Self-Care is annoying.
As a concept.
I get it, though.
I know what people mean and we, ourselves, advise people to do it.
But as a separate ‘activity’, reality is – we know it will be the first thing to go.
It’s you having to add yet another thing.
Most people are ‘functioningly’ knackered.
Running on too little sleep.
A drop too much booze.
A little too much unhealthy food.
A body you don’t hate but strategically cover well.
A to-do list that never quite clears.
Nothing too bad, nothing technically terrible.
“You can’t pour from an empty cup”.
Well – we know that’s a lie because we’ve all done it.
Sometimes for years.
No-one died or went to prison, the house didn’t catch fire and the children are basically OK.
…well definitely not losing, anyway.
Should be happy, right?
And we know you’ll get round to that..
So before we ask you to add anything else to your day, for now – we want to ask you to stop.
Wherever you are; in your pants, in the park, at your desk – wherever.
Set a timer, shut your eyes and listen to your breath.
The in then the out.
The space between the two.
5 would be good.
15 a day would shrink your amygdala (responsible for fight or flight), reduce your cortisol, help you sleep, balance your hunger and satiety hormones so you lose excess fat, help you focus, help you stay calm, reduce anxiety – make your life better.
By all means; put on a face mask, go for a massage, a facial, a holiday, do your nails and all the rest of it.
But starting with just listening to your breath would give you so much more than the rest combined.
A minute would be a great place to start.
Also… if you are ready to fire on all cylinders?
To feel shinier and have all more fun?
Want to feel healthy and happy in your skin and carve out the perfect life FOR YOU
(not anyone else).
(sod anyone else)
If you’ve scrolled past enough memes and motivational quotes for a lifetime, and are thinking:
I’m READY IT’S MY TURN NOW I WANT A PIECE OF THE ACTION
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