The Essential Life

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The Essential Life About Us

Welcome to The Essential Life


The Essential Life was founded by a young couple living in Vancouver, Britten Thompson & Sean Douglas. The pair have recently relocated to Australia, a move which has given the duo the opportunity to spread their message globally.

It is The Essential Life's goal to create a space where positivity abounds in the midst of the tumult & uncertainty in which we find ourselves. Our vision for The Essential Life & The Essential Life community, is to be an unending well of inspiration & motivation in order to sustain our readers & our community.

We want to be an oasis of positivity from which our readers can draw the hope necessary to sustain their hearts, minds & spirits in the moments when they find themselves tapped out or running dry.

With each article & story we share on The Essential Life, we want to enrich the lives of each individual who visits our corner of the world wide web. We hope to accomplish this by facilitating the growth of a community built on sharing, connectedness & positivity. 

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The Essential Life

The Self Care Challenge 


The Essential Life strongly believes we must work to nurture & nourish ourselves first.

We believe that Self Care isn't selfish, nor is it over-indulgent. We believe that Self Care preserves us & enables us to carry on in our mission & that is why we created #TheEssentialSelfCareChallenge. 

We want to challenge & encourage The Essential Life community to nourish themselves in their daily lives. We believe that, after practicing Self Care for 30 days, it will become a habit in the lives of each member of our community. 

We are challenging each member of The Essential Life community to practice Self Care each day, for 30 days & to share your Self Care journey with us on Instagram

To participate, simply follow us on Instagram & each time you share your daily Self Care routine, tag @TheEssentialLifeWellness in your photo.

Don't forget to include #TheEssentialSelfCareChallenge in each post.

We will feature all posts on our website & on our own Instagram profile.


The Essential Self Care Challenge



Too often, when we think of Self Care, we think of selfishness, self-involvement or petty extravagances & over-indulgence. We think of spas, & spending money on expensive beauty products, retreats & treatments. We think of massages, facials & relaxing in the sauna. When we think of Self Care, too often, trivialities come to mind when, in reality, Self Care is a necessity. Self Care isn't selfish at all.

Self Care is self-preservation

As a community of givers, carers & empaths, we strive to offer caring & support. We give & give of ourselves & often give of ourselves, far past the point of what is healthy & what is sustainable. We are of service to our family, to our loved-ones, to our friends, to our co-workers & those we encounter each day. We live up to the demands & responsibilities of our careers, of our roles as parents, friends, sisters, & brothers. We commit ourselves to kindness. We commit to holding doors for strangers, affording everyone we encounter throughout our day the respect they deserve. We commit to showing up & stepping up in all aspects of our lives.

With all the output, & all the outgoing support & love that we offer as a community of givers, carers & empaths, we often leave ourselves with an empty cup - a well from which we have nothing left to draw. We nurture others & forget to nourish & nurture ourselves. We continue on in this way, until continuing on isn't possible. 

When we look at Self Care through the lens of give & take, Self Care becomes so much more than selfish. Self Care becomes the avenue through which we offer ourselves, in humility & service, to those around us. Self Care is a necessary coping strategy for filling up our proverbial cup so we can pour ourselves our to the betterment of society.

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