WELLNESS + SELF-CARE + MAMAS + SIMPLE TIPS
4 Simple Self-Care Tips
9 August 2020
I used to believe that putting myself first was selfish and for years I allowed that belief to stop me, in so many ways. I put my family, friends and well even a stranger before myself. I was constantly worn down, tired, exhausted and never got anything done for myself! I thought I was serving everyone, but what I was really doing was leaving myself depleted. I was also not giving the best of myself to me or to others. I was giving leftovers. Once I realized that I’d never feel whole, taken care of or find any sort of balance in my life if I didn’t flip this belief and create a new one, everything changed. When you feel cared for, appreciated and rested FIRST, it allows you to give the best of yourself to your children, family and friends. It’s amazing what we can achieve when we change our perspective. Here are four simple tips I like to work on with my clients, to help teach them the value in self-care and to help them feel more loved, appreciated, cared for and nourished.
- Establish a routine that is just for you. I don’t care what it is… but pick something that helps you feel loved, cared for and nourished (inside + out). Maybe it’s a bath with a candle, maybe it’s a good read… maybe it’s 5 minutes alone in your safe space, Mama. (I get it.)
- Sleep. As someone who worked overnights for years and years of my life (even while having a little), I can’t tell you enough how valuable sleep is. It is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, our bodies and our minds.
- Pick a practice that helps you feel grounded and uplifts. For me it’s meditation and yoga. It doesn’t have to be an entire class, cause Mama, I know time is scarce. But it does have to be something that raises you up. Go for a walk, run, dance around your living room, meditate or do some gentle stretches while you repeat your positive affirmations. Pick something, anything and start giving back to YOU.
- BREATHE. Have you checked in and actually observed your breathing today? Have you been breathing? I’m not talking those shallow excuses of a breath. I’m talking those long walks on the beach kind of breaths that you take in and fill your lungs with fresh new life force and energy. Those breaths that make you feel alive again. Those breathes that are deep, long, meaningful, mindful and that signal that parasympathetic nervous system. The ones that cause your entire body to take a moment and relax and cause you to forget what you were upset about. Those breathes that help you let it all go. Yup… THOSE.
If there is one thing I would love for you to take away today is that YOU are essential and so is your self-care. Your practice of self-care is important for you and for those you love. It’s not just that you’ll feel better, and you will, but you GIVE better and you give the BEST version of yourself. It’s what keeps you from being that short-fused Mama walking around, yelling randomly, with your sixth cup of coffee in hand. When YOU feel fed in all the ways (spiritually, emotionally, physically and so on), you become the best version of yourself and you can achieve what you feel you were put here to do.
Wishing you all so much happiness, health and self-love,
I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between. My specialty is vegan and gluten-free options and alternatives!
I studied with the world’s top health and wellness experts including:
- Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
- Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
- Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
- Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
- Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
- Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
- David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
- Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
- Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
- Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship(s) cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.
I work with my clients to get in touch with their body’s needs because I understand that life happens and your needs will change. I want to equip you with the self-awareness to make the best decisions for yourself in any given circumstance. I believe each person is fully capable of making well-informed decisions as their own expert, not the latest magazine article or fad diet book.
Let’s define what you value most from your well-being. We’ll use these visions to motivate specific goals that bring you closer to where you want to be. As your coach, I will not dictate a diet for you, but together we will explore why some foods make you feel better than others and how to strategically use that feedback. Together we’ll co-create your health goals within reasonable time frames and actionable objectives so you know exactly what you’re working toward.