February is the month of love, but no one said it can’t be SELF love! Taking good care of yourself is one way to honor your mind, body and spirit. It replenishes you so that you can continue to do your work and show up as your best self in the world.
Unfortunately, self care tends to get pushed to the bottom of the list. Work, family needs and other responsibilities fill up the day if there’s no designated Me Time. Vacation days get squandered. And, our devices come with us everywhere we go. There’s no rest.
If you’re struggling with adrenal fatigue, overwhelm or exhaustion, it’s time to reprioritize yourself. Putting rest and recuperation at the top of your list might feel indulgent or scary, but it is a necessary step to getting your life back.
Whether you have 10 minutes or 10 days to devote to yourself, make your well-being a top priority and give one of these practices a try.
Leave your phone behind or turn it off. I keep my phone on airplane mode unless I’m expecting a call and it’s amazing how much more focused and energized I feel when I’m not tempted to mindlessly scroll, even for a few minutes.
Take a break in nature. Whether it’s a short walk or a 4-day camping trip, be all there. The natural world is full of colors and shapes that are pleasing to the eye. Fresh air clears the mental cobwebs. Use your senses to immerse yourself in the moment. (And... leave your phone behind.)
After you unplug from what the outside world is trying to impress upon you, it’s time to plug back into yourself. Grab a pen and paper and start writing about what feeds you and what drains you. Is there something you love that you haven’t been making time for? Likewise, is there something you do regularly that saps your energy? Maybe it’s time to rearrange your choices.
We are growing and changing all the time. The decisions you made last year might be outdated now. Is your soul asking you to try something different? Like any relationship, you’ll be stronger if you take time to know yourself (again and again).
Feeling stressed or in a funk? Dance it out. Good tunes and a few dance moves can really shift energy. This is not the time for a heartbreak playlist. Choose music that makes you feel uplifted! If inspiration is lacking, hop on Spotify and browse playlists until you find something that perks you up.
Hire a Professional
You don’t have to go it alone. We are responsible for our own healing but there will be times when you need professional advice. So buy yourself a package of acupuncture sessions, see a therapist or hire a wellness coach. Having a regular appointment and someone to offer guidance means you’ll be more likely to follow through on your intention to heal. Invest in your well-being and your growth.
Legs Up the Wall
This is my go-to yoga pose for those tired-but-wired evenings. When 10 p.m. rolls around and you catch a second wind despite being exhausted, it’s a likely sign of adrenal fatigue. Help your nervous system relax by resting your legs up against the wall while taking deep, rhythmic belly breaths. Try this for 10 minutes before bedtime each night to unwind.
If you’re a lover of literature or period dramas (Bridgerton counts, right?), you know that doctors used to send patients to the seaside to convalesce. Pushing through prolonged stress without taking time to fully recover eventually leads to burnout. Set aside one day a week to do… nothing! Give your mind-body-spirit the time it needs to grow strong again. Seaside visit is optional but fresh air is highly recommended.