What are you doing for YOU today? This is where you start making sure you’re included on your own ‘to do’ list. To sustain your optimal level of wellbeing, you need to take responsibility for scheduling in self-care, and treat it as the most important job in the world. This does not mean booking a holiday or shopping trip, but rather a deep level of care. It is about honouring yourself and not succumbing to anxiety or guilt about looking after yourself.

Making pleasure a priority is critical for extreme self-care. Real pleasure is achieved by developing habits that make you feel happy and nurtured. These could include listening to the music you love on your commute to work, drinking your favourite tea each morning, buying flowers for your work desk, going out for dinner once a fortnight with friends, seeing a movie every month, taking a break from work in the middle of the day to get out into nature, booking a regular pedicure, visiting art galleries, organising regular walks with friends or curling up with a book on Sunday afternoons.

Your success toolkit – [link to blog 27 – success toolkit] is your immediate go-to when you are feeling a bit out of control, stressed and stuck. It is your personal back-up for when life throws a curve ball or you’re just worn out, and will help put you back in the driver’s seat again.

(Extract taken from The Life Plan, by Shannah Kennedy. Head over to bookdepository.com to order your copy or get in touch with Shannah here to find out about executive coaching options.)