When it comes to taking care of our wellbeing, most of us have some experience of underlying guilt that comes from all that ‘indulgence’. When we believe self-care is selfish, any resistance we experience to creating the time and space required is completely understandable.

But here at State of Liberty, our team of experts wholeheartedly agree that prioritising your wellbeing is the complete opposite of selfishness.

In Gemma’s work, self-care is all about creating a sense of balance and harmony within our minds and bodies, and externally with the seasons around us. By honouring these natural shifts and changes, we feel fortified and grounded.

Through Clem’s gentle yoga we get to experience the self-care of movement – stretching and moving through poses that create both a physical strength, and trust in our bodies.

Yoga at home

Lizzie’s food is delicious and nutritious. By connecting to our food, mindfully shopping, cooking and eating we make choices based on our unique needs and tastes, nourishing our bodies to feel happy and vital.

I’m interested in helping you cultivate emotional courage – to approach your life, work, creativity and relationships with a sense of home within you, founded on acceptance, trust and self-belief.

We start to see that self-care is, in fact, the key that unlocks the door to our resilience. Most people understand that resilience –  the ability to bounce back from adversity – is a really helpful quality to have!

However, our culture often characterises resilience as a white-knuckle ride of will-power, grit and tenacity. It seems completely incongruous with banana cardamom pancakes (one of the delicious recipes included in the State of Liberty Spring Retreat)!

Gluten free pancakes

In truth, resilience is made up of a number of different skills and abilities: self-awareness, creating meaning from life lessons, self-efficacy, optimism and the ability to build relationships; these are some of the key ingredients in the resilience stew.

Importantly, we don’t need to go through a major traumatic event or life upheaval to begin to develop resilience.

Many studies have found regular ‘micro-doses’ of self-care are one of the most effective ways to build and sustain resilience.

The top 10 practices are:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat regular, well-balanced meals
  • Seek out connection with friends, family and community for support
  • Practise gratitude
  • Release tension in healthy ways e.g. exercise, yoga
  • Set limits, especially when others are too demanding of your time or energy
  • Meditate
  • Connect with nature
  • Find creative ways to express yourself
  • Limit exposure to media                     

We were delighted to find this resonated with the participants on our recent test retreat. Hannah offered ‘I’m really keen to integrate little moments of stillness and mindfulness into my day to help deal with stresses and unpredictability’ and Natasha said ‘it was a wonderful experience to retreat at home and find the time for me rather than everybody else’.

The moments during the day when we pause to take a long, slow deep breath and feel really present, when we’re able to notice how it feels to tenderly rub a beautifully scented oil into our skin, really matter and show the power of mindfulness.

It’s easy to believe we need to spend hours engaged in self-care, or that unless we have a well-established routine, it doesn’t count. But this is nonsense! We need practices that support our lives, not take us out of them, and those little moments all add up.

At State of Liberty, we want to support you as you integrate well-being into your everyday life. Moments of self-care, the ones that cultivate deep and lasting resilience, can be found in the smallest interactions with all that surrounds you.

We’ve created a weekly wellbeing toolkit for you, it includes tips and advice on setting intentions, overcoming resistance, a meditation for reflection plus access to our private Facebook group where we will host weekly discussions with our wellbeing experts.

Love Sas and the SOL team xx

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Lizzie Jones SOL Founder and Holistic Chef
Written by Lizzie Jones SOL Founder and Holistic Chef
Hello, I’m Lizzie, founder of State of Liberty and holistic chef. My personal journey through life has given me a deep connection to a plethora of wellbeing practices. All have had a positive impact on me and are included in our online retreats. I have worked as a nutritionist and holistic chef on wellbeing retreats around the world and lived in India for 7 years working on yoga retreats, which eventually culminated in the opening of my own natural food cafe where I served yogis after their morning practice. This yoga lifestyle allowed me to practise every day and benefit from a wide range of experienced teachers. Home is now Bristol where I’ve been living for the past 8 years. I have another business called Wedding Yurts, and we host celebrations all over the UK in our beautiful handcrafted yurt venue. Life is busy! I support myself by eating well, drinking lots of water, regularly practising yoga, meditating and getting plenty of sleep. ‘Lokah samastash sukhino bhavantu’ ‘May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to happiness and freedom for all’. This beautiful Sanskrit mantra perfectly captures my vision for State of Liberty. We are all unique and we all have our own stories to tell. Understanding your story empowers you to discover true health. You are the only person who can heal yourself because you are the only person holding the knowledge of who you really are. Together with the rest of the SOL team, my intention is to create a inspiring, supportive and safe online wellbeing platform. I believe that with the right tools and support, everyone can improve their health and wellbeing in a natural and holistic manner. When I’m not working, I enjoy travelling and spending time outdoors. My partner and I regularly escape to Hungary where we own a little wine house in the forest. The windows are wonky and it’s really quite wild. Located in the middle of nowhere, it’s incredibly quiet and at night, pitch black. For us, it’s the perfect contrast to city life.