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  • Louise


Updated: May 4, 2023

As we enter a new year, attentions turn to how we can move forward with the things that serve us best, and let go of things that no longer serve us.

Cup of coffee self care tool kit

It is really hard to fit in self-care, especially when you have a lot going on. Sometimes it can become a pressure trying to cram it on to the end of your to-do list, or you find that it gets omitted completely. Making simple things a form of self-care can be really beneficial. Simply slowing down for the five minutes you drink a morning tea, really noticing the sights and smells of a morning commute, closing your eyes for 3 minutes silence when things get hectic or writing a small list of gratitude before bed, can be enough. On other occasions, getting out of the house for a regular exercise or a craft class, can create space and distance from the juggling act of 'jobs'. In terms of physical and mental health, just making these three commitments to yourself can be a real game changer in terms of energy, injury prevention and well-being.

  1. Drink more water. Most of us do not drink enough water and although it may not be snazzy or anything new, just making sure you get the recommended can do amazing things for your energy levels, your skin and your digestive system.....every system in the body benefits! 8x8 ounces of water a day or approximately 2 litres a day is sufficient as the rest of your water requirements are met by food intake.

  2. Take 5 minutes to stretch. At any time of the day, it doesn't have to be at a particular time. Gently roll your shoulders, stand up tall, get up and walk, stretch any areas that feel they need it and get the blood flowing to aid healing. If you can get yourself to a yoga class or pilates from home, even better, but by simply stretching it out little and often, helps keep muscles and joints supple and aids in injury prevention.

  3. Be mindful. In whichever form it takes, just allowing ourselves to slow the pace and take in our surroundings, helps to keep us grounded and ultimately helps us experience life more fully and with more gratitude. Meditation, mindful movement, a massage, writing a gratitude journal, really enjoying a piece of your favourite chocolate, are daily practises that can easily be achieved once we get in to the habit of doing them.

January is a time for rest and reflection as we gently move towards Spring. Take this time to recuperate and to set up some healthy habits that will keep you going through the rest of the year!

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