Self-Care

10 tips for sticking to your self care regime by Samantha Doyle

Mother of four, yoga teacher and women’s wellness specialist, Samantha Doyle, is known for her ability to simplify the complex concepts of Ayurveda in a way that makes the ancient practice available and applicable to modern day living. Sami is the founder of Samantha Doyle Healthy Living, her wellness coaching business, which aims to inspire and educate women to transform their health. With 10 years experience in the industry, and personal training, nutrition and yoga certifications, Sami continues to encourage her clients to live well, be present and gain the energy they need to live a healthy, productive life.

Website: http://www.samanthadoyle.com/

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Self care is one of those highly pleasurable, super rewarding practices that improves our wellbeing and life. However, it’s usually the first thing to get bumped off the list when life gets busy. So how do we make it stick? Here are 10 tips to help you become a savvy self care goddess:

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That’s right – realise the importance of looking after your-self. Your health affects your moods, emotions, hormones, productivity, relationships, and your ability to handle stress. So instead of taking self care lightly, take it seriously.

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Only you are responsible for looking after yourself. Drop the stories that you’re too busy or too tired to fit it in your schedule, and start looking for solutions as to how you can make it a part of your life. (I always remind myself – “We all have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce!”)

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The best way to make self care a part of your daily routine is to schedule it in – literally. Sit down with your diary and map out the hours in your day. Work out when you have other commitments, like work, housework, other responsibilities. Then see where you have potential windows of time to schedule in your self care activities. If you have *some* time in the morning, but it’s not quite enough, then you can explore options such as getting up earlier to do what you have to do.

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I’ll be straight up here. You don’t feel guilty when you have to put time and money into looking after your car, to prevent it from blowing up right? Well, your car is replaceable. Your body is not (well not in this lifetime anyway!). So why the guilt? Your body is a precious gift from God. Treat it with the respect it deserves by taking care of it nicely.

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Having a daily routine (that includes your self care practices) can help keep you on track with life in general by keeping your bio-rhythms and metabolism balanced. It also helps to take the guess work out of the day and frees up some mental space to either relax our minds, or think of things other than how to rush from one urgent task to another.

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My spiritual teacher often says, “Our mind can be our best friend, or our worst enemy.” We can train our mind to do our will, or we can let our mind take us for a ride all over the show. Stepping back and being aware of the workings of our mind can help us to override its conflicting desires (such as ‘I don’t want to exercise today’ even though we know it makes us feel so good!) and give us back our personal power to CHOOSE actions that have a positive outcome in our life.

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#Fomo is real! But so are our limits. Sometimes saying ‘no’ to an engagement, or to extra work, can save us from overwhelm. So stay grounded in knowing what’s best for you, and be ok with politely declining.

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To yourself and others. It’s uplifting.

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Meditation isn’t just about stress relief. Regular mantra meditation brings peace and joy to our hearts which naturally dissolves our worries. Think of meditation as the ultimate kind of Self care – when you directly care for your Self (the soul).

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Be mindful of how you think of and treat others. Whether it’s while you’re scrolling through social media, walking down the street, or in the middle of an uncomfortable disagreement with a loved one. Look for ways to treat others with mutual respect and enjoy the elation of feeling deeply connected with those around you.

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