First things first.

Having the energy, focus and inclination to contribute 1 is superseded by self care. If my tank’s empty, I won’t have anything available to give to anyone else.

Being compassionate with myself might begin with pausing for a short break, or to focus on my breath.

Once effective way to do this is to engage a really useful technique that I call the Relaxation Response, which is especially handy as a tool for getting back off to sleep on waking in the night/early morning, and also for overcoming pain, regulating our immune, cardiovascular and hormonal systems (if you’re interested to learn more, message me here)

One really useful little tip that you may have heard me mention in the past, shared with me by one of my mentors, is to keep a photo of myself as a young child, in my wallet.

It’s a useful reflection prompt if I’ve been over-working and ignoring my own needs.

Pausing to be compassionate and gentle with myself helps to re-fill my tanks and I then find I can be more giving and caring towards those I come across.

So how about you – is this something you’ve noticed and if it’s a first time hearing this concept, how does it sit for you?

It’s always good to hear from you and in the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing you on this week’s #ALivewithFi!

Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.

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