Megan Barnett is the Marketing Manager at Perkbox, a global benefits and rewards platform that helps companies care for, connect with and celebrate their employees.
What does self-care mean to you?
Self-care to me means putting my needs first and understanding that by doing so, I am allowing myself to show up as a better, more present version of myself.
How do you know when you’re feeling stressed or burnt out?
I recognise feelings of stress and burnout in my body first – for example, general fatigue, aches, trouble sleeping, and brain fog are all up there as indicators, as well as a lack of motivation to do things that usually fill my cup.
Do you have a regular self-care routine? If so, what does it look like?
I wouldn’t say regular, but I do try to ensure I make some time each day to do something for myself. Obviously life can get in the way, so this can look different each day and is dependent on what I need at that moment, but even if it is just enjoying a tea in silence at the start or end of the day, that is good enough!
However, I think in general self-care to me involves daily movement (preferably outside), some kind of mindfulness practice and sticking to a predominately healthy diet (one that includes some chocolate and a cheeky wine with friends ;))
I also love just lighting a candle at the end of the day to signify it is time to switch off mentally.
What bumps you off your self-care routine and how do you get back on course?
I think I can struggle (like so many other people) with saying ‘no’ and as a result I can overextend myself. Over time this can lead to feelings of stress and ultimately means that I am no longer showing up in the capacity that I want to, at work or in my personal life.
I am slowly learning that setting boundaries can be incredibly empowering and when you act with self-compassion, you are actually opening yourself up to more opportunity and growth. A deep breath and clearing exhale does wonders too!
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Self-Care is our new interview 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.