Do you find yourself in the same position I’m in? There is a lot going on right now. My life has so. much. change. happening. It’s hard to keep up! Some of it is chosen/intentional and much of it is not. There is the normal everyday change we can’t seem to get away from: new technologies, holiday season, new recipes, new friends, new fashions, new hair, etc. And then there are the big changes: job changes, presidential changes, kids leave home, AND a house change. Go big or go home, right? We should probably start looking for a new truck, too.
While I’m not a brain scientist, I have heard one speak about how the brain functions in response to change and I know enough to know that the amount of change in my life is enough to throw a person for a proverbial loop. Like I said, I chose a lot of this change and I don’t regret it. In fact, I’m quite grateful for it. But change is change. Thanks to Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor, I know that I need to take precautions to protect myself from the negative effects on my system that this amount of change can bring.
My response? Radical Self-Care
I’m intentionally making sure that every, single day I do something big or small (or multiple things) to calm the systems of my body. I have no shame in being aggressive with my efforts to protect myself. Here are some examples of my counter-strike:
- I bought a 2017 State Park Pass – we will enjoy even more time with the trees with this little baby. And trees are my reset. So happy that the new house is also surrounded by them.
- Yoga workshops and classes – how many can I fit in/afford? I don’t know, but throw another one in there!
- Tai Chi – I’ve wanted to try this ancient practice for years and am enjoying it tremendously.
- Bubble Baths – they’ve been a regular part of my life for some time and the relaxation that comes from slipping into the warm bubbles never disappoints.
- Meditation – even 10 minutes can bring benefits.
- Disconnect – turning off the technology can bring a massive relief. I think the effects of how connected we are in this society is a fascinating topic that will provide material for PhD candidates for so many years. While I’m not ready to walk away from it completely, I am trying to find a happy medium (and my love/hate relationship with Facebook could take up so many blog posts). What I do know: the more I disconnect, the more relaxed I feel. So I’m paying attention to that.
- Pranayama – one of the 8 limbs to Patanjali’s yogic path, the breath is one of the simplest ways to regulate your system. Take a moment to notice your breath. How deep is it? How nourishing is it? Slow it down….lengthen it….draw it in deeper. You’ll notice a difference in no time.
- My own yogic offerings – I’m having a lot of fun working on new sequences, new classes, and a few workshops for 2017 (watch for those and JOIN me!!).
- Cleaning toilets (and other things) – what could toilets have to do with self-care?? When there are things happening that you feel you have little/no control over, it often helps to focus your efforts on what you do have control over. I may not have all the answers about what the future holds for us but I can know that we have clean toilets.
Just like the airline stewards tell us…put your own mask on before you help others.
I invite you to join me in radical self-care. Yours may look little different than mine but be intentional with how you care for yourself today. What restores and rejuvenates you? Know it…explore it…practice it. You’re worth it and your world deserves and needs the best ‘you’ you’ve got in there.
The light in me honors the light in you. ~Namaste