Dear reader, I am so excited to introduce a Guest Q&A Series to my blog!
This series will feature compassionate female entrepreneurs who inspire me daily, sharing an insight into their wellness and self-discovery journey.
I always want this space to feel refreshing and meaningful so I will feature this Q&A on the 4th Monday of every month. Hopefully hearing from other voices will be beneficial to you, and encourage more growth and mindfulness in your life.
This week, the lovely Jutta Szalontai, founder of The Sun and My Soul, will be taking over my blog to talk about her mental health struggles and the importance of self-care.
♡ Thalia xx
Hi! I am Jutta, founder of The Sun & My Soul.
I grew up with mental health issues and felt so alone. After uni, I started to work as a social media marketing specialist.
Hustling hard and working long hours made me struggle to relax and take care of myself.
And when I did allow myself to sleep and rest, I felt so guilty.
Unfortunately, this led to the point where I was struggling with my mental health again and I felt burnt out.
These experiences taught me how important it is to build a healthy and caring relationship with myself, and it became my priority.
Every time I practice yoga, connect with nature or clear my head through journaling, I know I’m investing in my mental health.
During the pandemic, I lost my job and decided to follow my heart and do something that I always wanted… to help others.
So I created my brand, The Sun & My Soul.
I sell self-care boxes and other self-care essentials that can help you on your self-discovery journey and connect with yourself.
I source the products from small UK businesses to support local independent makers and I always donate part of the profits to mental health organisations that share my mission of ending the stigma surrounding mental health.
My purpose is to empower women to take care of themselves mentally, physically and spiritually. And not only on special occasions but every single day.
Wellness Q&A with Jutta
What does a healthy work-life balance look like to you?
A healthy work-life balance for me is having the time for everything I need physically and mentally.
I try to give myself one day off per week.
Practising a little bit of self-care every day is a must for me, even if it’s only 5 minutes.
When I have a busy couple of days, I work hard but then I have a few days off.
Sometimes I have easier days when I can do more self-care in the morning and/or evenings and I am more flexible with work.
How do you make sure you are regularly prioritising your mental and physical wellbeing?
I love my mornings.
I always like to spend some time with myself in the morning to practice yoga, do breathwork, eat breakfast and of course, drink my coffee.
Usually, I will go for a walk too. Then I can start doing my work and focus on that.
It’s also important for me to have 1 hour for myself in the evenings too.
As I mentioned before, practising self-care daily, even if it’s just for a little bit, is really important for me. It can be anything from drinking a cup of tea and listening to my favourite podcast or journaling about my feelings and trying to understand them.
I started to go to therapy again a few months ago and it definitely helps me be accountable and take care of myself.
How do you show yourself self-love and self-care? Are there any particular activities you indulge in and what inner work do you do?
I believe somewhere self-love is self-care.
I like to check in with myself every day, how I feel and be kind to myself when I have had a bad day.
Lately, I try to speak to myself as I would to a friend. This really helps me with negative self-talk.
For self-care, I like to have a pamper night with a hot bath and face mask. Then I will sleep a little bit more than usual and listen to my favourite music or watch my favourite series.
These are my go-to mood-lifting rituals.
If I’ve had a couple of bad days in a row, I like to go for a walk and clear out my mind then do some journaling and life planning.
This helps me to focus on what I need to change to feel better.
What is your favourite productivity hack?
Usually, I am the most productive in the morning so I try to do all the urgent to-dos before lunch.
But if I need some extra hours to be productive I like to just zone in, not listen to anything but focus on my work. I also like to set a timer for when I need to finish.
Which self-help or personal development book would you recommend and why?
My new favourite is Working Hard, Hardly Working by Grace Beverly.
I liked it so much because I felt she wrote it in the language of our generation. She also experiences the same struggles as most of us so I could really relate.
To be honest, when I read or listen to self-help books, I prefer to go for something more spiritual.
These are some of my favourites:
These books are ones that I can read again at any time, as they really help me on my self-discovery journey.
What would you say to your 21-year old self?
Just go for it and don’t listen to others. Follow your heart and it will all make sense one day.
And lastly, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Do what you love.
Where to find Jutta
You can also treat yourself to feel good self-care boxes at thesunandmysoul.com.
One last thing…
If you are a health and wellness entrepreneur and would like to collaborate with me on a guest Q&A and reflect on your well-being and self-discovery journey, then please get in touch via my contact form or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.