It’s 1:00pm on Sunday. After walking four miles this morning, I sat down to do some planning for my business and website when I felt like I needed to check-in with my body. That’s when I noticed that I can feel tension in my shoulders and my jaw. The tension I was feeling means I am still thinking and running at 100 miles per hour even though I am halfway through my third day off from work. This long weekend has not offered me much time for rest or self care.
As I reflect back on last week, I was busy straight up until 10:00pm last night. Work, school, personal business development, coaching calls, doctors appointments including PT for my jaw, and a trip to Philly got jammed into six days. Perhaps I was too busy and that’s why my brain isn’t slowing down and giving me rest. As I was reflecting on my week, I heard it. I heard my intuition. I heard my intuition speak up and tell me to unplug and let go this afternoon because my body needed rest and my mind needs to slow down.
Through my studies to be an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach this past year, I’ve learned to check-in with my mind, body and spirit. I’ve learned to be more conscious of the subtle messages my body is sending me. Historically, thinking and running myself into the ground and not taking proper care of myself is where I’ve gotten myself into trouble. When I don’t listen to the messages my body is offering me and give my mind, body and spirit space to slow down for rest and self-care, my body breaks down with sickness or injury.
In that moment of self-awareness, I consciously made a different choice for myself today. I put away my business planner. I stretched my back out. I rolled my shoulders and took a deep breath. I put on comfy clothes and my UGG slippers. I made my favorite flavored decaf coffee and I snuggled up on the sofa with my blanket and pillow. After I am done writing this post, I will be watching movies all day because it requires no thought or energy. It’s a passive activity; exactly what my body needs today.
As I look at my calendar for next week, my schedule is not as crazy as last week. Wednesday is my birthday. Although I can’t go away for my birthday this year, I am taking off from work and going to the Red Door Spa for a Facial and Pedicure. As for today, it’s movie day 🙂
This is your reminder to check-in with your mind, body and spirit. Learn to slow down long enough for you to recognize your intuition when it’s talking to you and reminding you to take care of yourself. Self care is not selfish; it’s essential.
In the coming week, I plan to offer a post about using High Mileage Questions as an effective way to prompt folks including clients, students, employees or friends to open up to you during conversations. Look for that post later this week. In case you missed my last post, I posted a love poem on Friday. Poetry is one way I express my creativity and holistically take care of spirit. You can see my Post Categories at the bottom of the Right Sidebar Area. You can always scroll down to see my last seven posts or here’s a direct link to my most recent poem.
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