Setbacks + Self Care

Earlier this week I shared a really personal story in my newsletter about a sudden setback that I was faced with.  I also shared my own personal strategy for dealing with these types of setbacks. If you want all the juicy dirt, you can sign up for it here.

It’s funny how setbacks seem to come out of nowhere, but it’s how we deal with them that matters most. Sometimes it’s okay to go back to the basics and rebuild the foundation, physical and emotional.

I think we so often feel the need to push through when faced with setbacks, like we have something to prove to the world. No excuses, blah, blah, blah. Personally, I find that mentality nauseating and unrealistic.There are times in life when you have absolutely nothing to prove. As moms we feel like we owe everything to everyone else, but sometimes we owe a little time to ourselves. I’ve spent a bit of time focusing on this lately and come up with a few self-care rituals that work well for me. 

Here are some tiny self care tune ups for the body + mind:

  1. Unplug for an hour – Do WHATEVER you want, as long as it doesn’t include a screen or buttons or wires. I’m finding this one to be totally freeing!
  2. Get outdoors and into nature – Getting a breath of fresh air and a change of scenery helps boost your daily movement and can actually decrease stress levels and balance cortisol.
  3. Check in with your posture – Posture and alignment matter. On a physical level they affect our ability to function tremendously. On an emotional level our posture can actually influence how we feel.
  4. Reconnect with your breath – Our days can be so rushed and stressful that we scarcely take the time to acknowledge our breath. On a physical level our deep core relies on our pelvic floor and diaphragm to work together for support. Our breath and our emotions are unquestionably linked.
  5. Ditch the negative self-talk – You can take a second to do that negative-self talk thing. We ALL do it!  Acknowledge it, and then ditch it. If you know me or work with me, then you know I love visualizations (mostly having to do with your girly parts, but this works too!). A trick that works well for me: visualize a tiny cardboard box, and put your problem in there and close it up. Box that shit, right up.  This can help us see the problem as being more of a realistic size, instead of allowing ourselves to project and inflate it into something that it truly isn’t.
  6. Go on a beauty scavenger hunt.  Intentionally seek out beauty in your every-day.  It could be as simple as a flower blooming in a windowsill or the frothy design on the top of your coffee.  Snap a pic. and file it in a separate folder on your phone to remind yourself of the beauty that surrounds you.

As moms, we’re constantly finding time for everyone else’s well-being. Spending some time on our own physical and emotional self-care is so necessary.  What self-care practices do you build into your life? Please let me know!
xo J

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