As November(one of my favorite months) is hours away and I reflect on the past year I see lots of challenges that we have had to overcome. One being the economic situation of the oil and gas industry and another being the Great Flood 2016. Both of these are still evident today and is no big surprise, however, one that is not so evident and has been a long standing challenge is...You. Actually not You, you, but more like Self. The idea of self-care being a luxury instead of a necessity has been a challenge to overcome.
We got into this industry not because there were millions of dollars up for grabs, but because I was attached to an EKG machine in my mid-30s for lack of caring of myself and giving more than I had in the workforce. It was shortly after my realization that I could die if I didn't begin to understand and change my ways of stress and the pressures that I allowed myself to be under sooner rather than later. Boy, did I ever begin to understand it. I became a Stress Management Life Coach and La Palmera Spa became an extension of this understanding.
I have worked and continue working with my own Coach to make myself a priority. In fact, not only do I walk nearly 4 miles most days I just joined a local crossfit family, called CrossFit Cayenne. I've realized much of my value and without me, I cannot do what I am called to do and that is to be the International Stress Management Life Coach and Owner of La Palmera Spa. Our team all believe in what we do and regularly get massages, facials, use the essential oils, and so much more. So the message that I have for you is truly that Self-Care is not a Luxury.
Don't just take my word for it. In a recent article of Skin, Inc. this holds true in New York as well, "One of the biggest challenges skin care professionals have is convincing clients that skin care is a priority, not a luxury. Regularly getting them back in the treatment room can be a battle."
For my birthday (this is why November is one of my favorite months:) I wish that you take this month to take care of you. You are not a Luxury, you are a priority.
Here's to you and shining bright like that diamond that you are.
NIcky Stansbury is the Founder of La Palmera Spa and StressLessSecrets. She is passionate about inspiring others to respond instead of reacting to life's plot twists.