Self-care, hmmmm. If I have to define it, well, for me it means “let it flow.”
I’m all about living the “clean life” but sometimes it can be difficult and you can lose your way. For instance, I’m just getting back to my self-care practices after realizing I have let things go due to traveling and really digging deep into how I want to create the best life possible.
Here’s my current self-care story…
Even though summer is just beginning and I’m stoked about being outside, winding down a bit from life, and being more social, I’m feeling vulnerable.
I’m happy, then sad, then confused, then optimistic.
I haven’t been able to put a finger on what’s going on inside of me. Summer is supposed to be fun, laid back and easy, but I’m feeling vulnerable, sensitive (well, I’m always that), and emotional. Feeling kinda raw, actually.
I want to blame my moodiness on the end of the school year. My schedule is doing a big flip with the kids home for summer vacation.
How am I going to get all my work done each day?
What activities should I plan so they aren’t bored and hanging onto me while I work?
Am I going to be able to fit in exercise while my kids are in camp? Or should I go back to early morning workouts?
How do I take care of myself so I don’t let habits slide? Can I handle all this change? Where do I go from here?
I feel this way each year, but this time, dang, I’m really feeling it. Can you relate? Are you feeling emotions strongly too?
“The summer solstice is here. We might as well call this the Summer of Water. We’re going to be swimming in the ocean of our own feelings, intuitive impressions and nebulous longings over the next few weeks and months.
The emotional body finally has permission to let stuff come up and out. Now is the time for a great release…All the junk that got pushed down or brushed to the side is about to make itself known.
There’s a cleansing happening.
We’re here in these bodies in part to feel it all…The new can’t take root until the old is cleared. Let it all come up and out.
Nurturing is essential. This is the key to weathering the storm. Find healthy ways to sooth frayed nerves. Implement radical self care in ways you never dared to before. Love yourself like no one has ever loved you. That’s another gift emerging from this process…the ability to love with renewed depth and willingness.
Fierce love never felt so right.”
Aha! I get it now. So I can blame it on the stars.
And I’m realizing that my self-care has gone out the window lately. Going on a trip, re-entering life at home, jet lag, not making it to the gym, skipping meals…
Getting back to routines, well, not happening much. So it makes sense about my mood.
Another aha moment!
The more I add in my healthy self-care habits, the better I will feel. Even though I know and preach this, it’s easy to forget when life changes gears.
One way to really get back in touch with my body is to feed it whole, real foods. Going back to the basics helps with the flow.
Since it is so hot lately, I like to drink my food (and the air conditioner is broken at my house!). Adding in some green goodness gives me an energy boost and helps balance things out inside. I’m feeling better already. My cells, my body remembers how good it feels.
Here’s the smoothie I made with kale, hemp protein and fruit. Try this and let me know if you dig it as much as I do.
Sunshine Power Smoothie
2 cups almond milk (unsweetened, original)
1 bunch kale leaves (1 cup) – use stems for an extra boost
1 orange, peeled
1 mango, peeled
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseeds
2 Tbsp. hemp protein powder (Nativas Naturals brand)
Blend all ingredients and serve.
Makes 16 oz. (appr.)
*This smoothie will give you TONS of energy. A fantastic way to show yourself some fierce love.
What is ONE self-care habit you can’t live without? Share with me.
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