Self Care, What is it?

Relationships of all types throughout our lifetime impact health and well being physically and psychologically. Wouldn’t you agree? Research shows that most chronic diseases have lifestyle and environmental causes.

Beginning in childhood and even prenatally, events and relationships together with the way in which we interact with nature and the world around us shape our state of health and happiness.

Affection and aggression have profound implications on physical and emotional development, homeostasis (balance in our bodies systems) and immune function. How we are loved, How we love each other, How we love and care for ourselves not only impact chronic disease, but also resilience depression and anxiety, sleep issues and performance.

We don’t control the events that happen, We don’t control how others interact we us, We can’t ‘make’ people love us, Nor can we stop people being who they are.

So what can we control?

Who we are and how we love ourselves! Self-care is the true health care! BUT What does that look and feel like? Honestly it can look like whatever you want it to! What its NOT is being selfish. Taking care of yourself and your health is the opposite of selfish, as it allows you to be able to love and give more to others.

Here’s what self-care means for me and how I present it to my clients.

It means accepting love from those around you
(without feeling you have to feel the same way about them)

It means being oven to receiving as well as giving
(Taking complements without ‘batting’ them away with self-deprecating comments)

It means keeping yourself accountable
(doing what you say you are going to do for yourself, like going to bed and getting up at the same time every day)

It means nourishing your body with quality not crap food
(eating for health not instant gratification or distraction)

It means moving daily in a way that lights you up
(walking, dancing, jogging, pilates, yoga, golf, tennis, lifting weights whatever feels good!)

It means tuning into your joy and your needs
(instead of ignoring or dismissing them as less important than others joy and needs)

It means listening to your body’s sensations and energy and tuning into your ‘gut’ instincts and intuition
(rather than believing other know better than you do!)

It means giving yourself permission to say “NO”
(without guilt, explanation or justification)

It means giving yourself space to think about the impact on your day and your health before saying ‘yes’ to everyone that asks for a ‘favour’
(not automatically saying yes, then trying to think of excuses to get out of it or stressing out about fitting it in)

It means allowing time to just ‘be’ you daily
(not Mum, wife, sister, daughter, auntie, best friend, manager, boss, cleaner, cook, trainer, organiser, etc)

SELF-CARE will help you get back to who you really are,
you will heal all areas of your life:

Health, relationships, and business.

And this is what this group and the programs I offer you are all about.

Are you ready to ‘take life by the BALLS’ and Practice self-care fully?

Vicky xx