This week’s #SelfCareDiaries interview comes from the Kirsten Wilson, founder of Hello Day.
Since an aspect of self care can involve spending some time getting organised and finding clarity in your daily routines I thought Kirsten would be perfect to share her self care journey and wisdom. Plus, she’s pretty lovely too!
What does self care mean to you?
For me it means taking care of myself physically, mentally and emotionally. It means regular exercise and eating healthily – both things which make a big different to how I feel about myself. I never obsess about the food I eat or go on diets as I know from past experience that they don’t work for me, I just try to live a balanced lifestyle and not worry about eating some guilty pleasures when I really feel like it because I know what I eat generally is fine. I try to run regularly, do yoga several times a week and buy mostly organic. I try to block out negativity and listen to inspirational/motivational audiobooks and podcasts which I really enjoy. It is also important for me to spend lots of quality time with my husband and furbabies. Lastly I know that emotionally, I need to spend quality time with friends when possible and speak to my family regularly.
Do you have any self care rituals/practices that really anchor your day?
I have several. I always make sure I spend some ‘me’ time – whether in prayer, reflecting, visualising or saying my affirmations. As well as that, running or yoga for exercise, and then using my planner to structure my day. Those are my main rituals/practices. I don’t run every day, but it’s the time when I best reflect and think of new ideas. My planner is what helps me to stay focussed every day – planning my week and my days out to make sure I stay on track with what I am aiming to achieve.
What does your morning routine look like?
I get up early and have some time in quiet prayer and affirmations. I then do some exercise, either go for a run with my husband or do yoga. (Depending on the week I take a day or two off.) I have warm lemon water during my after exercise stretch and then we’ll have breakfast together with our dog (outside if it’s sunny). After showering I’ll sit down with my planner and review my day ahead. I also take some time for reflection before getting started with my work day..
How do you make time for self care?
I make sure that I schedule it in ahead of time and I try to stick to my routine. Being self-employed helps as I don’t have to commute to work. I can go for a run at lunch time or in the evening if the weather is bad in the morning. We have also converted our loft into a a workspace which means I can have some quality ‘me’ time before starting the day without the worry of being interrupted. I can also listen to podcasts and audiobooks when I am packing or doing crafty tasks as there is no-one there to complain 🙂
During a challenging point in your life what key things got you through?
I’d say my husband has been my rock throughout the challenging times in my life. We work together to get through challenges and just having complete confidence in the love and support at home makes the world of difference when going through difficult times. Also, for me my faith is always there to help me through difficult times. Mentally, I also know the importance of staying positive and blocking out negative thoughts, even though I know for experience that it is much easier said than done. At the end of the day no-one can ultimately get you through the hardest of times but yourself and having a positive mindset is a key to that. Listening to or reading positive books have really helped me.
What’s in your self care toolkit? Which items bring you most comfort?
It really depends on the season or circumstance, but some things that can help to turn around a challenging day would be: my planner, my running shoes, my phone for content, a hot water bottle and cosy fire, sitting in the sun with a gin and tonic, preparing and eating a lovely meal… and of course hugs and snuggles from my husband and fur babies.
What quote really resonates with you and why?
What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly? – Erin Hanson. This really resonates with me because we all fear taking a leap into the unknown and we all have to fight against the voice in our heads that tells us it’s better to stay put than to take a chance. But what is life if not for living and embarking on challenges and new experiences. There’re lots of moments in my life, from leaving the States in 2006, moving to Spain on my own, moving to Japan with my husband, to starting Hello Day, where the easier option was to do nothing, but taking the leap has lead to wonderful results and experiences
What are you currently working on? Anything that you would like to share?
Currently I’m working on some new products to go with the 2019 planners, as well as some new stationery products. We’ve also just released our first ever mid-year/school year planners which start in August and run to July – so it’s an exciting time.
Thanks so much, Kirsten! I hope you loved this weeks #SelfCareDiaries instalment, you can check out the last edition with Franky Shanahan here.