This has been a year unlike any other which I know we will never forget and hopefully will look back on and feel proud of how you managed you through the health crisis of our generation. While we are approaching the end of the year, we still have several weeks and the holiday season to get through. With all the challenges and changes that we have had to face the best way to rise and reinvent ourselves starts at the source–with ourselves. One key learning I will be taking from this year is the importance of taking time to nurture and nourish ourselves and prioritize our personal health, fitness, and wellbeing.
When work and life become busy, overwhelming, and out of control at times, it is definitely more difficult to remember to take care of ourselves and, prioritize our own needs. But this is the most essential time to be taking care of ourselves! Self-care builds the foundation for strength and resilience, which is what you need to overcome adversity and make it through challenging times. This is critical to remember, now more than ever, for us to remember. Remember self-care is your best health care approach to maintaining a strong immune system, mental health and wellbeing. A familiar analogy, in leadership and in life, is that you “can’t pour from an empty cup” and to be of service and to help others, we need to fill our own cup first. Taken from another perspective, we must keep our personal power and internal “battery” charged for optimum performance. This is the function and necessity for remembering and prioritizing self-care practices. Self-care is super important because YOU are important! You matter, and to be your best in life, work, relationships and your own health and happiness, you must start with you. Many undervalue self-care but the rewards are massive, especially at this crazy time in life and now as we approach the holiday season. We need to find ways to integrate self-care practices into our lives with consistency – that means daily and not just when we feel run down, overwhelmed, or burnt out!
I know taking time for self-care is not always easy. I struggle at times to make MO’re time for self-care, however, every coach will tell me that what you focus on expands. To help you remember to take MO’re self-care MO’ments I have created MO’s 30-Days of Self-Care MO’ments Challenge. In this 30-day challenge, I am sharing my personal recommendations and top tools, techniques, and tips that I use for myself. I have accumulated and developed these practices and routines in my almost four decades of work and learning in the fitness industry and as a licensed physiotherapist and certified fitness professional. They are tried and true and I cannot imagine I would have been able to get through this year alone or have been able to do all the things I do regularly and show up as I do and have done this year without them. I have compiled a list of my MO’st powerful practices and I am sharing them as a reminder to all that as we approach this holiday season we may need to challenge to keep us MO’ving.
Think of this challenge as a holiday advent calendar where each day you open up the window in the calendar and give yourself a gift. All these activities are simple, practical, and take 15 minutes or less to co