Time to care about SELF-CARE
Updated: Jul 7, 2018
"Self-care" is one of those things that we all talk about and tell others to engage in, but we don't usually follow our own recommendations... and by "we" I am definitely referring to myself! When my friends tell me they are sick or run down, I am the first to tell them to 'take the day', 'get a massage', or simply 'go back to bed.'
It's funny though, as today I decided to ignore my own advice and push through the day. How wrong was I. So wrong, that I found myself nearly falling asleep on the couch in the clinic. So what did I do? I rang my boss, cancelled my clients, drove the two hours back home and 'took the afternoon.' Oh, but not without a stop at the pharmacy for some Olive Leaf Extract and some Eucalyptus oil to clear my sinus'!
Have the cake/muffin/coke as you please.
Yes, I may have basically had two days off this week, but hopefully it'll pay off and I'll be back to my enthusiastic self by the end of this week. Yes, I feel guilty and know that I've let down my clients, but would they really appreciate me sharing the germs? I think not. As my beautiful boss reminded me today, "you need to look after yourself and be the best you can be for them." You know what? She's right! She yet again reminded me why I work for such a beautiful and family-centred practice. She also told me to go to sleep. So basically, she's my second mother, and I'm okay with that. We all need someone to tell us what to do sometimes and I'm not afraid to admit that.
So here are my top tips for self-care. (Disclaimer, before you ask, yes I will be trying my best to follow them myself.)
1. Get a good night's sleep.
2. Drink plenty of water.
3. Eat a balanced diet.
4. Schedule in two walks per week. (Con one of your besties for a chinwag)
5. Have the cake/muffin/coke as you please.
6. Take the night off from laminating and catching up on notes to:
- watch a TV show
- chat to a peer/family member
7. Take up a hobby. (Mine is baking!!)
8. Read a chapter before bed.
9. Take 15 minutes a day to meditate. (This is a new one for me!)
On that note. It's bedtime. Happy self-care!