Jake Paterson is an ex pro surfer and co-founder of We Are Feel Good Inc, an Australian made sunscreen brand created by doctors and surfers.
What does self-care mean to you?
It’s mostly about mental self care for myself. If my body and mind are feeling good and I’m doing the right things to look after both, I feel I’m in a good place.
How do you know when you’re feeling stressed or burnt out?
Hard question to answer, as everyone has different triggers to know when things are getting stressful and burnt out. For myself I always try to spend a good amount of time doing things for me, whether that be surfing, golfing or even watching sport, everyone needs time to switch off from work and responsibilities.
Do you have a regular self-care routine? If so, what does it look like?
Taking Wednesday afternoon off work to play golf works well for my working week and stress levels. Trying to surf as much as I can on the weekends and afternoons in summer helps me feel fit and healthy.
What bumps you off your self-care routine and how do you get back on course?
Winter usually knocks my routine as the days are shorter, so not much time to surf and sometimes too wet to golf.
Where do you go for inspiration, ideas or tools for self-care?
I love watching sport and meeting people/chatting to other business owners who have worked really hard to achieve their goals. It’s inspiring to see hard work pay off.
What do you think you need to improve in terms of your self-care practice?
It’s about maintaining a healthy work-life balance and keeping active despite changes to your normal routine. I always try to do some extra training if I’m not surfing as much.