After a short break, my monthly #SelfCareDiaries interview series is back up and running again. I’m delighted to have Rebecca Price from Nourish By Rebecca on the blog today sharing her experiences of self care and how it works in her life.
Rebecca makes the most delicious gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar-free snacks that she sells via her website and markets. I recently had the joy of trying her Fig & Orange Oat & Seed Bars and can safely say that they’re delicious!
What does self care mean to you?
For me, self-care is about being kind to your self and practicing self-compassion (being kind to yourself as you would be to others). It’s about looking after yourself, mind and body, so you are able to look after others.
Do you have any self care rituals/practices that really anchor your day?
I incorporate some kind of movement into each day, whether it be yoga, a long dog walk in the country (I’m quite lucky and live surrounded by beautiful countryside), a HIIT workout or some days just blasting some cheesy tunes and having a dance. Exercise really helps me clear my mind and I feel so much better for it. Another self-care practice for me is cooking something delicious. Yes, cooking is my job but for me, self-care is about nourishing yourself so I love making delicious, nourishing food.
What does your morning routine look like?
My morning routine varies on what’s planned for that particular day however, I’m always up early, around 6.30am and will have a workout if time allows, if not I’ll work out later in the day. I shower then have some fresh ginger root with warm water before I eat or drink anything, I find this a really gentle way to wake up my digestion system. I’ll enjoy breakfast and only after I have finished will I switch on my laptop. I used to eat my breakfast in front of my laptop catching up on emails and doing some work and wasn’t eating mindfully, I’d reach the end of my porridge and couldn’t recall eating it! Now, I pay attention to the taste, texture, smell when I’m eating, I try and eat all meals like this, it’s not always possible but I do try.
How do you make time for self care?
Since I realised how much better I feel working out, I schedule it into my day like I would an appointment. If I don’t have time to work out, I will make time to read or give myself a 15-30 minutes break of no social media, emails, phone…basically no technology! I’ve recently started face rolling and it is a lovely way just to have some quiet time.
During a challenging point in your life what key things got you through?
To get through challenging points in my life it has been key to remember that I need to look after myself first so I could care for others. It is ok to ask for help and it is completely ok to put your own needs first. It is not selfish to practice self-care and I often think as a society we forget to put our own needs first.
What’s in your self care toolkit? Which items bring you the most comfort?
I have a number of things in my self-care toolkit that I turn to. Books are one, I am an avid reader and love all kinds of books, 15 minutes of a good book is like a long nap to me, I feel re-charged after a bit of reading. Food is also featured in my self-care toolkit as it can provide so much nourishment for my mind and body. And it doesn’t have to be all green smoothies and kale salads, which are great and of course, nourishing but sometimes you just want some chocolate or cake and that is ok too.
Which quote really resonates with you and why?
‘Comparison is the thief of joy’ -Theodore Roosevelt
This quote resonates so much with me especially in a world where we are bombarded with images on social media of everyone living their ‘best life’ and seem to have it all together.
When I first joined social media I used to beat myself up because everyone seemed to be living the greatest lives but as I used social media more, I realised it is just the highlight reel of someone’s life and often a very filtered and photoshopped one at that!
Comparing myself to others was literally taking the joy away from what I was creating. There’s no point in comparing; live your own life to the fullest. Be happy for others and cheer them on but remember to be happy for yourself and be your own cheerleader too.
What are you currently working on? Anything that you would like to share?
I have recently launched cooking classes across the Scottish Borders, which I am excited about. The classes can either be one-to-one or for up to 6 people and held in your own home. We cook delicious, nourishing dishes whilst learning about the therapeutic and health benefits the foods we are cooking with.
Additionally, my online shop sells a range of gluten-free and dairy-free products that I also sell at Farmers’ Markets and I regularly post nourishing recipes on my website.
Also, if you’re struggling to fit self care into your daily routine check out my recent blog post with 10 Ideas To Practice Self Care In Under 10 Minutes – do let me know if you try any of them as I would love to hear what you think and how they made you feel.