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Recharge: A Year of Self-Care to Focus on You

I struggle to find the time to put myself first. I sacrifice my own self-care because of my – or my family’s – busy lifestyle. Sound familiar? Well, your struggle stops here, because I know that small moments of self-care lead to big changes. And they can help you. Why? Well, I have been where you are: busy, tired and letting self-care slip away.

That’s why I wrote my book Recharge: A Year of Self-Care to Focus on You. A month-by-month self-care bible. The ultimate self-care bible for women who want to find their balance in life. In Recharge, I share an abundance of guidance, tips and advice designed to help you keep self-care at the forefront of your mind and support you on your journey to a well-rounded sense of wellness. Recharge is your month-by-month self-care bible to help replenish your mind, body and soul. Each month of the year covers a specific area of self-care including mindful eating, managing stress, digital detox, rebuilding self-esteem, finding your passions and more.

Between being a wife, a mother (to four kids) and working, looking after myself wasn’t a priority. I was exhausted and I knew I couldn’t keep it up for ever. But once I started taking care of myself, everything changed. When I started to prioritise self-care, my energy levels skyrocketed, and I felt strong, healthy and capable.

What exactly do I mean by self-care?

Essentially, it’s doing those things that help us to feel good about ourselves. That’s unique to each of us, of course, and can range from seemingly small things, such as repeating a positive affirmation to something like participating in a yoga session or meditative practice. It may also take the form of an ongoing exercise regime, caring for your body and mind through healthy eating, spending some time alone with your thoughts and also making the time for meaningful interactions with friends and family. When you master the art of making self-care a priority, you will not only enhance your physical health but your mental health, too.

Slowing Down for Self-care

When we nourish ourselves and start to incorporate even the smallest moments of self-care we tap into an energy within us that’s always been there, even when we are depleted. This energy is different to the energy that powers us through the day. It allows us to slow down, to listen to our gut instincts and to ourselves. Making the decision to slow down, instead of finding ways to steam ahead, may seem ridiculous to you. If you have an endless to-do list and demands from countless people then you may think you need to stay in the fast lane. But if you take a moment to slow down, take stock of what is really important to you and then give the lion’s share of your energy and attention to those things, you will find you are more fulfilled and less stressed out.

Different Types of Self-care

I believe that there are two main types of self-care: recreational and transformative. Both are necessary, but they serve different purposes. Recreational self-care is a quick escape, like a massage, any kind of ‘spa’ appointment, a weekend getaway or a vacation. This type of self-care lifts our spirits and mood temporarily, clears the mind for a while and allows us to ‘let go’ in the short term. All of this is, of course, good. Transformative self-care is on a whole different level, whereby we are able to nourish ourselves deep within and not just on the surface. This kind of self-care is an investment in our present and future well-being and overall happiness. And it’s permanent. But we must sacrifice some of our time and energy so that we can truly recharge for life. I know that recreational self-care feels easier and, well, it is. It is a welcome distraction, an escape and an emotional reprieve, and it can almost numb us from wanting to go deeper into transformative self-care. But I think we all know the easy way is usually not the best way. Yes, transformative self-care will be harder, but it will be worth it, giving us healing, sustained energy, inner growth, confidence, self-love, passion and, ultimately, purpose in life. Transformative self-care isn’t a guilty pleasure. It’s actually an important part of your journey towards long-term health and happiness. So at the heart of my plan is you making a commitment to your health, to your happiness, and to you – and that takes time. But spending time on you … well, that’s the beginning of your self-care journey.

Sign up to Recharge: A Year of Self Care – Book Club! Starting in January and for each of the 12 months in 2022, I will be hosting a one-hour live ZOOM each month (first zoom this Saturday 8th January) where we will join together as a community to read and discuss my best-selling book:
‘Recharge: A Year of Self-Care to Focus on You’. Each month focuses on a theme, for example, January is all about ‘Eating the Right Foods Mindfully’ as well as doing ‘Dry January’ together!

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