Autumn is a time when immunity and health can be vulnerable, so now is a great time to start thinking about how to strengthen yourself in preparation for the colder, darker months.
The best way to build resilience and immunity is through everyday self-care.
Self-care is not being selfish, it is being caring towards yourself.
When I take care of myself I feel stronger and more positive, plus I feel able to give more to my family, my friends and my clients.
Six ways to practice self-care
1. Protect your sleep
By the end of the day we all have ‘decision fatigue’.
That’s why I have an evening routine.
I turn off wifi at 9pm, plug my phone in to charge in the kitchen, make time to shower and moisturise before bed, and aim to be in bed by 10.30pm most nights.
Decent sleep is the single most important thing you can do to take care of yourself. Sleep is when your body and mind not only rests, but repairs itself.
2. Make time to move your body
I’m not a gym-bunny, not even close, but I do make time to walk or cycle one or two miles a day, plus a couple of yoga classes per week, even when I’m busy. If I get to dance as well, I’m happy!
It doesn’t matter so much what you do, but we all need to use our bodies more. Ideally by doing something that is a) easy and b) enjoyable.
3. Eat good food
I know that sugar, wheat and dairy are inflammatory foods, so do my best to avoid them. Vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils, eggs and seafood are more nourishing for me, so that is what I aim to eat most often. I like coffee, chocolate and wine, so I enjoy them.
Inflammatory foods are hard to avoid, but if you can keep them to a minimum, I promise you will see a massive upsurge in your energy very quickly.
4. Avoid chemicals
I spend part of our family food budget on organic food so we eat fewer toxins, and we all use organic skin-care because it’s nicer and I can see and feel the difference in my skin.
It’s hard to avoid chemicals completely, but do what you can. Homeopathy is brilliant for de-toxing all kinds of medication, especially synthetic hormones.
5. Practice gratitude and reflection
I write morning pages to unclutter my mind first thing in the morning and write down three things I feel grateful for at the beginning and end of each day.
These two things are simple and effective. If you can build them into your regular routine, they’ll help you focus on the good things in your life.
6. Make empty space
For most of my life, whenever I’ve had empty space in my schedule, I’ve found something to fill it. I don’t do that any more. I have half a day on Friday when I make time that’s just for me.
I do everything I can to make Sunday a quiet day, spent mostly at home. I know that having at least one day when we are just ‘at home’ makes everything better. Sometimes this means saying ‘no’ to things I want to say ‘yes’ to.
If you don’t have much empty space in your life, maybe have a think about why that is, and what you could do to carve out a small piece of time that’s just for you.
How can you care for yourself more?
Is there something here you haven’t focused on for a while?
What can you do to practice self-care this coming week, even if you are busy?
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