Happiness & self care advice you need to know!

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For many of us the art of self care seems to have been lost. We have forgotten how to put ourselves first in a way that feels nourishing for our bodies, minds and spirits. To create a balanced life that feels good from the inside out. Here five self care lessons I wish I’d known years ago.

You deserve self care everyday

Sometimes we think we need to ‘earn’ time out as a reward for working so hard. We don’t think about slowing down or relaxing until we are overwhelmed with stress. What about if we switched this thinking around? What about if you looked after yourself before you drove yourself into the ground? If you could work hard without burning out, you would see your productivity increase and resentment, fatigue and stress decrease.  So let’s try reframing our thinking.

Looking after yourself doesn’t have to be expensive

You don’t need to get weekly massages and manicures to look after yourself. Although these are both lovely sometimes! You could spend an hour in a cafe just writing, herbal tea by your side. You could take your dog for a long walk and midway through, just lie down on the grass and cloud-gaze with your fur baby. You can read an old favourite book, or call up an old girlfriend for some nostalgic chats.

Looking after yourself isn’t selfish

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. When you put yourself first you are essentially making it easier for yourself to look after other people too. You can’t love someone or care for them properly if you’re feeling exhausted, drained and resentful. Look after yourself and see your compassion for others rise to a new level.

Self care will look different to everyone

It might be a long lunch with your girlfriends, or a night at home on the couch with a good book. Don’t judge yourself for what you want; just give it to yourself with kindness.

Self care is a non-negotiable

Seriously, it’s more important than you realise. You are worthy of self care, and once you see this, your world can change.

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Cassie Mendoza-Jones is a kinesiologist, naturopath and writer for women who feel stuck, unworthy and disconnected to themselves. In working with her, women move into what she calls “heartfelt harmony” – a state of balance, ease and vitality. Through her Heartfelt Harmony Society courses + guides, eBooks and free resources, she’s here to help you shake up your approach to self-care, self-worth and self-acceptance on every level, while making it all feel like nourishing yourself without feeling guilty for it is the simplest thing in the world. (Truth: it can be.) Her upcoming book with Hay House is due for release in early 2016, and her lessons and insights have been featured in publications such as Body + Soul, and on popular websites such as Sporteluxe, news.com.au, Vogue.com.au, and smh.com.au. She’s spoken at events and workshops around Australia for a variety of companies, including LinkedIn. When she’s not working with clients, or creating new books, online courses and programs, she’s getting lost in a good novel, hanging out in a cafe or suiting up for a yoga class. Meet Cassie + get ready to find the most balanced, centred version of yourself at www.elevatevitality.com.au and www.heartfeltharmony.com.