Self-Care at Hutchinson Bay – Health Coach Mastermind 2016

I don’t know about you, but I love the topic of self-care.


We are rebranding our “Irresistible Optin” on Self Care for our Inner Circle Members.  I think you’ll all be excited!


Sometimes we are spurred on to self-care more than other times.  I personally am thinking of going to Hutchinson Bay in November for our Health Coach Mastermind…and when there is a trip like that, it is my favorite time to make a plan.  Fortunately, the biggest plan is to make it an experience of a lifetime for all the health coaches who attend.  Anytime that you can focus on others, it gives you the added bonus of enjoyment.


There is already a big reward and motivation built in.  I mean, who wants to go and meet up with all these fabulously healthy people…and look like you have been sitting at your desk building a business for the last 20 years?  We are “virtual” friends.  We have known each other in class, at work, in social media situations and now…finally, we are going to get together in person and create some buzz!


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I am so excited for the event and always just a little nervous.  I present to 100’s of people at least once a week in webinars or conference calls, and you would never know it…I have a fear of speaking.  It isn’t a conscious apprehension.  I get up and talk in front of people every time I’ve been asked.  It is my body…haha…that is what I tell myself.  Do you have trouble speaking in front of a large crowd?  If so – you aren’t alone.  My friend Chel made a series of hypnotic audios.  Chel was at the event last year and was loved by everyone.  This year, she’ll be talking about Mindset for you and your clients.  She’ll also be talking about finding your niche – your purpose.  I am better and just to be sure – I will be prepared…and have an advantage because we are going to be in “self-care heaven” at Hutchinson Bay.


When I saw there was a self-care lecture at IIN, I was all excited.  Self Care to me is what I read in the magazines growing up (in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s) in SELF Magazine and then in More Magazine.  I always connected health, beauty, like in hair, nails, body and style to self-care.  Health was never #1 until I turned 30, then every year it became a little more important to me.  In the last ten year’s I have allowed “self-improvement” to creep into my definition of self-care.  That expanded outer beauty to inner beauty, intelligence and spiritual growth.


When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life. ~Jean Shinoda Bolen


2015-11-05-HCG-Club-Med-01888There is a little misconception about health coaches.  Many people think we are nutritionists.  I believe that we need to expand our definition. While we were taught nutrition principles and dietary theory, we were taught “primary foods”.  Primary foods are a take on Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs.  Physiological needs are essential to health, so is esteem, love and belonging, contribution, self-actualization, and safety.


Someone told me that we really shouldn’t have the spiritual cleanse be “manned by coaches”  because health coaches were not qualified “spiritual guides.”  Well, that is just not true.  We learned holistic principles.  Spirituality and religion are two different things.  Spirituality is as important to health and self-care as nutrition.  Sometimes more important.  It is all connected.  I think it would be nice if Religious leaders learned health coaching.  It all works together.


“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” ~B.K.S. Iyengar


2015-11-05-HCG-Club-Med-02145Self care is what Stephen Covey called “sharpening the saw.”  The things you do in life to move forward in a proactive state rather than a reactive state.  It is the difference between working out to create stronger arms to be able to do things, rather than to work out to get rid of the extra wings that appeared on upper arms from not doing things.  It is much nicer to read a book to enrich your life rather than to reactivate a part of your brain that has gone lazy.


So, while I am working on becoming more “proactive”, this list is what I want to share with you.  It is based upon an expanded definition of self-care, and I hope you enjoy it.  My hope with this list is that we can combine self-care with self-love and enjoy the process and live our life to the fullest and in appreciation of the opportunity.


  1. Give yourself permission to do what makes you passionate.  Your passion is what you are called to do.
  2. When you are sad or forlorn, look to others and how you can build them up.  It will build you up at the same time.
  3. Trust your inner voice to guide you.  It knows more than you think.
  4. Allow peace into your life by letting other people’s anger, rudeness; misbehavior belong to them.  Don’t take their feelings on and don’t respond.
  5. Read a  book – regularly.
  6. Take up or renew a hobby.  Make it something that you enjoy.
  7. Take a course and learn something new – regularly.
  8. Journal – daily.  Introspection creates clarity, ideas and direction.
  9. Exercise daily – break a sweat.
  10. Eat to live – don’t live to eat.
  11. Overcome a fear.  Speak to a crowd (practice first).
  12. Surround yourself with beauty.  Not what someone else finds beautiful, but what you find attractive.  Create a space that makes you smile when you are there.
  13. Address your flaws.  Look at them clearly and appreciate the good that comes from them.  Your flaw may be your greatest strength.
  14. Embrace a mentor.  See who does what you want to do- successfully and learn from them.
  15. Look for the good in people.  You usually find what you are looking for.
  16. Get a coach.  What do you need help in?  Business, health, spiritual?
  17. Set goals- regularly and review them daily.
  18. Leave the past behind you and live in the present.
  19. Meditate or pray – daily.  Remove the clutter in your thoughts.
  20. Show kindness to everyone around you.
  21. Let go of anger, fear, stress and worry.  They do you harm.
  22. Allow time  DAILY for joy and laughter.  Schedule it.
  23. Be grateful daily.  Gratitude replaces almost any negative feelings quickly.
  24. Schedule time for physical self-care – dentist, doctor, health coach, beautician, esthetician, personal trainer, chiropractor…set an annual plan and get it done.
  25. Schedule time for spiritual self-care – alone time, mentoring time – put it on your calendar.
  26. Schedule time for intellectual growth – not just work hours, but hours to learn.
  27. Schedule time for fun – with family and friends.
  28. Schedule time to give to others – not necessarily money, but your time effort and whatever else you have that would make someone else’s life or quality of living improve.


Is there something you want for yourself?  Learn to play the piano, a new language, travel, evenings with no television?  Figure out how to give it to yourself.  Make it one of your goals and determine what action you need to take to make it happen.  As health coaches, we have more tools and resources than most people.  Ask for help, clear your schedule, pencil something in…and make it happen.  You can do it!


What would you add to this list of self-care?  What do you consider frivolous or out of reach that you could aspire?  What would happen if you gave it to yourself? What would you feel and how would your life be better?

What are self-care essentials to you?


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