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Spring clean your self-care

23rd March 2019 | Beverly Landais

We all know what we need to do to feel fit, healthy and happy, but it’s another thing to make it happen. The problem is that when life gets busy, self-care is the first thing to sacrifice. To keep your schedule under control, sometimes you skip meals, miss your class at the gym, or cancel plans with friends. People often think that taking time for themselves in the middle of busy times seems indulgent but looking after your wellbeing will help you be productive and care for others.

Good health is not only defined merely by lack of illness. It includes the management of your wellbeing by prioritising self-care. Realising this can become the spark that ignites the motivation to act and manage your wellness.  Remember that good intention can fail when people go to extremes with strenuous workouts and then eat unappealing foods that feel like a punishment. There is another way. Small changes to your routine can make a big difference. 

Here are three steps to help you spring clean your regime of self-care: 

Do a self-care audit: Prioritising self-care means paying attention to how you spend your time, handle your resources and maintain your environment. What has worked for you in the past? What did you enjoy about this? How can you build upon your previous successes however small?

Ignite motivation: If you are worried about your health. What precisely would you like to improve? Setting a goal will motivate you to do something about it. What strengths do you have that can help you achieve this? How would it feel if you acted upon the answers to these questions?

Choose to act: What is the one thing that you could do immediately? On a scale of one to ten, how likely are you to stick at it? Aim for at least seven. Try to buddy up with someone like-minded. When it comes to wellbeing, social beats solo. Do one thing today that contributes to self-care and then do another tomorrow. Keep going until it becomes a habit.

Some of these ideas are simple and obvious yet it’s surprising how few people apply them daily. Investing time to think about your regime of self-care and then act to support your good health. Put them into practice and you’ll be astonished the big difference small changes can make to your overall wellbeing.

23rd March 2019 | Beverly Landais

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