yourself, you will encourage and inspire others to do the same.

So this month I encourage you to consider what you can do to look after yourself a little more. This doesn’t need to be a grand gesture, you may try just a few new ideas or change some existing habits.

This could include:

  • Unplugging for an hour and reading a book
  • Having a nap
  • Asking someone for help
  • Seeing friends or speaking with a friend you’ve been meaning to call. After all, we are social beings but often as we juggle work, family, life etc we let friendships suffer. Plus what better way to celebrate International Friendship Day than to give a friend a call.
  • Setting healthy boundaries with work, family and friends to protect your health and wellbeing. It is ok to say “no”!
  • Doing some yoga. Of course, I am going to say this, but this is a perfect way to take time out for yourself, to nourish your body, mind and soul. You can join in with this yoga video which I made for International Yoga Day last month and hopefully, you will feel rejuvenated and relaxed afterwards.

I hope you have a wonderful month and start to make a few small changes to look after yourself just that little bit more.

After all, there is only one you and the world needs you shining brightly!

With loving kindness always,

Lucy

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