It’s deja-vu all over again…
It has been a few weeks since I wrote a blog post and I thought this was the perfect topic to explain why. I’m tired, and my self-care has been slacking.
The last few weeks have been a bit more challenging than most as I’ve been juggling more of the life side of work-life balance. And in the midst of it all, I noticed some of the tale-tell signs of stress manifesting in my body – struggling to fall and stay asleep, hair loss, weight fluctuation. All the things.
I wrote a social media post about a year ago that captured my eye this morning.
Earlier this week, I had a virtual appointment with my holistic doctor. I had some blood work done last month, and we were going over the results. As we started the call, she asked –
Doc: How are you?
Me: I’m great! Things are going well. I’ve continued my photo-nutrient diet, and I’m back in weight training…
Doc: Sacha. Your test results tell me a different story…
I quickly discovered that my body was still in a state of stress. I was a bit confused because I was no longer in a toxic work environment, and I could control how I managed my days. Being an entrepreneur is good stress.
Regardless of the circumstances, your body reacts by releasing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol when stressed. When in a constant state of stress, you can be at high risk of
– sleep problems (me!!)
– weight gain
– memory impairment
My body is sending me a message – don’t just talk about it, be about it. So this Fill My Cup Friday, I’m taking a step back. I’m going to take some time to build in more time to relax, relate, and release.
I encourage you to listen to your body. Take the time you need to check in or check out. Do what you need to do for yourself.
Ugh!!! I need to listen to myself just a bit more…
Recalibrating My Self-Care
The last few weeks have forced me to rethink how I function daily. Oddly, I’ve slipped back into doing ‘all the things’ and running a million miles an hour. And I’m feeling the impacts.
So I’m recalibrating.
What are the things that I absolutely need to fill my cup and are they serving me in the best way?
For the last 4 years, I’ve been in a women’s weight training class. I love the community, and the instructor is extremely motivating. However, since we moved in November, the class that typically took 7 minutes to get to now takes 30 min. The time I had before to transition my mind from work to work out is now a hurried dash to change and get out the door.
Is this added element of stress serving me well? I don’t think so.
In an effort to stay active and challenge my body, I found a class that’s 12 minutes away… but at 7 am. I’m definitely not a morning person, but I’ve found this class to be a great way to start my day, which frees up my evenings to focus on the family.
Finding what works for you
This episode with Steff Gallante discusses what self-care is, how we can find what works for us, and the key to being consistent in our self-care practices.
I hope you find it helpful and continue refining your self-care practices to serve you best.
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