This February, while you are shining about cupid and Valentine’s day, why not also take a moment out for self-care.

Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

Let’s face it working in the creative media can be stressful. The long hours, the wait in between contracts and being the ‘only one’ can all takes its toll.

Remembering to be good to self can be essential in maintaining your mental health.

Inspired be Last month, Creative Career Retreat. Set in the beautiful surrounds of the Surrey countryside a group of senior creatives and professional empowerment coach Remy Blumenfeld stepped off the world for a minute for some much needed creative renewal. We spent the day devising strategies for taming self-limiting beliefs and mapping out an achievable action plan for the coming year — the Ultimate Career Self Care day.

Here are our top Self Care tips:

Thoughts become things

1. Whether you meditate in the morning or heading out for a walk first thing, get set for the new day by putting yourself first. Remy suggests starting your day with a positive affirmation. Saying something like ‘I am successful, I am grounded, I am smart’ can be a powerful way to quieten your saboteur’s voice. Just five minutes at the start of each day can make all the difference. So much so, that he insists his clients commit to doing their own, bespoke, daily affirmations. So, before you write off this idea as too hokey to work, know that every day hundreds of world-famous leaders and billionaire entrepreneurs are reprogramming their brains with this same simple, free technology.

Work-life balance

Maintain a healthy balance between work and play can be a challenge. It’s easy to get sucked into work if you’re checking emails and messages pat home. It’s essential to make a clear distinction between the hours you need to work and hours for yourself.

Make time for lunch

Try and take time out for lunch, Step away from your desk for a change of scenery and if possible head outside for a breath of fresh air.

Time out for you

My personal favourite, if possible put time in for fake meetings. Turn your phone off, go to the movies, treat yourself to a nice lunch take an hour or two our for yourself because you’re worth it.

Let us know your self-care tips!

Our next creative career retreat is in June email me to register your interest.