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What does self care mean to you? Megan- The Prince’s Trust

We chatted to Megan Nadin from The Prince’s Trust to find out about her relationship with self care

Written by Liv Grady

July 26, 2021

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In case you missed it, we have released a new self care collection with The Prince’s Trust, to raise money for their Women Supporting Women campaign.

This new charity loungewear range focuses on the importance of self-care for our mental health and 50% of all profits will go directly to The Prince’s Trust. You can find out more about their work here.

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self care collection

Megan Nadin – My relationship with self Care

In celebration of the launch, we chatted to Megan Nadin from the charity, to find out what Self Care means to her. Megan, 25, has been with The Prince’s Trust since January, working to develop business relationships as their Partnerships & Outreach Executive.

Keep reading to find out more about Megan’s role in the charity and her take on Self Love.

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How long have you been at Prince’s Trust?

I’ve been at the Prince’s Trust since January this year. I joined during the pandemic, so everything was done online but they still found a way to introduce me to absolutely everyone at the Manchester centre. Before getting this job at The Trust, I have had lots of experiences working at youth charities. I was also fortunate to be able to travel abroad and volunteer in Fiji for 2 months.

When I saw this job, I knew it would be perfect for me! I went ahead and applied just before Christmas and found out that I would be starting in the new year-it has been a whirlwind since!

megan nadin standing on mountain

What does the phrase ‘self-care’ mean to you?

In my eyes self-care is composed of a few different things; it’s respecting yourself and forgiving yourself for past ‘mistakes’. It’s recognising when you need a time out like having a face mask, enjoying your favourite meal, or having a glass of wine! And finally, learning to really appreciate and love that person that you see in the mirror everyday inside and out! 

How have you seen self care impact women in their careers and everyday life?

Self-care is something that everyone needs to practice in their day-to-day lives and when we work every day, I think it is important for companies and businesses to also hold their employee’s wellness as a top priority.

I’ve witnessed many women in my life achieve great things and reach new heights when they put themselves first and their organisations encourage them to do this as well.

“I’ve witnessed many women in my life achieve great things and reach new heights when they put themselves first and their organisations encourage them to do this as well.”

Megan Nadin- The Prince’s Trust

It is always a pleasure to see, and be inspired, by the incredible things they have done. I am surrounded by a great bunch of girls, and I get to witness everyday each of them overcome worries and build their self-confidence when they focus on themselves. We help raise each other up and encourage each of our successes in life – women supporting women is my favourite thing to see! The saying is really true that you glow differently when you’re happy!

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How does The Prince’s Trust support women to look after themselves and learn to care for themselves?

Prince’s Trust has a variety of networks available for all of our colleagues, including PT GEN which is our amazing Gender Equality Network. Within this network we have such inspiring people who will hold monthly meetings to discuss various topics surrounding gender, they create amazing events with guest speakers and activities – you name it they’ve done it!

How do you ensure to take time for yourself in a busy career?

It’s very easy to get carried away and sometimes to forget to look after yourself, but it is something that I make sure I do regularly, and my number one rule is to always listen to your body and respect how you’re truly feeling – if you ignore the warning signs you may end up in a burnout situation. I am a huge lover of self-care, especially a face mask – it solves a lot of problems!

I recently moved to Manchester so I’m missing my family dog Poppy, so a visit to see her always helps and I’ve signed up to borrow my doggy to look after pooches based in Manchester! I’m a big lover of going for a walk with beautiful surroundings, and I can never underestimate how much happiness a good sunset brings me – here’s a picture of my favourite one to date in Thailand. 

megan nadin from princes trust on canoe at sunset

“It’s very easy to get carried away and sometimes to forget to look after yourself, but it is something that I make sure I do regularly, and my number one rule is to always listen to your body and respect how you’re truly feeling”

Megan Nadin- The Prince’s Trust

What are easy steps that people can take to ensure they are practising self-care?

Take time each day to jot down something you’re grateful for – this really kept me going during lockdown.

Look in the mirror and think about 3 things you like about yourself (internally or externally) before leaving the door – or sitting down to work if you’re working virtually 

Question your self-critical thinking, and be your own best friend 

Make sure you’re aware of when you’re feeling stressed or low, and put in measures to prevent leading to a burn out – put yourself first!

megan nadin

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We are committed to an ongoing partnership with The Prince’s Trust, supporting the amazing work they do for women and their careers. You can discover more information about our partnership here and you can also donate directly to the charity using the text code below.

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