Taking away some valuable lessons in self-care from my first read of 2019.
Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes strike again!
I approached the new year with a list of exciting goals. One of them was getting back to reading. Pre-motherhood, I used to read a total of 50 books per year. For obvious reasons, my routine and schedule have since changed, and so for 2019, I dedicated myself to reading one novel a month.
To kick off the new year, I opted for Fitness Junkie by Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes. A few years ago, I read The Knockoff, written by the same dynamic duo. It was one of my most entertaining reads of that year, so I just knew that I’d be diggin’ their newest write-up.
New year’s resolutions are always about getting fit, getting healthy, and eating better. I decided to pick up The Fitness Junkie for Piazza and Sykes’ satirical tale on the wellness industry.
Our protagonist, Janey Sweet, is CEO of a couture wedding dress company. When her business partner and lifelong friend, Beau, decides to write her-off for packing-on too many pounds, it’s a spiralling whirlwind for Janey. How could her best friend do this? How could he put on an ultimatum to her career – the very brand that she helped make so successful?
From there, Janey throws herself into the modern fitness world: and she’s in for a ride.
From boot camp workouts to overpriced smoothie bars, dumpster diving to eating clay: I am so thrilled that I chose The Fitness Junkie as my first read of the year.
Even through its witty humour, this page-turner allowed me to reflect on a few things. How do I define self-care? How do I approach it? Here are my thoughts:
3 Ways to Approach Self-Care
Figure Out Your Routine
I’m all about routines. I believe that finding consistency for certain daily tasks helps a lot with keeping sane and staying committed. For instance, my daytime and nighttime skin routine is something that I follow day in and day out. It’s a few minutes in my schedule where I can feel pampered and fresh.
Moreover, I make sure to put my phone away before bedtime and read a good book instead. It keeps me on track for my yearly reading challenge and it feels great to disconnect for that portion of my evening. (Psst: you can read more of my tips on how to read more here – in full detail!)
…and cut yourself some slack. Just because you strayed off your diet or skimped out on your weekly facial, doesn’t make you a bad person.
In fact, be aware of all the things you accomplished in the week, rather than focusing on what stressed you out.
Pick Out the Weeds
I think self-care has a lot to do with who surrounds us: our friends, our inner circles… our peers. In Fitness Junkie, Janey learns a lot of valuable lessons on love and friendship.
Is your team always rooting for you? Or, do they make you feel down? What kind of energy do they bring to the table?
Take a step back and think about the people you interact with on the daily. If cutting ties with an unhealthy relationship means less stress for you, then it’s time to let go.
How do you approach self-care? Have you been reading lots for the new year?