Ultimate Self Care Daydream

Hi Friends,

Here’s a fun exercise…on cultivating self care.

1. Rate your level of self care out of 10 (How well do you take care of yourself? Do you get enough sleep, activity, healthy food, alone time, chill time etc?)

2. Now time to day dream….design your ultimate self care day. Take the kids, the job, the obligation etc out of it. Design the day from waking to sleeping. What would you be doing? Where would you be? A resort in Bali? At home in bed watching “Orange is the New Black”, having a hot stone massage…in this day dream money and time are not an issue…draw it, write it, make a vision board….enjoy your self care indulgence…

3. Now take a look at your day dream. Is there something you could put into your reality this week? Could you schedule a massage, or a walk on the beach by yourself? Is there one think you could do to enhance your level of self care this week, that wouldn’t be too much of a stretch?

4. In an ideal world, and when we are at our best, we are taking excellent care of ourselves. But in the day to day reality of the pressure cooker of life; this isn’t always easy. Even if you dedicate one hour a week to doing something small, yet nurturing for yourself, you’re going to feel so much better.

5. Challenge- do one thing- one thing only this week to pamper yourself. Schedule it in the diary, do it and enjoy!

Love Claire xx

suggested reading- “The Art of Extreme Self Care” by Cheryl Richardson

 

Holistic Detox- Day 5

Morning Ritual

20 minutes of quiet time, imagining your ideal life (be it sitting or lying with your eyes closed or going for a walk)

Evening Ritual

20 minutes of quiet time, again imagining your ideal life, and then comparing it to the one you have now. You might like to reflect on some surprising thoughts of gratitude or inspiration. Write it down.

Sleep well after a relaxing bath.

Meal Plan

Breakfast

Fruit salad, lemon tea, 500ml water

M/Tea

Green Juice, 500ml water

Lunch

Green salad with shredded chicken and a chopped boiled egg, 500 ml water 

A/Tea

A handful of nuts, 500ml water

Dinner

Cheats Chicken Soup

Recipe

Cheats Chicken Soup

x2 cooked chicken breasts

1 litre of chicken stock

1 cup of mixed Veggies (whatever you have in the fridge)

1. Shred the chicken and divide into bowls (this recipe serves 4)

2. Chop your veggies and boil them in the stock

3. Once the veggies are cooked, ladle the soup over the chicken in the individual bowls and enjoy

Holistic Detox- Day 4

Hi Friends,

Hope all is well and you’re feeling inspired and energised! Not long to go now, but maybe along the way you have found some things that might work for you on a continuing basis; the gratitude journal, drinking more water etc. Remember Miss Stacey’s quote from Anne of Green Gables, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it…with no mistakes in it yet.” Meaning, it’s not a big deal if you slip up. You’ll do better tomorrow.

Morning Ritual

5- 20 mins of meditation

20- 60 minute walk

3 pages of uninterrupted writing (in your journal)

Evening Ritual

Gratitude List (try and come up with 15 things you feel grateful for in your life)

A hot bath or shower before bed

Clean sheets and PJ’s and maybe even a hot water bottle to increase the level of comfort/self care

Meal Plan

Breakfast- Fruit salad, lemon tea, water (500 ml)

M/Tea- Green Juice, water (500 ml)

Lunch- Tomato and Basil Soup, water (500 ml)

A/Tea- Handful of Nuts, herbal tea, 500 ml water

Dinner- Zucchini Frittata & Green Salad

The Recipes

Tomato and Basil Soup (Serves 4)

1 kg of tomatoes (or x2 large tins)

1 red onion

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup fresh basil

1 litre of vegetable stock

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

1. Finely chop the onions and garlic

2. Dice the tomatoes

3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until translusent, add the tomatoes and stir for a few minutes

4. Then add the veggie stock and bring to the boil, add the balsamic vinegar (1 tablespoon) and the chopped basil and stir

5. Blend Soup

Zucchini Frittata (Serves 4)

2 medium sized zucchini

1 onion

6 free range eggs

1. chop the onion and grate the zucchini

2. fry in olive oil until cooked, then remove from the pan

3. stir through the eggs and pour back into the pan to cook

Serve with a green salad

Enjoy Day Four, see you tomorrow, xx