Self care. The act of caring for oneself, to ensure you are cared for, be it physically, mentally or spiritually. It can be called "me time", "time out" or pampering - ultimately, it is time where one takes pause from the busyness of their life and spend time doing something that they love. For some it is yoga, others meditation, for hubby it might be fishing! My husband's self care is an early morning bodysurf at Mooloolaba and coffee with some good friends.
You may ask why a Kitchen Coach is talking about self care? Well, I believe that in the world of healthy living, it is most important for the providers of care look after themselves first. That includes all mum's, dad's, aunties, uncles, and grandparents! Put your oxygen mask on first, it will ensure that you can lead by example for your children, allow you to be resilient in the face of adversity (picky eaters anyone?) and be the best care givers in the world. The key to success in the kitchen and beyond, is to ensure YOU are at your best.
There are many forms of self care and is different for everyone, so my question to you is, what would your self care look like? What do you know you need to do for yourself but don't give time or space to do? Take some time today to write down your ideal self care on a piece of paper, put it on the mirror in your bathroom to remind yourself, and take the first step towards looking after yourself. Go on, don't just say "that's a great idea!", DO IT!
Many people ask me what I do for self care on a day to day basis, I thought to provide you all an insight to what I do, and how it benefits me. I would love to hear from you on your strategies!
My Daily Self Care Strategies:
These strategies keep me on top of things, I notice if I ever miss these through being "busy" or rushed, I feel off.
- 500ml of water on rising before anything else enters my mouth, hydrating the body first thing replace the lost fluids from a nights sleep;
- 20 minutes of exercise in the sunshine while consciously focusing on my breath, moving the body and getting a dose of vitamin D is a great mood booster;
- Consuming as many of the following 4 of "nature's brooms" to help keep me regular and properly "swept out":
- Psyllium Husk
- Chia Seeds
- Slippery Elm Powder (see my Smooth Move Formula below for a quick and easy fibre fix!).
- The cook doesn't clean in our house, a golden rule that ensures the provider of nutrition can rest after their awesome effort for dinner! This is the easiest to implement, try it tonight?
- We always try to have one night off cooking per week, that can be some healthy takeaway or cooking a double batch of something to freeze and eat later in the week!
- Another self care strategy in the kitchen, one that I believe is about self respect, is the preparing of ONE MEAL ONLY per meal. This not only saves time, it also ensures you set boundaries, letting the picky eater "win" makes it harder in future. Hold firm, but don't force them to eat it!
And although self care is different for everyone, one of the biggest daily self care habits that has made the most difference to me personally has been my daily "Body Boost" as coined by Kim Morrison using the most amazing products from Miessence, the most wholesome certified organic to food grade standard products EVER!
Not only are you then avoiding applying harmful toxins to your body, you are now taking time for yourself and benefiting your mind and body through the positive effects of the essential oils being absorbed into your skin and your olfactory system.
Take time every day for a little self care, you will notice a shift in how each day unfolds, brighter and more positive!