I share this story of falling, relearning and rising in hopes that you can avoid the same pitfalls as well as grow, or deepen, your love affair with the practice of self-care.
At the same time I received a text from my friend out in Cali, reading ‘You’re killing it! It looks like everything is going so good!,’ I was broken inside. One month into our remodel, I recognized Luke hadn’t taken anytime to do CrossFit because he would go straight from work to working on projects at the duplex. This made me feel guilty that I was taking time for yoga and meditation. So I stopped practicing because it was only temporary till the remodel was over and then I would get back into my routine.
Then the arguments and fast food increased, while my energy and capacity to go with the flow of ups and downs decreased. Of course I defended this state of operating for awhile. The justification being that we moved across the country, I hadn’t had my own room for over three months, I was living with my in-laws in a new town, my husband took on a demanding new role, we were remodeling, I was trying to build a business.
It’s almost impressive how quickly one can revert back to old behaviors and ways of thinking. Two weeks of not practicing, and I was acting like an insecure teenager again. Not sure if it was the harsh, but honest feedback from my husband, the support of friends, or the stereotypical inspirational Instagram quote reading, ‘you have to be at your strongest when you feel your weakest,’ but there was a lightbulb moment from ‘everything is so hard’ to ‘I got this!’ My consciousness came back online. I remembered all the growth I had experienced, the self-care, the internal tools, and most importantly, what yoga gives me. For me, yoga is what fills me up with the spirit of health and happiness. It’s what shifts the negative self-talk into self-love and possibility. It’s the time and space where I empty out the anxiety, tension and then rebuild. It’s where I strengthen my body and mind to be there for my husband, co-workers, friends, family, and students in the way they deserve.
So, yep, so I fell down, but guess what? I realized it, in a much short timer period than previously, and it was an opportunity to relearn the invaluable benefits of self-care and compassion. Being a human requires practicing both, because life will continute to provide ups and downs, and it does take consistent effort to ride those waves like a healthy, happy champ!
This is were this post gets real good 🙂
In order to show-up in a STRONGER, HEALTHIER, HAPPIER way, not just for ourselves but for others as well, the PALM + PINE team is committing to at least 20 minutes of daily self-care for the rest of the month [September also happens to be National Month of Yoga]. Knowing that we all do better with accountability, encouragement and a supportive community – we’re asking you to join and we want to reward you for showing up BIG!
For every picture you post following the below guidelines between today and September 30th, you will be entered into a drawing to win 1 item from our eco-friendly apparel line that is debuting at the end of the month + other goodies from our partners!
The gist of the self-care challenge:
- Post a picture on FB or Instagram of you remembering to make the time for self-care.
What does self-care look like? Borrowing a few lines from a recent article in Yoga Journal that explains how the wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra can help you practice better self-care, “Self-care is preventative medicine. It’s this idea that living a long and healthy life is a proactive process, not just taking care of ourselves when we’re sick. It speaks to the idea that suffering in all senses — physical, emotional and psychological — can actively be prevented by the choices we make today. ” So maybe it’s a picture of a walk in the park, yoga, CrossFit, a nap, meditating, a delicious salad, using essential oils, hiking – there are lots of possibilities!
- Like/Follow PALM + PINE on FB and Instagram
- Tag PALM + PINE
- Tag 2 people you want to encourage to make time for self-care
Let’s do this! Let’s make time daily to care for our wellbeing so we can show up BIG for others!
Here’s to remembering to practice self-care, be kind, kick ass, and do good 🙂