Jenny Guyat, vet, coach, speaker and founder of Vet Harmony shares her methods and tips for practising self-care.
What does self-care mean to you?
Understanding that in order to be the best possible version of myself I can be, to contribute the most and remain well and to feel happy, I have to look after myself first. That means caring for my body and listening to what it needs, recognising my emotional state and having tools in my mindset toolkit I can use in order to care for my mental health and wellbeing.
How do you practice self-care?
Two big lessons I have learned and taught myself gradually:
1) having self-compassion for my strengths, weaknesses and needs and understanding that these will always ebb and flow.
2) How to be courageous enough to set assertive and loving boundaries with the people around me (family, friends and colleagues) that protect my self-care needs. i.e. learning how and when to say no and to feel ok about this!
What are your tell-tale signs that you need to take care of yourself?
Anxiety, trouble getting back to sleep if I wake in the night, signals from my GI tract that it’s not happy, perma-tiredness, dropping motivation, loss of creativity or spark or joy for my work, retreating from contact with people due to lack of energy. I don’t wait until all these things are happening together though!! One or two signs is enough to make me start to take action.
What do you do when you need a pick me up?
Sleeeeeep – go to bed earlier even though I find that hard. Relax/hypnotherapy audios – Glenn Harrold on Spotify or Paul McKenna work for me. Diet – less wheat/dairy/sugar and grudgingly cutting back on booze/caffeine, long chat with one of my best friends, relaxing soak in the bath. Body movement of any kind.
What are your wellbeing words of wisdom?
Learning to care for yourself and how to light yourself up from the inside out is THE most compassionate thing you can do and essential if you want to practice compassion towards others. It’s a powerful way to inspire your children to care for themselves too if you are a parent.
What’s your favourite inspirational quote?
"For everyone, wellbeing is a journey… The secret is committing to that journey and taking those first steps with hope and belief in yourself." - Deepak Chopra.
I am Jenny Guyat; vet, coach, speaker and founder of Vet Harmony. I help members of the veterinary profession who are feeling lost, needing direction, overwhelmed, demotivated or lacking in confidence to rediscover themselves, find balance and harmony between their vet and home life and clarity on their personal journey. On the lifelong journey to wellbeing, I am both a map maker for others and still a traveller myself, luckily surrounded now by inspiring fellow travellers!
To find out more about Jenny please visit: www.vetharmony.co.uk