Self-Care And Putting 'Me' First

“When I have filled my own cup, I can then give from a place of love and not a place of stress. It’s a ripple effect” - Kylie

Kylie’s proudest moment in life was giving birth to her two beautiful daughters. “They were the hardest, yet most special moments of my life. Nothing shakes you up and changes you on every level, like becoming a mum,” Kylie shares.

The early days of motherhood went pretty smooth for Kylie, but when her second child came along, she was met with her biggest challenge yet. “I was always panicking and worrying to the point where I was catastrophising stuff. I’d never experienced this before. I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know what was wrong with me.”

It was only when Kylie reached out to a doctor and psychologist, that she learned she was going through post-natal anxiety. "It has been a challenge," she explains, “I’ve since kept the anxiety, but I’m learning how to manage it.” Kylie has found when putting herself first with self-care, exercise, and rest; she feels her most happiest and healthiest. “When I have filled my own cup, I can then give from a place of love and not a place of stress. It’s a ripple effect.”

Kylie's tips for relieving anxiety

Don’t think that having time to yourself or resting as selfish. As a mum, we tend to put ourselves last. But we’re not giving the best version of ourselves when we’re depleted. I think it’s important to invest in ‘me time’. You looking after you because you’re giving the better version of yourself versus what’s leftover.

- Exercise - being a Personal Trainer, exercise is important to move the anxious energy

- Meditation - I meditate a few times a week in the mornings, it really helps

- Nutrition - I feel great when I eat healthy foods. If my eating goes downhill, it's a sign for me that things aren't good mentally

- Counselling - I see my psychologist on a regular basis to help manage the anxiety

- Friends - I'm so lucky to have a great group of friends. They are mums as well, and we catch up regularly to share about our issues. I'm getting better at opening up and sharing.

- Family - my husband is really supportive whenever I need to have some 'me time'. He's really good at taking the girls and giving me some space.

Team BOD: What motivates you to be your best self?

Kylie: My kids! When I am looking after myself, I feel like I am kicking goals in life and they get the best version of me and so do I.

Team BOD: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Kylie: Flying. To feel free as a bird and move between places quickly.

Team BOD: What is your favourite thing to do wearing BOD?

Kylie: I love wearing BOD while I’m working as a personal trainer. I find the pieces to comfy, stylish, and fit well.

About Kylie

Kylie lives with her husband and two beautiful girls in Melbourne. For more information about her wellness coaching business, please visit Kylie's website.