A few months ago I began having stomach issues. Everything hurt my stomach and the pain was constant. I self-medicated for far too long, and finally decided to see a doctor. After several tests and discussions, my doctor determined that my stomach issues were due to stress. Easy enough to treat, right? She immediately suggested I start yoga and meditation.
Sometimes things come along that make you take a good, hard look at yourself, and this was one of them. J said I was one of the hardest-working people he’s ever met, and I’m not sure it was a compliment. We glorify busyness, don’t we?
As a high-strung lady, mediation and yoga have really never been on my radar. But my health forced me to step back and make some changes. Here’s how I’m trying to relax and take care of myself:
Turns out I listened to my doctor. I’ve always said that I don’t need to be in my own head, but J convinced me to download the “Calm” app and it’s been life-changing. It only takes a couple of minutes a day – spend a few less minutes on Instagram and focus on your well-being.
I dedicate only a short amount of time to yoga a day, but I can see more in my future. I do cardio and weights workouts in the morning, but have been trying to incorporate at least a few minutes of yoga and stretching throughout the day. Even a little bit helps.
Less time on social media is good for us all. It can be hard to step back when you’re trying to create a business or build a platform, but it’s absolutely necessary. For me, this also means taking a break from the news. There’s a difference in being informed and becoming obsessed. I have to take a break from Twitter and Facebook specifically. Your entire body will thank you.
Since I got back in a workout routine I’ve had no stomach problems. It helps my sleep and my diet and my mind. Even if you can’t convince yourself to work out for weight loss, remind yourself how good it is for your entire being.
Focus on You
I think a lot of women are people-pleasers and put everyone else before themselves. This behavior does nothing but wear you down. Take a step back. Watch your favorite television shows. Read a good book. Take a bath. Apply a face mask. Color. Have a glass of wine with a friend. Watch a holiday movie. Take a walk. Say no. Make alone time a priority.
We’re all supposed to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night, but that’s not a reality for most of us. It certainly hasn’t been for me the past few years! But lately I’ve made sleep a priority. I wake up at 5:00 every morning to exercise, so I am almost always in bed by 10:00. I’m a light sleeper so I have to work a little harder: I diffuse lavender oil, wear a sleep mask, use a sound machine, and blast my fan. It’s not easy, but I’ve been sleeping wonderfully the past month. I also drink nighttime tea, and will take a melatonin or Benadryl if I’m having trouble winding down (my doctor suggested it so I feel comfortable). Set a bedtime alarm on your phone. Make your bedroom a sanctuary. Put down the phone. You’ll never regret getting a good night’s sleep.
Tell me: how do you relax and focus on yourself? Share your tips below!