RELAX * REJUVENATE * RESTORE
It wasn’t long after my open heart surgery did I realize something needed to change in my life. I lay there in the hospital bed, albeit in physical pain, it was the emotional pain I needed to fix. In the solitude and quiet, my mind was undistracted and that allowed me to focus on my life. Sad and anxiety-ridden thoughts were at the forefront.
I found the time at the hospital enlightening, even though it was hard to face these thoughts, I dug deep. Resting in isolation gave me space to turn the mirror on myself and truly evaluate my life without filters because I wasn’t distracted by the chaos of everyday life. I went over and over things in my mind and knew I needed to change how I was living.
Up until that point, I was overwhelmed with so much to do that I forgot to take care of myself. My priority was my family and my interior design business. As a parent and business owner, it’s easy to put yourself on the back burner. I had no time to relax or, more precisely, I didn’t make time for relaxation and self-care. While in the hospital, I discovered how far back the burner was because I got sick, really sick and needed an army to take care of things I had been doing for the last couple of years.
After recovery from the surgery, I returned to normal life, and things picked up again. Old patterns and habits reemerged. Relaxation was nowhere to be found, but the fear of illness reminded me to stop and think. It was then I knew it was time to adjust so I could find time to relax and able to stay connected with myself and not overwhelm my life again…but "how" was the question.
I searched my memory as to when I was able to relax. There must be an activity or hobby that I enjoyed that allowed me to slow the mind down and unknot all of life’s distractions. I decided to go to a yoga class. I practiced off and on in my 20's and early 30's. I always felt I could unwind and take a break with a yoga lesson. So I went to my local YMCA and took that first step onto a path of self-care.
The class ended, and I felt an inkling of peace. I came back to dig deeper and tap into the stress-relief I felt. I ended up coming to classes on a regular basis and soon signed up for a teacher training because I wanted to learn more. Within a few months, I felt lighter, more patient and stronger, especially on the inside.
Finally, I was taking care of myself which in turn allowed me to relax, find inner peace so I could to re-prioritized my life to handle life’s stresses. With that, I learned that I didn’t need to be a superhero and do everything myself. Plus, I let go of things that weren’t serving me. The peace of that brought balance to my life and my family.
Today, I help others to learn how to take a break and find a source to relaxation helping them with anxiety reduction and stress relief with a combination of yoga and Thai yoga massage and massage therapy.
Do you put yourself last for your family, business or others? When was the last time you took a break and focused on self-care? Take a moment and realize that it takes courage, resilience, and support to implement changes to enhance your life. You just need to take the first step and learn to slow down and breathe. Come work with me and learn how.