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Self Care Strategies - Keeping Ourselves on Track in 2016

Getting off on the right foot

2016 is off to a flying start and now is the perfect time to create and implement strategies that will ensure we are in the best possible shape- physically and metaphysically- to carry out our objectives for the year.

Being a 9 year, 2016 is all about completion, accomplishment and perfection. It is a good year for tying up loose ends, clearing up unfinished business, and accomplishing what we set out to achieve. It is a year to acknowledge where we have been, everything we have done to get ourselves where we are, and prepare ourselves for where we are going. The number 9 has introspective, reflective aspects to it which means we will need to make regular trips to our inner sanctum throughout the year to recharge, regroup and replenish ourselves.

2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey in Chinese astrology bringing proactive, dynamic and productive energies in to the mix, so let’s ride the wave to get what needs doing done and have a bit of fun doing it! The key here: be flexible, mindful and ready to act accordingly and in alignment with the highest good. Taking care not to be impulsive or rash is crucial to ensure a successful outcome for what we set out to achieve. Working with others in a spirit of comradery will help us get there, and we can all benefit more when we pool our talents and abilities together.

It’s all about self-care strategies

For those of us working in healing, helping and therapist roles, implementing and fulfilling on our self-care strategies is essential as it will ensure that we are able to maintain our energy levels, focus and be able to assist others to the best of our ability. If we’ve got good strategies in place, we are making a commitment both to ourselves and our clients to do our best work, which really is a wonderful gift to be able to offer the world.

Working with the potent energetic winds of completion at our backs, we can make the most of this year to consolidate and complete projects whose ‘time has come’. Put time aside to get things in order, prioritising those things that are more urgent over those things that may be more ‘fun’ or ‘interesting’ but can, in the greater scheme of things wait.

It is important that we attend to those things that require our time and energy in a mindful manner and as much as possible, avoid going in to overwhelm or stressing over everything that needs to be done. When we consciously engage with each step of a task or project, we can save ourselves a lot of time and energy in the long run by not having to redo things or put out fires that have resulted from acting prematurely or in a knee-jerk fashion.

We may need to delegate certain responsibilities to others who are more skilled in areas where we aren’t. This could include for example, hiring an accountant to get our finances and taxes in order if we run our own business, or get someone skilled in IT to revamp our website.

Use energy wisely to maintain momentum

Having clear yet flexible plans and strategies in place can be very useful to help us accomplish what it is we need to do within a given time frame. The wise use of our energy on all levels will ensure that we don’t waste or expend energy unnecessarily so that we’ve got plenty of fuel left in our tanks for our clients and to undertake important tasks. Self-care is vital for our wellbeing and longevity and our changing needs require us to be alert and proactive when it comes to what we need to do in order to stay healthy and balanced. Some days, we may need to see less clients and block out some time in our day to have a massage or another form of body work to keep our physical structures in alignment. Adequate rest and time-out from the coal face affords us the opportunity to recharge our batteries, to visit our ‘inner oasis’ where we can replenish and rejuvenate.

Taking time out to ‘smell the roses’

Scheduling regular break times throughout our day that give us breathing space and time to ‘smell the roses’ can help keep our energy levels steady. Allocating time between appointments to step outside, take in the sun’s abundant vital energy and spending time in nature are all great ways to help us stay grounded, present and connected with the pulse of the Earth.

Having regular ‘energetic showers’ throughout the day is a highly effective way to keep our energy field and working environment clean, clear and harmonious. Adding a few drops of First Light® Aura Support or White Light Support to a spritzer bottle of pure water and misting our energy field and work space works really well. The less energetic congestion and clutter we carry or allow to accumulate in our personal energetic and work spaces, the less likely we are to succumb to exhaustion and ill health.

A few recommendations

There are a number of First Light® flower essences we can work with to assist us to stay focused, on track and to keep ourselves healthy and well on all levels throughout 2016:

Flowers of Transformation Essence No 28 Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not is the Aspiration essence, providing a helping hand to reach our goals and objectives. No 28 Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not supports us to feel secure and to exercise healthy ambition as we seek to express who we truly are, and what we are here to do out in the world. This essence can help us experience ourselves as successful, a natural authority in our own lives and area/s of expertise. A good essence to use when needing to delegate responsibilities or if we’re struggling to recognise our own accomplishments.

Plant Essence No 63 Karamu is the Manifestation essence. Use No 63 Karamu to maintain focus, concentration and to manifest what is needed to accomplish goals. No 63 Karamu enhances performance and confidence, helping us to bring everything together, stay on track and to meet our objectives. This essence is an excellent ally for keeping all our balls in the air, is great for multitasking, and tapping in to our own wellspring of inner resources.

Plant Essence No 64 Koromiko is the Wisdom essence that helps us to maintain autonomy when working in a healing or helping capacity. No 64 Koromiko corresponds to the soul qualities of neutrality, equilibrium, stillness and calm and helps us to access deeper levels of knowing. With No 64 Koromiko as our ally, we are better able to deal with life and life situations in a stress-free manner. No 64 Koromiko also has a protective aspect that deflects emotional tension emitted by others which may have the potential to drain or sap our energy and contributing to problems such as ‘healer burnout’.

Plant Essence No 83 Kakabeak is the Completion essence and is very much aligned with the nine energy of 2016. Work with No 83 Kakabeak to successfully wrap things up, complete projects and tie up loose ends that may be draining our energy. No 83 Kakabeak is also great to use if we’ve lost our get up and go or feeling off kilter as it restores a sense of stability and balance, helping us to integrate and complete things in order to move on to the next phase of a task, project, job or life-stage.

Healers Essence No 88 Wheki is the Self Care essence, helping us to be alert to what our needs are on all levels. No 88 Wheki assists us in determining which aspect/s of ourselves need attention and how to best support these aspects in order to maintain our overall health and wellbeing.

Healers Essence No 92 Lace Fern is the Energetic Integrity essence and is an excellent essence for people working in healing and helping professions to maintain the integrity of one’s own energy field. No 92 Lace Fern recalibrates the energy field to reweave an energetic matrix that is robust and free from distortions, allowing the true expression of our healing gifts to express in an unimpeded manner.

— Lana Raill
Lana holds diplomas in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine and New Zealand Native Flower Essence Therapy, and is a First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® Registered Practitioner. Lana specialises in working with vibrational plant medicine in the form of First Light® flower essences and is available for consultations in Grey Lynn and Avondale on 021 02468952 or by email: