Taking my own advice: care

taking care by taking my own advice

I guess it happens to everyone at some point. Somewhere along the way, you forget to actually DO all the things you go on and on about. At least this happens for me sometimes. Every now and then, I get so caught up in all the things I love about life that I kind of forget about those little things that go a long way toward me feeling my best. It’s been a really long time since this has happened though. I mean, I’ve been on a streak of taking good care of myself for years. I thought I was past the point of falling off the wagon of caring well for my body.

But it happened again.

I had been going along, living my life, and everything *seemed* to be ok. I was enjoying teaching classes and leading trainings, workshops, and online courses. I mean, I honestly LOVE my life!

So, I didn’t really notice when it all started. I don’t even know what the first clues were.

All I know is, all of a sudden, I didn’t really feel like myself anymore. I felt old, and my muscles were all tight, and even some things I really enjoy, like going for a long walk, became very cumbersome.

I realized that I had let go of something I talk about ALL THE TIME! I mean, I literally talk about this aspect of yoga and holistic care several times a week with students, friends, and family. But somehow, I managed to forget to do it FOR MYSELF.

You want to know what it is?

Self-care.

I mean, I was still *kind of* doing the things. I was still starting my mornings with meditation and tea. I was still going to yoga class and having coffee with friends. I was still getting massages regularly.

But I had stopped deeply listening to what my body was SAYING. I was missing those little cues that my body gave me telling me it needed MORE. More rest. More attention. More care.

So, here I am. Listening to my body and DOING something about it! I started a protocol with my Ayurvedic Practitioner that has had AMAZING results in the last few weeks. I have enrolled myself in a 6 week program of chiropractic care and physical therapy, along with my own at-home exercises and foam rolling. And all of a sudden, I feel 15 years younger! I have started LISTENING to my body again and responding accordingly.

It’s funny how it can be so easy to let things that are so important fall by the wayside. Thankfully, a little thoughtful implementation goes a LONG WAY to restoring balance and ease in the body.

I’d like to invite you to take a few moments to really listen to YOUR body. Do you fell well? Are there areas you have been ignoring? Do you know where to start?

I cover some great tips for starting points in this article: Is your body saying, “No”? And some thoughts about inner and outer balance in this video: Are you balanced?

I’m always here to help! If you’d like a little guidance from a fellow-traveler, give me a shout and let’s schedule a 30-minute call to see how Holistic Coaching and Yoga Therapy can help YOU!