Why you must be Wild for Self Care

We all have different versions of what self-care means to us. When we ignore it for long enough, we can get health problems. I see men, and women particularly who move through the weeks and months with the odd headache, neck and back tightness, feeling tired, depleted and overwhelmed from yo-yo busyness of an overactive world. 

The more dangerous side effects like heart disease and depression can come as a result of an ongoing inability to take some time-out.

Before you know it, months go by and suddenly you realise that such a small portion of that time has been spent on loving and caring for yourself, and that’s if you are really conscious and self-aware.  Because then you are more likely to take action to avoid it in future.

Because there is no prescription for self-care it’s up to us as individuals to decide what we should be doing to nurture ourselves and re-charge. Whatever, it’s absolutely necessary for optimum mind and body health but we are simply not doing enough of it.

A common viewpoint is that practising self-care is indulgent. Really?

Strategies for preserving mind and body don’t have to be complex or involve finding hours of time in a week. Think about what can fit in with your lifestyle.

Still confused?

Source help in making a self-care plan and have someone hold you accountable to practising your chosen rituals.

Be consistent, put as much emphasis and importance on practising self-care as you would to your job, your kids, your partner. Stop cancelling or postponing appointments that allow you to indulge in some therapeutic relaxation.

Having an outlet to get out of your mind and to just ‘be’, recharges your batteries and gives you space to breathe, consider life, discover solutions, get clarity, find serenity.

Stop feeling guilty for taking a break from your life. It’s selfish not to adopt regular self-care, and that's not just for yourself.  

Think of it from this perspective, if it makes you feel better and gives you greater context…

You owe it to your loved ones, those that you care for, or those that rely on you to keep them safe and healthy.  You have to be well or how can you do what’s expected of you to your best?  

Stop being selfish. Make it a priority.

So, take some time out this week, create some calm in your life, take an hour for some therapy, meditate, laugh, sing, shop, exercise.  

If necessary, get some help to make it happen.

Reflexology Life: March 16 - Re-group, Re-energise & a Mini-Treat

How are you doing today?

I'm still coming down from a really wonderful few days in Las Vegas, celebrating my little sister's wedding. It was stereotypically bang on.... little white chapel on 'the strip', a rather overexcited pastor, large plates piled high with beige food, blinding neon lights, copious booze, a couple of very late nights and a slot machine flutter here and there (I'm not much of a gambler).  A few photos (edited ones!) can be found here and here.

I'll admit I was feeling a bit shattered after burning the proverbial candle, and 19 hours return travel, but thankfully I managed to side step Jet Lag!  However, I have a video here showing the reflex point on thumbs for the Pineal gland (body clock regulation, sleeping disorders) should you want some self-care.

Oh and I'll say this... If you've ever flown through Los Angeles Airport and transited from Int'l to Domestic terminals or vice versa you'll know what a totally disorganised, uptight clusterf**k the system is.  If you haven't experienced the ordeal and you intend to visit LAX sometime soon, please allow at least 3 hours for check-in or transit, or you may just lose your sanity and miss your flight.

Anyway, this weekend was spent in total contrast. Den and I, (and Dudley) packed up the car and drove South to the Shoalhaven area of NSW, and stopped in sleepy Calalla Beach.  It's in the Jervis Bay area so pristine whitest sandy beaches against a lush green mountainous backdrop were guaranteed.  We like the beaches there, not just for their vastness and beauty, but because Dudley is allowed on them too, unlike Sydney beaches. It was quiet and relaxing, soaking up some awesome nature.

It's really important to take time out every now and again, if you keep hammering it, two things happen... your life becomes 'automated' getting through one thing, then the next, then the next, until at some point you stop and realise you've been busy 'doing' rather than experiencing, and then suddenly you burn out.

When we are able to re-dress the balance, some wonderful things can happen.  Getting off the radar and doing something completely different to my 'normal' routine makes me think more creatively. Ideas will pop into my head, I remind myself of the things I've been putting off such as learning a new skill, I am able to stop procrastinating over a task or goal. I resolve to put stuff into action and gain some perspective on things.

What are your favourite ways of taking time out and is this something you've been putting off? 

So I got thinking about business and the fact that I take less bookings for my Natural Facelift treatments compared to foot Reflexology treatments. I don't think it has anything to do with the therapy itself (or me, hopefully!).  Aside from the holistic aspect, the improvements in skin texture, elasticity and the like, many clients that have NFL say they become sleepier during, and get a better nights sleep after a session of face rather than foot therapy. 

Actually, I think it's for no other reason than I tend to talk about and promote foot reflexology more, and because it's better known.  Plus, I think because it was the first modality I studied as a therapist, I guess I'll just always have a special bond with it.

So, for the whole of April, I'd like to offer you the opportunity to come along and feel Natural Facelift Therapy for yourself.
 

*April '16 Offer*
Book a foot Reflexology treatment in April, and
at the end of the session, I'll treat you to a complimentary 'mini' Natural Facelift treatment.
You'll just need to allow another 15 minutes at the end
of your usual hour session.

When you book your Reflexology appointment,
please mention that you'd like to try the mini treatment too
so I can block out the extra time needed.



In the meantime, have a great month and I hope you can make the most of this opportunity for wellness and relaxation.

Warmest wishes