Self care is such an important part of my daily practice. Over the years I have learnt from different teachers and mentors and through personal experiences, I have created a self care routine that serves me and allows me to get the most out of my day; physically, mentally and spiritually. Here are some of the components that come together to make the perfect daily routine.
Working out is such a huge part of my routine, when I step onto my mat, it signifies a time for me to connect to my body and tune into what is going on and choose the movement that is going to give me positivity, energy and set me up for the day ahead. Something I have practiced for many years now, is how to listen to my body. Every ‘body’ is different and every day is different. Moving your body everyday is so much more than a workout, it is a place of connection.
Breathing is another important part of my self care routine. When I’m on my mat, I really focus on the breath as it brings me into the present moment. I then practice this when I leave my mat and start my day. I am mindful to check in with my mind and body by taking three deep breaths at least three times during the day. We live such busy lives that sometimes the day can pass by and we haven’t taken a moment to stop and feel what is going on around and within us.
Nourishing your body from the inside is such a big part of my self-care routine. Food is fuel and it really does give me physical energy but also mental clarity so I can perform my best. For me, eating is meditative. It’s an essential part of my life that serves my body and mind and brings so much joy in my day to day life. Food helps me feel happy, nourished and fulfilled.
Scheduling in time to disconnect is something I prioritize every week whether that be having a hot bath, reading a book, swimming in the ocean, listening to music and dancing, taking a gentle stretch, or cooking in the kitchen with my husband. These are practices that restore my energy and connection to self. I always encourage our members on the platform to schedule in this downtime at least once a week as it allows your mind to unwind.
Self care is an essential part of the working week. It’s not always easy to prioritize some of these practices but once you establish a routine and experience the benefits, you begin to notice what serves you and what your body needs. Now’s the time to take those three deep, beautiful breaths and schedule in your daily self care practices.
Jacqui Kingswell is a certified Pilates instructor and meditation coach. She is the Co-Founder of the online fitness and wellness platform,The Pilates Class.
Jacqui created the platform to transform the traditional approach to online fitness programs. Her emphasis on creating an online space and community where everyone, from stay-at-home moms to business professionals, feel like they have the support and flexibility to incorporate health and fitness into their lifestyle, has created a tight-knit community of TPC members and followers.