What Kim and Annie have achieved with their app is incredibly inspiring. The app has a community of over 50,000 women and voted the best women’s app by the Guardian. Kim shares so much about mindfulness and real self care on her Instagram feed I was excited to hear how self care plays a part in her life in supporting her wellbeing.
What does self care mean to you?
For me, it’s all about a feeling of being in a flow like state. The things that help me achieve that are super simple, but the key is that I need to be doing these every day. These things bring me joy. Walking, napping, sitting down to breakfast or dinner with my family, reading, having a really nice coffee and having a little treat to eat too. Oh and I loooove to stretch.
Do you have any self care rituals/practices that really anchor your day?
Yes – I’m all about this. I call it ‘book ending’ my days. I always sit and have breakfast with my family. It’s been getting a little chaotic lately which has been affecting the rest of my day. But mostly it’s amazing and I feel like I can take on the day. I also always have a really nice coffee – either home made or bought. I only ever have one a day and I have it in the morning.
What does your morning routine look like?
We all get up (the boys and my hubby) at the same time. I take care of our littlest, Kingsley and Si looks after Louis. I’ll get up and give him some milk and meet the boys downstairs when they are showered and dressed for school. We sit and have breakfast at the table together. This is the part I love. We always have music playing – usually classical in the morning. We often do homework again with our eldest. Then they head off to school and it’s just Kingsley and I. He has a very early morning nap so depending on how I have slept the night before – I might take a nap too ( for 16m from Clementine). Then I’ll have a super quick shower, get dressed and have a lovely home-made coffee before he wakes up. Then I’m set for the day.
How do you make time for self care?
I almost don’t see it as a seperate activity. I don’t call it self care. It’s just stuff I do during the day to keep me on an even keel. So walking, for example, is a big one. I try not to drive anywhere where we live so that I’m moving all the time. I nap when Kingsley naps. Sometimes twice a day. Last week I had three (that was a record). I just make the time. It’s so important to me and I really believe that everyone in my house is happier when I’m happier.
During a challenging point in your life what key things got you through?
I know I keep going on about napping but for me, it’s so important – otherwise, I just can’t cope with the simples things. And also hypnotherapy has done wonders for my wellbeing. I just find it so relaxing and I love the simplicity of the messages. It keeps me calm and helps boost my confidence.
What’s in your self care toolkit? Which items bring you most comfort?
I use Clementine everyday. I don’t know what I would do without it.
My sleep mask.
My sleep headphones.
Our Italian coffee maker
My sneakers for walking
Neom de’stress’ bath oil
A good book.
A journal for writing.
What quote really resonates with you and why?
Annie reminded me of this one recently – it’s one of the mantra’s in Clementine app ‘trust the timing of your life’. And it’s just so true. I sometimes struggle with being patient. This really helps. And also reminds me that things fall into place when they are meant to.
What are you currently working on? Anything that you would like to share?
Oh gosh, we have some really big plans for the year. I think most people know that we are actively pitching for investment so that we can scale Clementine. We also are developing new content and new features. The next feature will be a new instant reset button for women who have panic attacks. I had a few recently and really needed a quick session to help get me back on track – that will be available in Feb. Plus Annie and I are super keen to focus on creating al ot of new content around how we can be kinder to our bodies – this is a subject close to our hearts.
Thanks so much, Kim I hope you loved this months #SelfCareDiaries installment, you can check out the last edition with Zoe Blaskey from the Motherkind podcast here.