How have you returned to work today? Are you feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead? This question might be annoying for those of us who did not get the reboot that we needed over the weekend due to work and family responsibilities.

That is why I want to talk about radical self care. Radical self care is the ability for even the busiest person to take responsibility for their own self first before taking care of others. I think on an intuitive level we know that if our tank is empty we have nothing left to offer those who rely on us. We are more likely to become short tempered, reactive and negative.

 Radical self care is not about bubble baths and massages. It is fundamentally understanding that we have basic emotional, physical and psychological human needs that need fulfilling in order for us to thrive. It is putting ourselves first for the sake of ourselves and for the sake of others.

 What could putting yourself first look like this week? What is it that fills your cup? What human needs are you missing? Is it moving more, taking breaks from screens, connecting with friends, having that difficult conversation at work about the support you need, making a smoothie every morning, time to play with your kids, time alone, mindfulness practice?

Choose one thing you can do this week to fill your cup. Plan it in to your day every day, every week, every month. Make it a habit. Your family will thank you for it.

** Listen to this podcast on Radical self care with our Head of Coaching at TWPC, Sharon Charlton Thomson. Sharon is a guest of The Parent Practice. **