Hashtag #Selfcare is all over the internet, especially on Instagram, it is often misunderstood, so here is the truth.

Firstly, self-care is not selfish, there is a reason they tell you to place your oxygen mask on first before your children when you fly. If you fall over, it affects your whole family. If you look after yourself, you will be more able to care for others.

Social media can make self-care look like yoga at sunrise on the beach in a bikini, pumping iron or drinking green juices in designer active wear. While there is nothing wrong with any of that, self-care looks different day to day for each individual.

Some people give up on the idea because it feels too hard. When you have a young family, aging parents, and work commitments it can feel impossible to consider self-care. So here are some examples of what self care can look like, depending on your situation:

  • focusing on your breathing for a minute
  • a five minute meditation on Insight Timer or a similar app
  • going to bed 30 minutes earlier
  • putting your favourite song on and singing to it in the car or dancing to it in the kitchen while you are making dinner
  • a five or ten minute online workout you can do in your kitchen or lounge room
  • a 10 minute walk
  • an extra glass of water each day
  • ensuring you have protein with each meal
  • adding a serve of vegies
  • having an epsom salts bath
  • watching a funny/cute animal video
  • cancelling an appointment
  • saying no
  • disappointing someone
  • reaching out for help
  • knowing that done is better than perfect
  • paying your bills
  • clearing/cleaning up your space
  • getting financial advice
  • making that difficult phone call

My lovely coach Chandu Bickford always says, choose two ways you can practice self-care today. I recommend you ask this of yourself each day and practice self-care in a way that works for you at that time. It is better to do what you can do to look after yourself rather than nothing at all, we just need to re-frame or re-define our understanding of self-care. I chat more about this in the glamorous video below, ha ha.

At Informed Health – Mind Body Nutrition, one of our specialties is helping people in stress, overwhelm and exhaustion. You can book one to one individual consultations beginning with our Initial Health Assessment.

Fiona Kane is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Mind Body Eating Coach, Holistic Counsellor, Professional Speaker and writer on Health and Nutrition and the founder of Informed Health.

 

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