DEAR MRS SAL­IS­BURY…

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - SEX ADVICE, ROBYN SALISBURY -

Around that time, my dad re­tired af­ter be­ing CFO for a big New Zealand com­pany for more than a decade. He was still deal­ing with the ef­fects of on­go­ing chronic stress from all these years. I thought, we need to be deal­ing with this in dif­fer­ent ways. Work­places play such an im­por­tant role in peo­ple’s sense of place on life and in their com­mu­nity. But too of­ten peo­ple go to work and work makes them un­well be­cause they are not sup­ported.

I had been think­ing about cre­at­ing self care cards as a re­source for my coach­ing but never got around to it. At the start of this year, a friend of mine had a baby and I thought it would be great to give her some­thing just for her rather than for the baby. So I worked with a friend around some con­cepts and I couldn’t find any­thing sim­i­lar any­where so I bit the bul­let and made them.

Some peo­ple bought them for their work­places and used them as con­ver­sa­tion starters. A woman bought them to build her re­la­tion­ship with her fi­ance be­fore the wed­ding.

Most of the sug­ges­tions in the cards are things that I do. For ex­am­ple, ev­ery night at the din­ner table we say what was the best part of your day. The kids come up with such cute and funny lit­tle mo­ments. The other day my son said the best part of his day was when I picked him up from preschool and gave him a cud­dle.

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