Self-care

“Self-care” has become a bit of a millennial buzz-word, which is a shame because it undermines the fundamental importance of simply taking care of your self.

There are many dimensions to self-care. Here are some that are most important to me.

Movement

Your body needs movement, not just exercise. Read more about self-massage, stretching and vital micro-movements in the self-care section of my blog.

Nourishment

This is what you put into and onto your body. You’ve only got one body so feed it well and remember: your skin absorbs everything. Why would you put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth?

Sleep

When it comes to sleep, quality is just as important as quantity.

Community

We are social beings, we need others in our lives, especially other wild, strong women. The modern world is both wonderfully connected and tragically disconnected. Build your own village.

Alone time

Paradoxically, we also need time alone. Some need more of this than others, but we all need solitude to some extent. It’s not selfish, it’s a way to recharge so we have more energy to share with the world.

Kindness

This one is hard. Really hard. The best advice I have been given is:

“Treat others as you would treat yourself and treat yourself as you would treat others.”

To get started, check out this blog post:

Top Four Self-Care Books for Wild Women