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Lifestyle website of Professional Model and Nutritionist, Brooke Slade. 

Busy Life? Self-Care On the Go

Self Care with Brooke

Self-care, to me, is the single most important practice in life. You have to show up for yourself, first, before you are able to show up for anything or anyone else. Here, I explore self-care methods, practices and share ways to incorporate more self-care to everyday life.

Busy Life? Self-Care On the Go

Brooke Slade

Taking time for myself between work and travel.

Taking time for myself between work and travel.

I'm sure you've heard, on more than one occasion, that modeling is a lot less glamorous than it seems. Sure, the "Lights, camera, action!" portion can be very glam, but thats just a small part of what we do.

The majority of any model's career are all of the things we do to be prepared for and make it to the lights-camera-action days. As a model, any given day's schedule can look something like: gym, audition, facial, casting, fitting, 4-hour shoot, meeting, airport.

Operating day after day with a jam-packed schedule leaves little room for rest and personal time. Needless to say, it can be difficult to regularly practice self-care rituals. It's because of this that I began to fuse my self-care rituals into my days. Although I am not getting the 1-2 hours of uninterrupted "woo-sah time" I'd prefer, I am still able to get the centering, calming self-lovin' I need to make it through any stressful or high-activity day. 

I think its fair to say that we all, regardless of job type or lifestyle, could use a little more self-care throughout our days. Here are a few ways I stay "self-cared up" on-the-go.

Everything that I use fits, very conveniently, into a small pouch. This way, I can just toss my pouch into whichever bag I'm carrying and I'm on my way.

Everything that I use fits, very conveniently, into a small pouch. This way, I can just toss my pouch into whichever bag I'm carrying and I'm on my way.

Aromatherapy Aromatherapy is a key component in my self-care practice. Just a whiff of the right scent and I am transported to a calmer, more centered state of mind. In my pouch, I carry a mini essential oil spray as well as a mini scent oil roller. I use the spray to enhance the atmosphere, wherever I am--yes, that includes planes, trains and automobiles. I use my oil roller on my pressure points whenever I need a moment of calm or stress relief. 

Breathing The next time you are in a stressful or heavy situation, I want you to do something: pay attention to your breathing. I'll bet you're not taking deep breaths. On-the-go, I use my oil spray and roller to assist me in deep breathing exercises. You don't need a lot of time or space to practice deeper, more satisfying breathing. Step away from whatever you're doing, maybe to a restroom or a hallway, spray or roll on essential oils and deeply inhale the scent in the air or on your skin for 10 deep breaths.This is one of my favorite calming & reenergizing practices.

Writing Release Along with my pouch of "goodies", I also carry a journal (and lots of fun-colored markers). I have several journals for different purposes. The one I carry with me during work days or travel is where I write out my feelings throughout the day if need be. Journaling is a great way to release tension and discuss, with yourself, ways to improve your day(s). For me, journaling on-the-go is a great way to process through all of the "stuff" of my day without having to bring any of it home (hopefully).

Food & Drink Choices I like to think of nutrition as a form of self-care. What we put in our bodies either works for or against us. That's why I try to make the healthiest possible food choices when I am traveling or on-set for work. I know, it can sometimes be a difficult task because healthy choices can be scarce and expensive. To supplement the options available, I always carry Vitamin C packets and nutrient packed food bars (not pictured). 

Affirmations I try to affirm myself as often as possible throughout any given day. Self-affirmation is free and you can take it anywhere!