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3 Self-Care Tips I Learned at Miraval

2017 was the year that I made my self-care a true priority. To be honest, I haven’t had the most balanced life in the last five or so years… I was so focused on building my business, my career and my family that I put my health and overall well-being on the back burner (I’m sure many of you can relate to this). At the end of last year, it really took a toll on me. I realized that in order to be the best I can be, both professionally and personally, it was okay to put myself first sometimes.

I’m so happy to say that this year I really did focus on taking care of myself more. Between being more conscious about what I was eating, to working out and even taking time to disconnect really made all the difference mentally and physically and got me in such a better headspace.

It was also very important to me that the people around me felt the same. My team and I are constantly running around producing content and working at such an intense speed that the last thing I want is for everyone to get burnt out. You might remember from this post here and this vlog that a just a few weeks ago, my team and I took a week off from work and visited the gorgeous Miraval Resort and Spa in Arizona!

It was amazing to see my team so relaxed and to really be able to disconnect. We came back from our CINCretreat refreshed and more inspired than ever.

Being with my team in a setting that wasn’t dictated by work really helped us bond and become closer than ever. There is something to be said about actually taking time to be “present.”  Here are 3 things I learned from Miraval that you can incorporate into your everyday lives too!

1. Disconnecting is Good

One of the biggest things that Miraval believes in is to ‘Disconnect to Reconnect.’ My life and my job pretty much revolves around the internet and social media, but being able to put my phone down and spend some quality time with my team and Allen was so refreshing. When was the last time you were just still? I know it’s so hard for me to be able to relax and think clearly without distractions and I learned that you should not feel guilty for having nothing to do.  Instead; enjoy it. So, I challenge you to a digital detox! A little quiet time feels so good.  Whether it’s for a few days or a whole week, you’ll feel a lot better than you do now – I promise.

2. Therapy is Good for Everyone

I had always associated therapy with people who are going through marital problems, or issues where they would need to seek professional help but I had my first therapy session at Miraval and I realized that therapy is almost like checking in with a personal trainer, but for your mind and emotions. It’s all about making sure you’re aligned with what you want to accomplish. Plus, talking to a 3rd party who can see things from a different point of view can really help you understand your feelings and yourself. I’m happy to say that Allen and I are considering continuing relationship therapy as a way to continually grow ourselves and our relationship.

I also learned that therapy can come in many forms, one of them being meditation. If you remember from this post, my team and I did a class called Mandalas for Meditation. Staying silent and finding an activity that calms you down and helps you focus on your breath feels amazing. I remember feeling so relaxed and almost sleepy after the session!

3. Do Something You’re Scared Of

You might remember from this vlog, that my team and I did a team bonding exercise called the Quantum Leap. Basically, we all jumped off a 35-foot pole! It was pretty terrifying, but so much fun! One thing I learned from this experience is that once you face your fears- especially with the support of the people you’re closest to, you come out of it knowing each other a bit more and feeling so much more connected.

This time of year is stressful for everyone, so if you’re feeling burnt out, try taking a little time to focus on YOU. I hope these tips help you as much as they helped me and my team!

sigxo_chriselle

49 Comments
  • Samriddhi Gurung says:

    Over the years, I felt lost between higher education, friends, family, relationship and the responsibilities that comes along. I was emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted.
    I disconnected from people for a time being to reconnect with myself. I felt so much better and I do it at times when it feels like I’m too wound up in life. Everybody needs that detour to find a way back to themselves again!

    Sending love from Nepal!
    xoxo

  • Diana says:

    Disconnecting is so hard for me, but when I do it, it really gives me the chance to meditate and recharge!

    Diana | http://thechicdiary.com/blog/12/14/2017-must-have-style-piece-blanknyc-suede-moto-jacket

  • Julia says:

    Hi Chriselle,
    I loved this post. It’s refreshing to be reminded that it’s healthy to disconnect from the internet and social media, especially today. Thanks!

  • Nikki says:

    Great tips Chriselle!
    Self love is truly underrated!

    Love,
    Nikki
    http://www.runwaytoroad.com

  • Ju K says:

    love your honesty chriselle.

  • LINDA NANCY YI says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT DRESS!

  • Nadia says:

    I hope in 2018 I will have better self-control and disconnect more! Thank you for this post ♥️

  • KG says:

    Self care is so important. Thank you for doing a segment on it. It really is hard to give our best to *anything* in life when we aren’t focused or happy. Taking time to reset ourselves, mentally & physically, is something more people need to do. Happy Holidays, lovely lady & lovely team!

  • Barnadette Robinson says:

    Loved the content of this blog. I can relate and I’m taking steps to change my bad habits and make more time for just me. I’ve started meditation recently and it’s been a rewarding experience. Would love to try Pilates. My BFF and I walk trails in the park and hike occasionally. One of my New Years resolutions is to be more adventurous!!!!

  • Stacey Doolan says:

    Self care is so important, it’s easy to forget about yourself when life is so busy. Last year it took me getting really sick from my stress to realise it’s not just ok to take a break, it’s vital in order to stay happy and health.

  • Sunny says:

    I love everything that this post stands for! I’ve also been trying to go to the gym more, do yoga at home, and meditate and self-reflect and it’s been a journey, but it’s coming along. The motivation to start may be difficult but the reward you get afterward is so worth it!

  • LingC says:

    This is so true. These days people can be more comfortable messaging someone but if you challenged them to say to someone in person what they put in their message – they can’t.

    It has been a crazy year, so its nice to get a few tips and reminders to love yourself. To slow down and rethink your goals. I think I need more motivation and specific exercise tips after the holidays 😉

  • Marit Boom says:

    Everybody needs to disconnect from time to time. Makes me feel much healtier and more relaxed not having to check messages, emails, calls and social media for a day. 😋

    Love,
    Marit Magdalena

  • Great tips Chriselle! Makes me reflect that I do need to have break soon, with full time job plus blog it has been almost 24/7. Balance is extremely important xx
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  • Yoldine says:

    I think my issue is that whenever I take a moment to myself I always feel guilty afterward. I end up feeling like I’ve wasted precious time that could have been better spent being productive. It’s worse with sleep because actually SLEEPING makes me feel guilty. And believe me, I know how messed up it is that I feel guilty about something that we all need to survive and function. It’s a really crappy relationship that I have with sleep and any time spent not doing work or studying. Maybe 2018 will be the year where I can finally work on repairing that.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for these great tips, Chriselle! 🙂 This year has definitely been super busy for me, and I know exactly what you mean about taking time off to really rediscover and reconnect with yourself! <3

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Alicia gan says:

    Love love love!! xoox

  • Self care is always so so important. I love how in depth you share with us. Thank you!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • Beautiful Post. I enjoyed reading

  • Kimberly Doan says:

    I definitely need ME time since I’m done with school and about to start my 3rd tax season at work. Thanks for inspiring me to disconnect and relax!

  • Vivian says:

    Let’s take self-care into 2018 too~~

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_

    ~

  • Camila Gastiaburu says:

    Self care is VERY important

  • I love all these three amazing self-care tips and I can confirm they work wonders! Thanks for sharing!
    Magda

    http://www.gloryofthesnow.com/

  • LINDA NANCY YI says:

    LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST! IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF ONE’S HEALTH!!!

  • Thank you for this post Chriselle. It’s exactly what I needed to see today! Much love – Bernadette

  • Linda says:

    Your so blessed to be able to & share your experience with be you love & respect. I’ve got that on my bucket list!

  • Jennifer says:

    I definitely agree with #3. Thank you for sharing this post. 🙂

  • Gricelda Romo says:

    I don’t have business or work with a huge team, but your ideas a wonderful to take upon any daily life task. I also believe it is important to separate time away from the stress of work and or school, to find time for yourself and pamper and relax. Too much stress could lead to lowering your mental and physical health along with even more stress!

  • Tinisha says:

    Very good ideas for self-care. My work group recently had a spa day. It was awesome to connect outside of work and see people in a different light and learn new things about them.

  • Mia Cortez says:

    Self care is so important, and I love that you took your team with you! A happy team and a productive team.

  • andrea rodriguez says:

    Love this posts <3 so important to take care of ourselves!!!

  • Shloka says:

    Right before I read this I said that I was feeling guilty because I hadn’t done enough work in the past few days. I’m currently in India seeing family and after reading your post I realised that it was okay to take care of myself and do something for me as well. Thank you for always reminding me of the important things Chriselle!

    x
    Shloka
    http://www.thesilksneaker.com

  • This post was like if it was for me personally. Because this year for me was putting other things first than me and I think I need to start changing. Thank you for sharing this tips because I also was thinking about going to some therapy but I was overthinking too much on going.

  • Natali says:

    Wonderful post and coming just perfectly in time to self reflect before this year ends… Self care and self love are so important
    in order that we could understand, love and care for people whom we love the most and are surrounded by each day.

    http://lartoffashion.com

  • ZHENG says:

    I love the white dress <3

  • Deborah Chloé says:

    I truly love this article. I just took the time to read every single one of your 12 days of giving articles and nothing could give more, than an inspiring message to those who get inspired by you on a daily basis. I feel like, especially during times like Christmas, people get so stressed out and try to perform their best in front of friends and family, that they tend to forget the real meaning behind all of this: love and care. Love and care not only for those around us but for us especially, as we are only able to truly give, when we are balanced and love ourselves first. Sounds cliché, right? But I truly believe in this kind of energy.

    Self-care is such an important topic and can’t be talked about enough. Also: It’s okay to not always be on a peak performance and to shut down and rewind for a while. <3

    Love from Germany,
    Deborah Chloé

  • i ogiemwonyi says:

    Self-care is my watchword for 2018. I completely ran myself ragged this year, and I refuse to continue this way! Thanks for the post, the Miraval looks litty!
    http://bit.ly/2AMP1A

  • Demilade says:

    I love your dress Chriselle, it’s beautiful. I’ve never been to a therapist before but lately I’ve been embracing the idea of visiting one in the future. Not because there’s something wrong per se, but talking about your feelings is always so therapeutic and as you said, talking about your feelings to a third party can be really helpful. Will definitely consider it! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  • Kim says:

    I love the idea of disconnecting! One of my favorite parts about traveling is being on a flight and being forced to disconnect. Love this!

    Kim

    http://trendkeeper.me .. ULTIMATE holiday gift guide!

  • NAty says:

    This is amazing! It is so important to take time for yourself. thanks for sharing
    xx
    https://closettostreet.com/

  • Mia says:

    Loved this post! Self-care was definitely the word of 2017, and for a good reason. I think that anyone and everyone can benefit from therapy, and stepping out of your comfort zone is so important!

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

  • Marianne says:

    Beautiful reflections! Myself, I absolutely believe that striving for balance would be the optimum. That is why one of my resolutions for next year is going to be taking more time for self-care!
    Thank you for a lovely post! Wish you all the best <3
    xx
    http://mariannelle.com

  • Wendy says:

    Yes, I am guilty of putting everyone and everything else ahead of my own personal care…a great reminder…I too am valuable and important!

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