We see multitudes of articles on self-care, but what does it truly mean to self-care?
Self-care is not something we only do at the weekends, such as going for a pamper or to get our nails done, now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with either of them, but self care is about how we are with ourselves, and I would say more so our body, every single moment of every single day.
Many of us can see and feel the benefits caring for ourselves, how the self-caring choices we have and are effecting our lives in great ways. The changes in our body, how we look, feel, maybe we have lost some weight, how we dress, eat, walk, the knock on effect it has on our relationships, our family, our work, our energy levels, maybe we react less and so much more. It’s totally understandable we want to run around and tell the world, shout from the roof tops about how amazing we feel, nothing wrong with that go for it, why hold back how amazing we feel when someone asks, but what do we do when we see other people in our lives not taking care of themselves?
I have worked as a teacher for several years, in the primary, secondary and further education areas. I deeply care about people, and what I see is that our incredible teachers are tired, burnt-out, exhausted, stressed out and many are leaving the profession across the globe, Recent recruitment numbers show there is a significant drop in those applying for the profession, and there have been recent articles in the press about the levels of teacher mental health issues.
A massive part of self-care I have found that really supports me is what I eat. I know all too well it can be easy to grab something quick or snack on sugary foods to keep me going throughout the day. Whilst in all honesty it leaves me more tired than when I started, with the highs and lows of the sugar spikes.
There's nothing better than a big bowl of hot home-made soup at this time of year. I made this today, it was the perfect meal to ward off the freezing cold weather we are having at the moment, plus it's full of loads of super nutritious veggies and some great supportive spices too.
One thing I have found over the years is exercise for me is supper supportive for my body, and also my mental health and wellbeing.
I previously worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, yoga teacher and kids swimming teacher. I've been at both ends of the same extreme from training really hard, twice a day to nothing at all. Neither of which were supportive or self-loving for myself or my body.
At this time of year the morning can be pretty chilly, and I for one love a warm breakfast to start the day.
When I was younger I used to like my mums porridge, though I have found over the years my body doesn't like gluten. I've tried alternatives such as gluten free porridge, there's lots of discussion about oats being completely gluten free, I'll leave this for you to check out yourself. What I am experimenting with is if I get the same feeling from gluten free oats as I did when I used to eat porridge. This is something no one can tell me, but something I have to find out from listening to my body.
I recently saw a post on social media for what sounded like an amazing free event about having a different relationship with money, which was run by the Charitable Institution College of Universal Medicine (http://www.coum.org). Now I would have loved to go to this event, though that wasn't possible as it was in Australia, though I did manage to speak to a friend who went. Now I can't tell you what the course was about as I wasn't there, but one thing my friend shared that she took away from it, was appreciating paying her bills. What???? I nearly fell of my seat with that, appreciating paying for my bills, I had never ever considered this in my life.