Ashton Tuckerman’s Self-Care Routine

Ashton Tuckerman is the CMO and Australia GM of Gathar, a catering platform and concierge service that creates amazing dining experiences for any occasion, from date nights to dinner parties, weddings and work events, across Australia and Los Angeles. 

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What does self care mean to you?

For me, self-care means dedicating time to rest and recharge so you can give your full self to the things that demand your energy. 

It’s also the difference between turning off your phone and recharging it. Simply stopping doesn’t mean you’re restoring your energy. 

How do you know when you’re feeling stressed or burnt out?

Fatigue is a big one. I’m a champion sleeper – I’d win gold in the sleep Olympics – but when my mind is preoccupied and stress starts to creep in, I have a restless sleep and end up feeling the impact of that. I think we all know sleep is a big one for your general wellbeing.

Like most people, my mood also changes when I’m stressed. If I can sense myself being a bit short with people, I know I’m acting out of character and try to prioritise some down time to shake that behaviour as quickly as possible.

Do you have a regular self-care routine? If so, what does it look like?

An ideal week of balance for me would include lunchtime walks when I’m in the office, a boxing class, a hot yoga class, a weekend outing somewhere my husband and I both love, and a bath and at-home facial on Sunday while doing a Calm app meditation. 

A mix of time spent outdoors, movement, and quality time spent together and solo.

What bumps you off your self-care routine and how do you get back on course?

Consistency is always the hardest part, right? It’s easy to beat yourself up if you miss a gym session or didn’t have time to make a healthy lunch, but self-care is also about being kind to yourself. 

Self-care is as much about enjoying a sleep-in as it is about meditating or going for a run. It’s doing the things that fill up your cup, and that looks different for everyone. 

If I feel like I haven’t prioritised self-care for a while, I try to remind myself there are no limits on how many times you can start again.

Where do you go for inspiration, ideas or tools for self-care?

A while ago I curated my social feeds to be more of a source of uplifting and interesting content, after feeling like I was ‘doomscrolling’ without even realising it.

Anyone who works in marketing spends a lot of time online and it’s important to recognise if your online experiences are adding to your stress. Make an effort to follow brands and people who make you feel good when you see their content. A few of my favourites are Yoga with Adriene (@adrienelouise), GrayMind Psychology (@graymindpsychology), and Smart Women Society (@smartwomensociety). 

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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.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.