LIFE + ME’S WELLBEING PSYCHOLOGIST SUZY READING ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS…
Q: What’s your number one self-care tip that I can make part of my everyday life?
A: Is there one thing we can all do, every day to boost our wellbeing? Sounds like a tall order, right? But yes, there is! The one self-care tool I use every day of my life is savouring. It is such a simple skill that even my three year old son has mastered it… in fact children are naturally the masters of savouring – just watch them while they’re immersed in something they find joyful!
Savouring can be defined as thoughts or actions that create, amplify and sustain enjoyment. Basically, it’s the ability to suck the life out of pleasurable experiences, giving it your complete attention and yourself the full permission to relish it. There are three different components to savouring – past, present, future. You can savour the past by reminiscing, you can savour the present by immersing yourself in the pleasure of the moment at hand and you can savour the future by joyfully anticipating and visualising what might lie ahead.
Savouring is a skill that we build with practice and as our competence grows it is as if we see the world through a different lens, always on the lookout for something uplifting, engaging, awe-inspiring or the silver lining so to speak. It takes just a moment to cultivate and is such a potent mood alchemist, I urge you to try it. We all have time for this kind of self-care!
Exercises to develop the skill of savouring:
I hope you enjoy seeking out pleasurable moments to relish, recalling past ones and imagining future experiences. This should be the best homework you’ve ever been given and best of all, it is sure to pay dividends.
Suzy Reading is a Chartered Psychologist, Yoga Teacher, Health Coach and mum of 3. She specialises in self-care, helping people manage their stress, emotions and energetic bank balance. She is a contributing editor for Psychologies Magazine and author of ‘The Self-Care Revolution’. Suzy is Life + Me’s Wellbeing Psychologist. If you have a question for Suzy for our Q+As, or if you have a suggested topic you would like her to cover, email [email protected]
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