Over the holidays I had a really hard time taking care of myself in a way that makes me feel vibrant. It is such a busy time of year, especially when caring for a toddler (even after I said “no” to many extra responsibilities).
I’ve been feeling lethargic and “blah”. I also haven’t been practicing yoga with much regularity since the holidays set in (and eating a lot of holiday goodies 😉 )
I got myself to bed by 9 on Sunday night and set my alarm for 5 (ouch!). I got up and got on my yoga mat in my pajamas. About 10 minutes into my practice, as my body was warming up and I was flowing through poses, I felt SO GOOD. I was reminded of how great it feels to take this time to myself in the morning before everyone wakes up. I vow to get to bed early and wake up early to get on my mat 3 mornings a week. This may not happen every week (things always change with a toddler around haha!), but I am setting the intention.
Where can you get some more yoga into your life? What can you do to fill your well and feel good?
I had an experience last weekend that reminded me of how hard it is as a mom to get out and spend money and time on ourselves.
It was Sunday morning and my husband said “hey, why don’t you go to a yoga class today?” I instantly said “yes! that would be awesome!”
BUT when it came time to actually get myself out the door (and thereby commit to going) I felt guilty. Guilty that he would have to spend part of HIS ‘me time’ (watching football games) caring for our son, guilty that I was about to spend all this time just to myself and not be productive (there is the never ending pile of laundry/food prep/etc that could always use some attention), and guilty that I was spending money on myself when that money could go to something fun for our family to enjoy together.
I started making excuses for why I couldn’t go. But then I remembered. When I take care of myself, I feel great. And when I feel great I am a much nicer mom and wife to be around. So, I pushed myself out the door. I gave my son a big kiss and hug, gave my husband a big kiss and hug, and said “I’ll see you in a few hours”. And even though it was HARD to leave, I did it.
After a few hours, I returned home feeling rejuvenated and ready to be a mom and wife again. I was patient with my son again as he asked me to pick him up (for possibly the 500th time that day ) and I enjoyed the little moments of the evening (because I was more present after taking a yoga class and slowed my monkey mind down).
I felt inspired to share this with you because I totally understand how hard it is to take care of yourself because I go through it too! Please take time for yourself doing something you love; because you deserve it.