Ilana Mendels, vet and owner of VetPrac, shares her methods and tips for practising self-care.
What does self-care mean to you?
The independence of adulthood requires us to be responsible for ourselves. No one else owes it to us any further to make sure we take care of ourselves after our parents have finished doing their job. I don’t think it's much more complicated than that. And it's also quite complicated, if our parents didn’t succeed in doing their job, teaching us to how look after ourselves.
How do you practice self-care?
The easiest ways to practice self-care are to eat meals at regular intervals, drink enough water to stay hydrated, sleep a healthy amount, and keep your body and mind healthy with exercise and emotional stimulation. This may include mindfulness, physical activity and or meditation and prayer. I keep a diary of achievements to remind myself of daily successes. People think it’s a complicated thing, that takes us from our daily life, when its actually the scaffolding that defines us.
What are your tell-tale signs that you need to take care of yourself?
When I’m angry. When I can’t sleep. When I am looking for a hug from someone but can’t get one. I fumble and find it difficult to do things. When I’m in pain somewhere.
What do you do when you need a pick me up?
I hug my daughter, call a friend, get out into nature, cook, read my diary of achievements, meditate, watch comedy or try to do something ridiculous like juggle.
What are your wellbeing words of wisdom?
Be kind to yourself
Never say anything about yourself that you wouldn’t want others to say about you
Be patient – patience is the virtue that allows things to unfold gracefully
Be curious and laugh at the absurdity of life…
Little things matter, savour them
Eat, Drink, sleep – every day
What’s your favourite inspirational quote?
“Patience is the virtue that allows things to unfold gracefully”
Ilana Mendels is a veterinarian who owns VetPrac, an established education business in Australia that services the practical skills growth of the veterinary profession. She grew up in Sydney and now lives in Brisbane with her fiancée and daughter. To find out more about VetPrac visit: https://www.vetprac.com.au/