Meet gorgeous Georgie Pincus
Georgie is a certified Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher who has been practicing for over 20 years and she is passionate about yoga and its many benefits. Georgie wants to share her experience and bring about greater community spirit and she loves to see the progress her students make over a period of time.
Georgie is also trained in Reiki and she is keen to bring the gift of healing to more people. Georgie considers herself very spiritual, so tapping into people's energy to help with healing gives her huge satisfaction. She has even started Reiki for dogs!
Her goal is to create an online community where like-minded people can read about the struggles of others and not feel alone in their world.
Traditional "post summer holidays" can often focus on fitness and physical health but our life can become very busy again and as we also slowly reach the end of the year, it could be a great time to reset and improve your mental health too.
I’ve gone about my own research and asked women in business, full-time mothers and the ones that fall in between what they have found that works best for them.
What’s the first rule of self-care? Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to incorporate all these tips into your day at once. Start by trying the approach of adding one per week or even one per month. I know only too well that overwhelm can cause burnout and exhaustion. It’s all about baby steps. Maintaining change can be exhausting if it’s not really achievable.
1. START THE DAY THE RIGHT WAY!
I cannot stress enough how important sleep is. We not only recharge our bodies but slow our ever-busy minds down while asleep. Rest in its simplest form is integral for both physical and mental health.
If you live in a house like mine where you have children and a husband, I find getting up before anyone else gives you that “golden” hour where you can plan your day ahead with a coffee in hand and a calmness around you.
We all know what happens when the rest of the household wakes up – chaos ensues and the volume rises and that’s when you feel like an elastic band, being pulled in different ways.
2. INCLUDE SELF AFFIRMATION INTO YOUR MORNING.
I, for one, was not of the school of self-affirmation. It almost feels uncomfortable bigging oneself up. But slowly I’ve realised the importance of self-worth and self-affirmation.
If we wait around for others to tell us how brilliant we are, especially from our loved ones, we will no doubt be waiting around for a while. Why is it then that we need this?
Affirming who we are and how brilliant we are is where we can change the way we think about ourselves. The more you put these affirmations out there in the universe the more they become real.
How many times have you beaten yourself up for things? It’s a default reaction which instills any negative thoughts we have. It lends itself to any feelings of unworthiness or "I’m not enough".
I remember my father telling me when I was a child he used to stand in front of the mirror every morning and tell himself – I am brave, I am handsome, I am kind, I am powerful. At the time I thought it was all a bit of a joke but even back then he knew the importance of self-care and the importance of self-love.
And now when I stand and brush my teeth each morning and practice this self-affirmation I think of him.
To be the person who we truly are inside means that we need to nurture and nourish ourselves. Becoming more mindful of how we talk to ourselves is the key to self-kindness.
3. GET AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA.
We all know that social media, although massively addictive, is something we still love to be a part of. Scrolling for inspiration, nosing into the lives of influencers or indeed using it for business. It can also have a detrimental effect on us, the compulsive need to pick up the phone and check on insta, facebook, Linkedin, snapchat - I could go on - for updates is as bad as a drug habit.
Disconnecting from the constant stream of information that we are becoming increasingly dependent on will help to restore balance in your mind. It will also re-focus your attention to the things that are truly important.
4. SPEND TIME IN NATURE.
You know that feeling when you’ve been outside for a walk and it has been either seriously windy or you’ve been caught in the rain? Your cheeks are flushed and you feel invigorated, albeit a little wet or windswept, but the body feels amazing for being outside in the elements.
By trying to get out at least once a day regardless of the weather will improve mental well-being and will allow you to energise the body. Even if you just go out into the garden, close your eyes and listen to the birds and smell nature.
5. FORGET ABOUT THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS.
We all want to be liked and loved for our many glittering talents, our good nature, and our sparkling personality.
But when we start to rely on what other people think of us, that’s when things go wrong. I was a self-confessed crowd pleaser and had always been someone who needed to be told that I was succeeding or I was worthy. I started tailoring my life to fit the expectations of others, and from there it became a dark hole of co-dependence.
When we give over our power to others and allow their impressions to become who we are, we lose the sense of authenticity. Then our only reality is that we see ourselves how we think others look at us. Being happy with who you are is such a chain-breaker.
Remember, most people aren’t paying much attention. People spend more time thinking about themselves than thinking about others. If they’re expressing an opinion about your life, it’s probably not something they’ve given much thought to rather than it’s just a passing thought.
It’s important to remind yourself that people will project their insecurities on you, so try not to let this affect you. Another person’s opinion is often based on their beliefs and not yours. What’s good for them may be terrible for you, or vice versa.
6. KNOW WHEN TO SAY YES AND MORE IMPORTANTLY SAYING NO.
Knowing when to say “no” takes practice and guts. Learning this skill can help keep you safe and allow you to build and maintain strong and healthy relationships.
You are entitled and allowed to say ‘no’ whenever you like. Something that took me a very long time to learn. And even now I default to saying “yes” when I shouldn’t.
Begin to say “no” to things that will mentally drain you and try not to feel guilty for it. You are not here to please others. Conversely saying Yes can be really positive not only for you but the person you’re saying yes to. Saying ‘yes’ to the things which give you a sense of worth without giving too much is a fabulous way to make you feel great!
Try asking yourself these three questions: Is this “yes” going to take up my valuable time? What makes this “yes” important to me? Does it excite me personally? Or is it an external desire, such as someone will like me? If the “yes” is based on an external desire, what am I giving up in order to make this “yes” happen?
7. FOCUS ON YOURSELF.
Arguably the most crucial self-care step you can take is making time for yourself. With family life, friendships and work all taking a toll on us having time on our own is vital for our well being and mental health. I always say the smallest things in life bring the largest amounts of joy. Eat what you want, drink what you want, watch endless movies, laugh more, have more sex – do whatever makes you feel great!
And don’t, whatever you do, feel guilty about it!
And if all that resonates and you would like to indulge in some gorgeous self-care check out Georgie's 4-day retreat in November: click here for more info