To celebrate International Women’s Day, throughout March, we will be shining a spotlight on the #womenofSwaab who are leading our firm and have paved the way for the others to find their own successes. Monique Loveday explains how practicing this one ritual contributes to her ongoing success in living a balanced lifestyle.
What’s a daily or weekly ritual you have that contributes to your ongoing success?
Practising self-care. This has been key to me living a balanced life.
As a Family Lawyer, and mother of two young children, I have a very limited (almost non-existent) amount of ‘me’ time so it is essential I use whatever free time I have for self-care.
For me self-care is going to a yoga class or eating a healthy meal. Even sitting in silence for 5 minutes is sometimes all I need.
I discovered Yoga two years ago and this has been a game changer for me. It has done wonders for my mind, body and soul. I am fortunate enough to work in a firm that offers lunch time Yoga.
It is important for me to take care of myself so that I can take care of my clients and family. There is a reason we are instructed by flight attendants to put on our face masks first in an emergency before we put on our child’s or others. That is because if we become unconscious due to lack of oxygen then we cannot help others. The same applies as a Lawyer and Mother. If I do not get my ‘oxygen’ and thus become metaphorically ‘unconscious’, then how can I help those who really need my help? The simple answer is: I can’t.