It’s my sincere pleasure to share this interview with the lovely Erin Cox. Erin is a dear friend, a trusted mentor and an amazing inspiration to all of us trying to find a path to walk towards our dreams, with our kiddos in tow.
Erin is a best-selling published author with Hay House, has a hugely successful coaching practice and has 3 little
ones all vying for her attention. Somehow, she manages to walk her talk gracefully, authentically and as a true example of having it all on your own terms. Enjoy!
Q – What does Self-Care mean to you?
Self care means taking care of my soul, mind, and body. It means treating my body like a shrine by eating lots of organic fruits and vegetables, and also getting the right balance of sweaty tough workouts and mindful, soulful exercise like hiking and yoga. I need to get plenty of sleep and down time to protect my health and maintain my energy to be an awesome mom for my three young children.
I also keep boundaries around work and activities so I can keep a schedule that is sane and peaceful. When all of these basic self-care needs are met, then I can dive into taking care of my mind and spirit with my morning meditation and prayer practice, and taking my nightly bath with a book, dark chocolate, and glass of wine. I indulge in deep tissue massages as often as I can! I even consider catching up with family and friends and a fun girl’s night out with dancing as a form of self-care. I have to practice self-care in every aspect of my life to achieve ultimate happiness and life satisfaction!
Q – Was there a time when you did not take care of YOU and how did it affect your life & business?
My self-care practice has ebbed and flowed over my adult years, but since becoming a mom and writing my book, I’ve had to build it into my life out of necessity (to maintain my creativity and pace of my life). I also felt compelled to “practice what I preach,” since I know how important self-care really is for happiness and success. It’s one of the biggest topics in my book! When my book first launched, I was so focused on succeeding that I started staying up late, skipping exercise, and working every minute that I could between nursing my young baby, caring for three kids, and managing my household. I completely unplugged over Christmas that year with a trip to my brother’s in North Dakota and did nothing but sleep, eat, and enjoy my family.
When I returned home and felt like I had to go back to that frenzied pace, I broke down crying in misery, and realized that something had to change. All I had to do was realign my life and create space for all those things that invigorate me and feed my spirit. I also had to accept that the pace of my success what divinely guided, and I recommitted to living my life with balance and peace.
Q – What are your top 3 Self-Care tips that women can incorporate into their lives?
Tip 1 – Build self-care into your daily routine so it’s simply how you live your life. Say no to too many activities or projects that don’t feed your soul. Create space for unscheduled time at home at work to fuel creativity. That way, if you are feeling run down, you can take a rest. If you feel the need for more time with your kids, you can be present with them. If you are craving a few moments on the couch with a cup of tea and a magazine, you can do it. You have the power to control how you live your life.
Tip 2 – Get enough sleep. I am going through a stressful divorce right now and I’ve noticed that when I am sleep deprived, I could cry at anything and I feel more overwhelmed. After re-committing to getting 8-hours of sleep each night, I have been transformed. I feel strong, centered, and so much more able to handle the demands on my life right now. Sleep also helps our memory, creativity, and ability to maintain a healthy weight!
Tip 3 – Meditate Daily. My daily meditation and prayer time happens with a big cup of coffee before my kids wake up, and is the single thing that has shifted my life more than any other. When I get it in, I feel peaceful, aligned, and purposeful. When I don’t, I feel more susceptible to the energy of everyone around me.
Q – What’s something (fun, silly, surprising) that we can learn about you?
I am a South Dakota girl and I love ice fishing! One of my favorite memories involves waking up early and sitting in a little shack with my dad on a frozen lake, frying up eggs on a little burner and intently watching my bobber through a little hole drilled in the ice. I don’t think we ever caught fish but I just loved the focused time with my dad!
YOUR TURN: Now, Erin & I want to know … What does Self-Care mean to you?
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definition of daily Self-Care.