One of the most common themes when I speak to my clients about the importance of self-care is that “Yes it would be nice but who has time for such luxuries!”. For some “mysterious” reason it is widely believed that a woman that invests time in herself is a privileged woman of leisure and while this might be the case when self-care is directly associated with spa days and sipping Mimosas in the grounds of your club house, it is a huge misconception.
Your interpretation of life is built on your very personal mind map of the world, your experiences, your beliefs (as well as those others have given you), your influencers, your values and often, on how you are feeling in any given moment. Add to that the human inclination to think the worst (flight/flight) and is it any wonder we get stuck, feel unhappy, disconnected?
I love to step back at the end of each year and pull out the highlights, the events, people, and creative outlets that have made the year worth it, no matter how difficult it has been. A time to reflect…
“Give yourself permission to live a big life. Step into who you are meant to be. Stop playing small, you’re meant for greater things”
Yvonne Bignall’s parents were among those who left their family and homes to travel thousands of miles for opportunities abroad.
Today the successful businesswoman from Radstock, who has written a best-seller and offered training courses world-wide, credits her parents for instilling resilience and an entrepreneurial spirit.
The award-winning women’s health advocate and self-care coach said: “I think my parents were entrepreneurial as they left the life they knew behind and were driven to succeed abroad.
When I wrote my first published book, Suck It Up or Change, it was an opportunity to shed some of the baggage I had been carrying; the guilt, the resentment, even some hate. As you may already know, emotions tend to reflect back onto us so you can imagine how I felt about myself feeling all these negative emotions about others & life itself. And that’s how the 7F Principles I now live by came to transform how I chose to live my life.
When will you begin because it’s impossible to finish what you don’t start?
It all begins with one step… There comes a moment in time when you must accept that getting into action is the only thing that will get you over the starting line. No amount of positive thinking, dreaming, hoping and wishing can materialise into something meaningful without you doing something.
The 2.0 upgrade to living is available to YOU – are you ready to seize it by creating a healthy mindset, building your confidence, and developing abundant self-care habits? That is the question!
3 Ways To Increase Your Self-Care Beyond Nutrition & Fitness
Practicing self-care through better nutrition & fitness is great, however, it’s not the be all and end all. To live optimally you must adopt the mindset, habits and outlook that serve your higher self. You must tune your senses into those things that develop you, that increase your level of self-care and that underline why you must be a priority in your life. Good health, after all, is all encompassing.
Here are 3 ways to check in with your current level of self-care and to make necessary changes to elevate it:
Right out of the gate I would say yes… but then you would expect me to as a Self-care Coach!
The truth is, I embed self-care principles in all areas of my personal life and my work, whether I am leading Nordic Walking classes, Personal Training clients, Nutrition Coaching or Mindset Coaching; every single one of these avenues lead to increased self-care and that leads my clients to making healthier life decisions that transform their experience of life (over time).
And what makes my work worthwhile is when I get to share my client’s stories because it is their experience and outcomes that remind me how important this work is. So here is one such story:
I’m a bit of a fan of New Amsterdam, the hospital drama on Amazon. There is something captivating about the interactions between staff members, hospital patients and the hierarchy. And I love the diversity of the team, each with their own unique strengths, imperfections and outlooks.
Having recently watched the last episode of series 2, there was an interesting interaction around the topic of self-care.
Are you sick of living half a life?
What happens on the day you wake up and decide you’re sick of living half a life? You’re fed up with constantly running out of energy and losing momentum when going for your goals and quite frankly, you’re just plain tired of feeling worn out, exhausted and dissatisfied with life (possibly because you have been nurturing everyone else’s needs over your own).
Something’s got to give!