I’m sure most of you have been on an airplane and paid attention to the safety demo before takeoff, correct? Well, during these safety demonstrations there is an emphasis on making sure that you put your own oxygen mask on before helping other people put their masks on. This is important because, in order for you to be useful and help others, you must take care of yourself first. This can be applied to all aspects of your life. You need to make sure you are taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your family, friends, and career. When was the last time you focused on self-care and is it a part of your daily routine?
Self-care is something that I’ve been actively practicing since 2005 and within the last year, I met Catherine Roscoe-Barr, who would be a part of my journey. I spent a weekend with her and 9 other at the Luxury Wellness Retreat at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria (which is one of the most spectacular hotels that I’ve ever stayed in).
“The Life Delicious is a Vancouver-based wellness education group, founded by Catherine Roscoe Barr, that empowers entrepreneurs and high-level professionals to prioritize their health, happiness and productivity, through writing, speaking and coaching services.
With a BSc in neuroscience and 15 years as a wellness professional – certified as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and older adult specialist – Catherine is regularly featured on blogs, TV shows, podcasts and radio programs for her expert opinion on mental, physical and spiritual health.”
Over the weekend we focused on a lot of different concepts, which were broken out into modules. Some of the modules were:
- Definitions and Concepts (for what would be used over the weekend and in my future life)
- Neuroplasticity and Stress Management
- Nutrition for Mind-Body-Spirit
- The Science of Negative Thinking
- Positive Psychology
- Meditation and Sleep
We also had a few bonus modules, movement breaks, mini-workouts, delicious meals s and a closing ceremony. I also had some moments of clarity while there, which I shall share with you:
- I’m going to regain control of my personal power.
- I’m going to feel good about taking time for myself.
- I’m going to marinate in the good….all the time.
- Even a little bit of good is good.
- Starting my day off with movement helps my creativity, mood, and overall health.
- Type 2 fun is still fun (it’s basically fun in retrospect).
- It’s okay to say no to things that I don’t want on my plate.
- I need to change my PM ritual.
When I got back to reality, I made some new additions to my daily routine/life :
- Each day begins with at least 30 minutes of movement.
- I will always marinate in my happiness. When something feels good, I pause and soak in that feeling.
- At 9pm my gratitude alarm goes off and I write down 3 things I’m grateful for.
- I bought a new alarm clock and leave my phone in the kitchen at night (and it feels so good).
- I end each day with a hot bath or shower and curl up in bed with a good book or magazine.
Feel like you want a dose of inspiration to tie you over until you go on this retreat? Check out this fabulous article written by my new friend Itka.
Interested in the Luxury Wellness Retreat? The next Luxury Retreat At Fairmont Empress will take place February 17-19, 2017 and the waitlist is now open. You can also check out other workshops and events on Catherine’s website.
I’m excited about all of the changes I’ve made and plan on continuously working on my self-care habits. What about you?
(Sorry that most of my pictures are of food. I love food. Also, I was living in the moment for most of the weekend and refrained from using my phone/camera).