Ten Commandments of Self Care for Christmas and Beyond

I have spent time this year thinking about this field of work and about the people - colleagues and friends - who make it such a rich and rewarding sector to be a part of. At the same time, I am acutely aware of the pressures that so many of us are under and that we are not always good at taking care of own wellbeing. As a result, many of us will be hurtling into Christmas feeling stressed, tired, even burnt out. Let’s be honest, we don’t always practice what we preach.
Kindness Project
So, for those of you interested in the question of how we can we better support each other and ourselves, inspired by The Five Ways to Wellbeing and Ali Brown’s Kindness Project, here are my Ten Commandments of Self Care, which I will be striving to practice in 2018, and which might also be useful through the festive period.  

1. Rest: Enjoy holidays and days off! Revel in doing nothing.
2. Play: This outcomes-driven culture, of which we are all a part, stifles creativity. Take time to play.
3. Reflect: Slow down, take notice, be curious, make space to reflect.
4. Support: Give generously and accept help in return.
5. Be active: Look after the body; dance, dance, dance! 
6. Keep learning: Nourish, inspire and feed your neural pathways.
7. Connect: Make time for friends and family. 
8. Express yourself: write, sing, dance, draw, bake cakes, tell stories….
9. Spend time outdoors: whether you love spacious horizons or forest bathing, take time to let nature work its magic.
10. Be Kind: Turn the world into a gentler, more empathetic and caring place one act of kindness at a time. 
If you would like to have a conversation about how we can better support each other and ourselves in this work, do let me know. I’d love to hear from you.