There are many approaches to practising self-care to improve your well-being, but the most important goal to remember is to discover a strategy that works best for you and implement this into your routine.  Years ago I found myself saying “I don’t have time for self-care” and I was focused only on goals and achievements as I juggled other life commitments.

I made the conscious decision to prioritize my well-being and find self-care strategies that fit into my routine but also satisfied my mind, body and soul. I got to know myself better and what I needed to thrive. Today I find myself prioritizing at-home exercises four times a week and making time outdoors, essential to my daily life. In the warmer months, you will find me outdoors gardening, chicken-keeping or just simply tinkering and in the colder months I enjoy playing in the snow like a kid, racing downhill on a GT or just being mindful of the beauty that winter brings.

And yet, the most helpful approach to self-care and fueling my soul has been to “unplug” from technology and spend undivided time with my family and my pet each evening. It has really made a big difference in my well-being.

Vanessa Wilkins

Vanessa Wilkins

Registered Psychotherapist