A weekly blog series where a special guest dives deep into self care and we discover what it means to them and how it manifests itself in their life.

For this week’s #SelfCareDiaries post I’m interviewing my lovely friend and business bestie Karen Cannon.

Karen is blogs over at 365 Pearls of Wisdom and we went through the power of social media, connected and set up our own collaboration called The Mindful Mantra Collective, where we host retreats and workshops for women.  I’m so excited to have her take part in this series because she’s always putting my head straight with her knowledge and wisdom and she shares some wonderful self care insights below.

What does self care mean to you?

Self care means getting back my power and resilience when life get’s too stressful, it helps to keep me inspired, creative and connected to myself. It’s a way of refuelling and strengthening my mental and emotional health so I can show up as my best self each day.

Do you have any self care rituals/practices that really anchor your day?

I use crystals and essential oils daily for a dose of instant self care and nourishment, I also try to drink as much water/herbal tea as I can because hydration is a massive weak point for me and it can really effect my energy levels as well as my mental and emotional resilience

What does your morning routine look like?

It’s not as refined or as self nourishing as I’d like it to be! I’m normally the first up and I make some coffee, fed my cats and then start getting everyone out of bed!! Hubby and I help our girls to get ready then he takes them downstairs for breakfast so I can get ready in peace! There’s nothing wonderful or amazing about it, I’m the only morning person in the house so it’s all about practicality and function lol!

How do you make time for self care?

It can be tricky, I have two girls at school, pregnant with baby number 3 plus my hubby runs his own business and I work part time and blog so making time daily isn’t always realistic which can lead to my wellbeing breaking down! But recently I’ve planned in time on a weekly and monthly basis – yoga class each week, time with my friends most weeks, monthly I have an evening where I sit down turn all distractions of and do a tarot reading for myself!

Each day there are snippet though – a bit of writing, eating something that feels healthy, laughing with my hubby and hugging my girls!

During a challenging point in your life what key things got you through?

My husband – he is a big part of helping me stay buoyant, he doesn’t always necessarily understand why I feel the way I do when my mental health is in crisis but he supports me to get better and gives me space to do what I need to do to get well, he’s a fabulous dad and gets on with parenting when I can’t manage, he listens and takes care of all the practical stuff too.

For me being able to share how I feel with others is so therapeutic, I can’t pretend I’m OK when I’m not and I’m very lucky to have some understanding, compassionate and supportive people in my life who know and accept that I suffer with my long term mental health and give me that time to express what’s going on for me.

What’s in your self care toolkit? Which items bring you most comfort?

All sorts of things – crystals, oils, books, time with people I love, writing about how I feel, restful sleep and cutting out anything toxic, whether that be food or company – eliminating the stuff that makes me feel bad is something I do constantly to stay on track!

What quote really resonates with you and why?

I have two – “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got!” This one reminds me that change and failure can be insightful and productive, to keep find the courage to explore and try something new!

Also, this one – “Sound yourself with people who will only lift you higher.” I’ve spent a lot of my life accepting and engaging in toxic relationships that left me feeling exhausted, emotional and deflated, in the last few years I’ve stepped away from people who have taken the best of me and be more assertive with boundaries and who I give my time and love to.

What are you currently working on?  Anything that you would like to share?

I’m about to go on maternity leave so I am working hard to prepare my house, my finances, my family and my blog for a new baby!! This includes a workbook that I’m going to launch in the next few weeks about Winter Wellbeing, which will help women to take care of and find the best of themselves over the winter months!

You can connect with Karen on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks so much, Karen I hope you loved this weeks #SelfCareDiaries instalment, you can check out the last edition with Caroline Carter here