I love being a health coach.
For two big reasons.
In inspiring them to embrace a wonderful and fulfilling life, I am motivated to do so too. Can’t imagine a better job.
Knowing that in some circles I am not considered an oddball for loving green smoothies … my job … fermenting things in the kitchen … practicing gratitude … cacao mousse made with avocado … finding time in my week for play and meditation and to be offline and to just be.
Recently that was a room of 300 like-minded souls at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition Sydney Conference.
A recurring theme of the day – or perhaps the one I most needed to hear and therefore I heard again and again – was that you can only give if you are full yourself. I mentioned this in Your Relocation Solution too. When you are on a plane, you should fit your own oxygen mask before helping others. Because you are no good to others or yourself without it.
Are you always giving giving giving?
Your time, your love, your energy, your money or your thoughts?
To your job, your family, your friends, your house or your inner self-doubter?
In doing so are you depleting your ‘tank’? Are you running on empty?
What could you do to fill it up a little? What makes you feel good?
A long walk? Watching a sunset? Preparing a delicious meal? Reading an inspirational book? Calling a distant friend? Meditating? Finishing a cup of tea? Diffusing an essential oil?
Just think, on how many days this week did you do something for yourself?
Did it put you in a better place?
What if you did something that made you feel good every single day?
Could it actually be possible that in taking time to fill your own tank – that is, giving to yourself – you might be better able to give to others?
A win / win?
I believe it is. There is a quote I love that goes something like this: “Everyone should meditate for 20 minutes every day. Except those who are too busy. They should meditate for an hour.”
Self care is just like that.
How are you going to practice radical self care this week?
What one thing are you going to do each day to fill up your tank?
What are you going to give to yourself?
Commit to it. To a friend, on social media, in a comment below. Enjoy!