I’m not going to pretend that I’m this perfect individual that doesn’t allow any ‘poison’ into her body, has negative thoughts or gets stressed. I’m just a normal human being who has the same struggles as anyone else.

I do however have a self-care regime, which I try to follow. My aim is to do the following things every day,  but I admit that weekends can sometimes mess with my compliance.

I don’t drink caffeine

Well, I rarely do anyway. I find that coffee (even decaf which is full of stimulants) gets me a bit wired. So I usually stick to naturally decaffeinated teas such as redbush and peppermint tea. I’m also a bit of a turmeric latte fan.

I drink at least 2 litres of filtered water per day

This is one I do follow religiously. It’s so important to stay well hydrated. Cups of herbal tea can be included in the 2 litres too.

I eat nutritious fresh food and take regular supplements

I definitely eat well Monday to Friday. However I’ve been known to have a pie or a burger at the football on a Saturday. Then out for a curry on a Saturday night. But the majority of the time I follow this rule.

At this time of year I take vitamin D, as we don’t get enough during the UK winters. I also take aloe vera juice, omega oils and an adrenal supplement, which is rich in B vitamins amongst other things.

NB If you are considering taking supplements then I would advise discussing what your personal needs are with a Nutritional Therapist.

I try to limit my alcohol intake

As a rule I have no alcohol Sunday to Thursday. I can’t have a hangover whilst seeing clients. But I am guilty of having a few drinks (and sometimes more) on a Friday and Saturday night. Anyway you can’t have your pie at the Football without having a pint. Can you?

I go to a Restorative Yoga and a Qi Gong class every week

I love my weekly Yoga and Qi Gong classes. There has to be a good excuse for me to duck out of going to these. They keep me relaxed, grounded and they both help the flow of Qi in my body. So it’s a no brainer.

I currently practice meditation/self Reiki treatments and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping) DAILY

Yes I do this religiously Monday to Friday but sometimes I forget at the weekend because of changes to my routine. I do usually manage to sneak a quick mediation in most weekends.

I practice good sleep hygiene and try to get to sleep between 10 pm and 10.30 pm

I try to switch off my mobile and television by 9 pm. I then go to bed with a book or take a bath with Epsom salts to help me relax. I don’t keep any electrical goods in my bedroom such as my phone or a television. And I sleep in a cool, dark room.

Yes, again I’m good at this Sunday to Thursday. I do notice that if I’m out Friday and Saturday and have a late night, that it can put me out of sync a bit.

I have a group of therapists on speed dial

As part of my self-care I see a shiatsu practitioner, homeopath, naturopath and nutritionist, as and when I need to.

I use natural, chemical free products

What you put on your skin goes straight into your body. So I don’t use products that contain chemicals, plastics or petrol. They mess up your hormones amongst other things.

Do I think that I should be treating my body as a temple and lead by example?

Of course I do! It would be great if it was that easy. But I am human and I have come a LONG way since my 20’s and early 30’s when I was a Nurse. In those days I drank most nights to cope with stress. I rarely cooked from scratch or at all, as I was too exhausted when I got home from work. I didn’t drink water, just way too much coffee.

I think I have done a brilliant job to get to where I am now and I can totally empathize with my So Shiatsu clients when they struggle with lifestyle issues. Anyway I enjoy my life and I think that is what is important.

What advice would I give to my clients?

My advice is baby steps. Try adding even one of these self-care tips into your life. And don’t worry if you forget or can’t do it every day. You are only human after all.

The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self – Dalai Lama