Over time, perhaps in some new found wisdom, the concept of what "self care" means to me has changed a great deal. I used to view it very much as a nice-to-have. Ways to treat or indulge or pamper. When I thought of self-care, it conjured up images of trips to the day spa, massages or personal training.
Today, I know that self-care is essential. Self-care is also a direct reflection of self-love. As a mother and an entrepreneur, a modern woman wearing many hats, I have come to realise that self-care is mandatory if I am to thrive, give love and be the person I want to be. As the saying goes, you really can't pour from an empty cup. I've also come to realise that self-care is much less about grand gestures and more about making time for yourself, your health and wellbeing (both mentally and physically). About being rested, mindful and connected to your soul.
I have found that the easiest way to ensure I practice self-care and look after myself as much as possible is to create simple daily rituals out of my otherwise "ordinary" daily habits. My Jurlique products help me turn my daily skincare routine into a tiny slice of me-time. For example, in the mornings, I make myself a hot coffee and set aside 5 minutes to treat my skin to a thorough cleanse with the new botanical cleansers - my current favourite is the Nourishing Cleansing Oil to soften and restore my skin during the colder months. I follow my cleanse with a mist, serum, eye cream and moisturiser. The whole ritual takes a few minutes but it's time stolen just for myself and leaves me in a positive mindset, whilst the Jurlique cleansers smell and feel divine for a spa like treatment at home.
Some other ways I practice self-care include a nourishing smoothie if I'm running short on time, diffusing my favourite Jurlique oil blends, doing a short meditation, stretching, yoga or just a short walk outdoors and my absolute favourite way to unwind and nurture myself, a steaming hot detox bath x