Personal care tips from a professional surfer

25 August 2021

Layne Beachley is a professional surfer from Manly, New South Wales. She had already started to conquer the waves by the age of 16 and at the age of 20, received her first award, taking 6th place amongst her competitors. In 2006, Layne had earned 7 awards and was the first surfer in the world to win 6 awards in a row. When Layne’s name hit the Hall of Fame, the surfer retired from the sport. At that time, she had already been in the sport for 20 years. 

Although her sports career as a surfer is over, her desire to reach new heights has not disappeared, so Beachley later founded Awake Academy. These are online courses that have already helped many people find their “vibe” in life and tune in to positive thinking. 

The story of course creation is quite logical: despite world-famous success, Layne suffered from low self-esteem, insecurity and depression for a long time. She is an individual who despite her self flagellation, achieved success in her chosen sport and also is a person who possesses not only self-confidence, but also self-control. Now, she is ready to bring her knowledge to people who need this help. Layne teamed up with Zendesk to host online events where she shared simple tips for improving living standards. 

These tips are based on self-care, but not the kind you might think. For Beachley, self-care is about more than just having a spa day or listening to music, it’s about simple things that we forget to do every day.

It becomes much easier for you to tackle more complex issues, both at work and in your personal life when you begin with  solving small problems as well as learning self discipline. Here’s what Layne Beachley advises us to practice every day:

  1. Box breathing. This means to hold your breath for 4 seconds each time you inhale. A great way to relieve stress.
  2. Morning affirmations. Studies have shown that starting your day with “I am…” improves your mood and overall well-being significantly throughout the day.
  3. Make your bed. This is a great way to create a more productive mindset and work environment for yourself (especially if you work remotely).
  4. Brushing your teeth with the opposite hand. With your right if you are left-handed and with your left if you are right-handed. This is a great way to energize your brain. 
  5. Drink water in the morning. This will help you to maintain your water balance. 
  6. Express gratitude to yourself, those around you, or simply to your surroundings. This affects not only your train of thought, but also your subconscious mind.
  7. Disconnect your phone. This means limiting yourself from social networks if you are spending a lot of time on it during the day.
  8. Perform exercises. Exercise has a positive impact on your overall health, making you healthier. 
  9. Make time for friends and colleagues. Socialization is an important part of everyone’s life. 
  10. Be kind to yourself. Whilst having a good relationship with others, many people forget to take care of their own needs. So love yourself and be kind to yourself! 
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