I’ve had a lot of conversations with clients regarding self-care and honestly I think most of us are confused about what self care really is all about. We get so many messages from social media with rigid ideas about how to take care of ourselves but if you are like most of us, you are probably still trying to figure out what self-care looks in your own life. It’s different for everyone.
So in an effort to give you clarity, inspiration and continue on with last weeks #selfcareweek, I interviewed 10 amazing wellness entrepreneurs on everything SELF CARE!
I promise you a mega dose of inspiration from each one of these wellpreneurs, and hope you can pencil in some self care this week too.
How do you define self-care? Self-care, for me, includes all of the things you do for yourself that make you feel good, are aligned with who you truly are and make life more joyous and fun! Self-care is about honouring your mind, body and spirit and making sure your cup is full before you give to others. Self-Care is creating healthy boundaries, respecting your needs and nourishing yourself on every level. So much of the time we give, give and give some more without recharging our own batteries. We don't take enough time to rest and reset, and then we are running on empty so our relationships, effectiveness at work, and life are negatively affected. Self-care is leaving situations and people that don't help you grow and by doing so opening yourself up for more aligned situations and people to enter your life. Self-care is letting go of the limiting beliefs and negative self talk that keep you stuck and blocked and instead changing the narrative in your mind to be more empowering, aligned and authentic. Self-care is knowing what you want, what you need and what you deserve, and saying no to everything that keeps you from fulfilling those categories. Self-care is self-love. Self-care is self-respect. Self-care is self-empowerment. Self-care is giving yourself permission to feel good as often as you possibly can so that you are vibrating at a higher level in order to be in a state of openness and allowing for all the you desire and deserve to come into your life.
What is your favourite self-care routine?
Self-care for me comes in many forms, but always includes things that make me feel good, calm, grounded, connected, present, inspired, joyful, aligned and authentic. It's not just about the obvious ones like what you eat and what you do for your body, it's about a more holistic approach of mind, body and spirit and doing what feels right for YOU.
Some examples for me include:
-Setting daily intentions (My two fave ones are "Today my main intentions are to feel good and have fun")
-Earthing and grounding
-Clearing and cleansing my energy with Palo santo or sage
-Movement; walks, yoga, stretching, working out, going on nature hikes, dancing (even if its just at home in my underpants)
-Singing and playing my ukulele
How do you define self-care? The concept of self-care can have a number of different interpretations, but to me it comes down to understanding what your body and mind need to thrive - and then giving yourself permission to do that thing. For example, our bodies give us cues to slow down if we've been chronically stressed. During these moments, we may feel more tired or more anxious than usual. Self-care in this situation might be going to bed a little earlier or spending some time each day to do something calming. Our bodies are brilliant and know to send us signals where there is an imbalance. It's our choice whether or not we want to tune in and act on those signals.
What is your favourite self-care routine? As someone who's had adrenal fatigue twice in the past, rest and relaxation is very important for my health and wellbeing. A simple, but relaxing morning routine can start my day off on the right foot and with a healthy mindset. This routine usually starts with my alarm going off at 5:30 am, spending half an hour getting ready for the day, and then taking some time to do a few things depending on how I'm feeling: meditation, yoga or journaling. I also like to make myself breakfast in the morning, because a healthy well-rounded meal helps to balance my blood sugar and energy levels for the day. I try to keep social media and cell-phone usage minimal until I've finished eating and am ready to work.
How do you define self-care? Self-care is the simple act of making time to care for myself. Sometimes it as simple as giving myself a manicure or going for a walk in the park by myself.
What is your favourite self-care routine? I have quite a few habits that are important for my self-care. One of them is drinking tea. I always brew a cup of herbal tea in the evening before bed. Another self-care habit is just before bed I pour a huge glass of water for myself and put it on my bedside table. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is drink the water. And finally, an important self care habit for me is being home. I am always super aware of how many evenings out I spend in a week and don’t over commit myself. Home is my happy place - I have everything I need there, my family and my kitchen.
How do you define self-care? To me, self-care is all about figuring out what it is that makes me happy and enthusiastic toward my daily life, and making a conscious effort to include those activities at the frequency you need to benefit from them. For some people maybe that's a facial or a manicure, but those are by no means the only places you can find self-care! Some people find self-care in a daily cup of tea, some people find it in a night home alone, some people find it at the gym, there are no rules with self-care.
What is your favourite self-care routine? My favourite self-care routine is a spin class. I'm prone to feeling the effects of mental stress easily and the way I manage this best is to book a spin class every day at 5:30PM. This way, I am forced to close my laptop at 5PM, stop working and go do something that gets all the built-up stress OUT of my body. I feel so good after, it's the thing I look forward to most every day."
How do you define self-care? Self-care is all about having awareness of what we need moment to moment, and being committed to meeting those needs. Instead of thinking about self-care like a check list, I like to think about it as a conversation - ongoing, organic and requiring of our full presence. Sometimes self-care is a long walk around your neighbourhood, or a movie night in on your couch and other times it’s a visit to the dentist or dealing with your taxes. For me, self-care is about dropping in with myself, listening for the impulse of what’s next and trusting that impulse enough to follow through with it.
What is your favourite self-care routine? This is always changing, and like most people I go through seasons where I’m craving one kind of nourishment or another. These days, being in my kitchen and baking or cooking is deeply supportive. There is something about the fall that calls me back into my body, and asks me to slow down with more silence, more routine and more structure. Cooking gives me ample time to just be with myself, and practice listening for what my body and taste buds are craving. This is an important aspect of intuitive eating which is central to my relationship with food, and a big part of how I’m practicing self-care these days.
How do you define self-care? Self-care is allowing yourself to engage in an activity that brings inner peace and helps manifest your optimal state of being. For us, it’s allowing time for stillness, reflection and rest.
What is your favourite self-care routine? Together: Our most common self-care routine is a gratitude walk to the lake near our home. This allows us to be in the moment with each other, focus on the good and let go of the noise of day-to-day life. Cooking together is another way we nourish ourselves creatively. Hers: Quieting my thoughts is my biggest form of self-care. Water is the element that calms me the most. My self-care includes watching water flow in nature or running a warm bath with my favourites (candles, Grey’s Anatomy and a glass of wine or tea). His: Reducing anxiety is a part of my self-care. I like to connect with nature and feel all the interconnections that help ground my thoughts. Physical activity is also an important routine in my self-care as it gives me a chance to be in my own head, focus on what I want, and release any stress.
How do you define self-care? Self care is all about nourishing myself emotionally, physically, and mentally. For me this includes a healthy diet, regular workouts, and finding "me time"!
What is your favourite self-care routine? I LOVE my morning self care routine. My main priority every morning is to get grounded and help calm my nervous system before jumping into a busy day. I start every morning with a large glass of room temperature lemon water followed by a cup of coffee with nut milk and collagen. I give myself around 25 minutes to listen to relaxing music, sip my coffee, pump out essential oils using my diffuser and write a to do list for the day.
How do you define self-care? Self-care for me is honouring my space and boundaries. It is saying yes to things that light me up and no to those that don't feel aligned. It is about expressing daily gratitude for big and little things in life, while carving out special time for my favourite wellness activities: exercise, meditation, journaling, dancing, and laughing.
What is your favourite self-care routine? Cozying up with a good book with a face mask. I love slow moments, and love when I get the chance to do this.
How do you define self-care? Self care is giving yourself what you need to show up as your best possible self, not once in a while, but every single day.
How do you define self-care?
This word, and the intention behind it continues to evolve for me. Before I thought it was about eating the best foods. Moving in a way that honoured my body, mind, heart and spirit. And, resting deep when the skies turned to night. And yes, I still feel that all of these are momentous. I also believe that spending as much time as one can in solitude, is where the magic happens. This space of deep quietude harnesses a sacred emptying - so that you may fill with all that serves your spirit.
What is your favourite self-care routine?
Sequestered in solitude.
Drenched in stillness.
Getting so quiet all I hear is my spirit speaking.
I want to hear how you define self care and what your favourite routines are too?
Leave a note in the comments below.
If you have been craving more support when it come to nourishing your body and prioritizing your own self care and wellness let’s get in touch.