28 Feb Iggy Box: Self Care Challenge with Lili from LSW Mind Cards
At Iggy Box, we really believe that Self Care is fundamental to our wellbeing and we are extremely passionate about allowing ourselves the time to nourish our bodies and minds.
So, as part of this month’s focus around mental wellness, we have teamed up with the wonderful Lili Sinclair-Williams, from LSW London to bring you our very first ‘9 Day ‘Self Care Challenge’.
We will be running it over on our Iggy Box Instagram @iggyboxcandles and Facebook pages. So to know more, come and join us from 2nd March.
Lili is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Coach and founder of the beautiful LSW Mind Cards that can be found in your Iggy Boxes this month. When we were designing the challenge with Lili, we also spent some time getting to know a little bit more about her and why she thinks Self Care is so important…
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Coach. I help people with a whole range of issues including anxiety, fears / phobias, addictions and lack of confidence or self-esteem. I am passionate about working with my clients to help them create the most fulfilling and exciting life for themselves. Prior to my training as a therapist I worked in the film industry and witnessed first-hand how stressful and exhausting the modern workplace can be. As a result, I have a particular interest in helping people find balance and peace in both their work and personal lives.
Why is self care so important?
Self care is so important when finding balance in life. It can mean many different things for different people. For some, it is finding time for yourself to pamper or treat yourself to some me-time. For others, it is more practical such as making lists and finding ways of organising time better. It can be very easy to storm through life trying to get everything done without allowing time to re-charge and de-stress. By building in some regular moments of calm and relaxation we can help to keep stress at bay and learn to live life rather than letting it pass us by.
Why can finding time for our own self care be tricky in practice?
Making time for self care takes persistence and patience. When we keep our to-do lists in our heads it can feel overwhelming so a good start would be to write everything down on paper. That way we can establish what needs urgent attention and what doesn’t. Putting the list in order of importance will help with scheduling time better and therefore setting aside time for some self care. Test out what works best for you, maybe it is establishing a pre-bedtime routine, maybe you benefit best from doing something first thing in the morning. We are all different, so find what works for you. There is no right or wrong in self care, this is time for you to enjoy, so make sure it doesn’t become a chore.
What actions can we take to stay on track with our self care practices?
Most importantly it is about finding what works best for you. A good way to stay on track is to figure out what you enjoy the most or what gives you the most benefits, then block out time in advance in your diary each day. It is also important to remember that this is meant to be a positive endeavour. If you are too busy and miss a few days, that is not a failure – life happens! Maybe set aside some time on a Sunday evening and create a little routine for yourself to indulge in.
What does your self care routine look like?
The first thing I like to do in the morning is make my bed, it always sets me off on the right foot. I find keeping organised really helps me to stay calm and focussed, so I start each day by writing down my to-do list with a cup of hot tea. As I work from home I like to get out each day for a brisk walk, it helps me not only with my fitness, but to come back to my desk with a clear head. On Sundays I find getting my laundry and food shop done really sets me up for the week and then I will treat myself with a manicure or a long hot bath and a face mask to really unwind.
Do you have a book or movie that influenced your view on self care?
Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology, is a fantastic book for learning more about different ways to create more fulfilment and positivity to your life. In particular his chapter regarding savouring. Everything is so easily accessible to us these days that we never truly stop to savour anything. I now try to create a ritual around particular actions I take such as having a cup of tea – focusing on any smells, tastes or feelings that come attached with the action, noticing how I feel with the warm cup in my hands. Being truly present in the moment and acknowledging the satisfaction and pleasure that moment brings me.
What do you do to unwind or treat yourself?
I love going for really long walks with a good audiobook to lose myself in. A hot bubble bath in the evening always sets me up for a good night of sleep or a workout at the gym followed by a session in the sauna. I also love scented candles, so if I am busy I like to light a candle, which helps to ease my mind of tensions whilst I get on with other things.
THE 9 DAY SELF CARE CHALLENGE
In the words of Lili…
‘Self care is something we should all make time for no matter how busy we are. Iggy Box’s 9-day challenge shows how easy it is to make time for yourself and how powerful doing that can be. I’m thrilled to have been asked to be an ambassador for the challenge and I hope it encourages you to assign more time to self care into your routine.’
We are extremely excited for the challenge and hope to see as many of you as possible over on our Instagram and Facebook pages from 2nd March so we can all take a bit of ‘me time’ as a community.
We would also love to see your pictures of you completing your daily challenges, so don’t forget to tag us in your posts and stories @iggyboxcandles and use #iggyselfcare.