Last week consisted of a few impromptu meetings, invites to events and catching up with friends between treating clients. It was also the week where I proudly launched my 90 Day Reflex Therapy and Transformation Program, and publicising this took a back seat so, excited as I was about it, I have now got some work to do in sharing this with you in the coming days.
If you want to know more about how this can support you right away, drop me a line, below.
I really like to accept as many social invitations as possible but like buses, they always seem to come along together! Connecting over a glass or two of wine and a great meal, to share thoughts and laughter is so good for the soul.
However, on Sunday, I felt tired, jaded and a little emotional, and I was reminded how important self care is to a positive mindset and being able to function optimally.
I realised a long time ago, that in order to get my mind and body back into balance and harmony, the secret sauce is in planning regular and ongoing wellness rituals, so that when life throws me a curve ball, it doesn't take weeks to get back on track or worse still, send my health backwards!
Here are three, regular things I strongly believe in and I do for my own well being (and sanity) and I thought you may find some of them useful too.
1. Diarise and action a regular Reflexology treatment: There are so many instances in life when our health can be compromised... physically, mentally and emotionally. We can't tell in advance what things will occur to overwhelm us and we may have weeks where everything goes smoothly.
Prevention, however, is far better than cure and when I receive a treatment for myself, I'm always surprised just how much I needed it, even when I think I don't.
2. Diarise 1 hour a week for 'me-time': Or better still; 1 hour a day. I used to think that this was selfish and indulgent, that I didn't have time to just drop everything and sort myself out. It was a challenge at first because of the demands of family and work, or household tasks. However, 'you cannot serve others from a depleted cup' and if you are going to be your best mentally, physically and emotionally and be well enough to show up for others, YOU have to come first.
Force yourself to stop and listen to your body. Ideally pick a solo pursuit so you get the opportunity to connect with your inner self, with no distractions. Meditate, read a book, go to bed early, go for a walk, listen to your favourite playlist, bake a cake, draw and doodle, bathe in a hot bath with essential oils, journal, learn a new skill... just a few ideas.
3. Plan weekly meals: In my view, this is the only way you can make sure that you get the right nutrition and you are not caught short when you are running late or have nothing left in the fridge at the end of the week but are starving hungry. Create a meal diary, keeping the menu simple yet tasty, shop, pre-prep as many ingredients as you can (go organic as much as you can), share the effort.
There's no surprises and less excuses. A great solution if you are time poor and lacking inspiration, is to subscribe to Hello Fresh or Marley Spoon, who will both deliver your ingredients and a recipe card every week.
Do you have any other tips you can share? I'd love to hear them.