According to Odile, there are three pillars of self-care––exercise, sleep and diet. Regularly exercising is not only important for your physical health but from a mental health perspective, it has been shown to treat feelings of anxiety and depression. Getting enough sleep is also an incredibly important part of self-care and helps us recharge. And watching what you eat is beneficial to both your body and your emotions.
Mindfulness is also another great way to self-care. Embracing things like deep breathing, meditation and grounding exercises help bring us back into the moment, to our own breath and thoughts. “How many times have we commuted back from work to home, and get home and think, how did I get back here? And it’s because you’re thinking about a million things, like deadlines and things you have to do tomorrow, so grounding yourself is really important particularly for anxiety” says Odile.
For Valerie, “self-care is merely doing what works for you. It can be as simple as taking a walk every day around your neighbourhood, enjoying a hot cup of coffee in the morning, to a more intricate ceremony with crystals and sacred herbs. What is truly self-care can vary depending on but not limited to the individual, the time of day and the time available.”