Amanda Freeman is the founder and CEO of cult favorite workout brand SLT and recovery space, Stretch*d.
What does self-care mean to you?
To me, self-care means taking the time to do good things for myself, whether a necessity or a luxury. I love self-care and can’t get enough when it comes to fitness, wellness and beauty. For years, I’ve prioritised taking the time to workout, but lately, I’m adding in more recovery practices and a ton of beauty self-care.
How do you know when you’re feeling stressed or burnt out?
When I’m feeling stressed or burnt out, I have trouble sleeping. I can’t quiet my mind when I turn off my technology or put down my book or turn off the TV. And I often wake up earlier than I’d like thinking of all the things I have to do or all of the things that could go wrong.
I also find that I am more prone to snapping at those around me, both personally and professionally.
Do you have a regular self-care routine? If so, what does it look like?
Oh, yes, I do. I exercise regularly, get Stretch*d weekly, get pedicures monthly, take baths nightly and the list goes on and on. I have gotten very into taking care of my face and I basically buy every face gadget out there – including Nuface, Joanna Vargas’ Magic Glow Wand, ice globes, and a red light therapy mat. I have a whole morning routine that lasts 10 minutes and a nightly routine that also lasts around 10 minutes.
What bumps you off your self-care routine and how do you get back on course?
Travel is the ultimate killer of my self-care routine. Don’t get me wrong, I love travel and find a lot of wellness inspiration from travel, but it really messes with my routine. I find myself out of my rhythm and with less control over my schedule and my self-care routine is the first thing to go. Sometimes I don’t get back on track until I’m home again. The key to sticking to my routine is to book things (and don’t cancel) and write them down as to dos that have to get crossed off my list every day.
Where do you go for inspiration, ideas or tools for self-care?
I love talking to my most plugged-in friends whether locally or in other cities to discover the latest in self-care. When I travel, I make sure to research the buzzy wellness offerings before going and then prioritise trying exercise classes and treatments and checking out the hot spots. I surround myself with lots of well-conscious people and they have no shortage of recommendations.
What do you think you need to improve in terms of your self-care practice?
Sleep is probably the weak spot in my self-care practice. My sleep is very easily rattled by my thoughts and worries, technology too close to bedtime, or a child getting in my bed. Oh, and meditation is non-existent in my life. I’ve tried several times and it just doesn’t stick for me. Fitness is my meditation.
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Self-Care is a content series exploring the different self-care routines and habits of people from all walks of life. Get in touch with us today if you’d like to talk about your self-care routine.