When I first started practicing, it seemed a bit easier to run until my gas ran out. Literally, I could get away with running on empty. I could work long hours and just keep going. That was my jam, doing so much I couldn't walk anymore. 🏃♀️
I had such a vision for what I wanted to create for my practice. I was set out on a mission to heal the world through chiropractic, and I would do anything and everything I needed to reach as many people as possible. Bring it on world, here I am! I've shown up, and I am ready to serve. 🙌
And then I became a mom, and it got a little bit tougher.
It got a little bit harder to run on empty. In fact, even running on a quarter tank became a challenge.
I think I learned in my mid-30s, when my boys were both under the age of three, that self-care was imperative if I was to run my practice successfully.
Not only did I need to figure out the balance of self-care and giving care, but I also needed to start becoming proactive about taking care of myself.
In my early 30s, going to the gym was more about fun and community than maintaining my energy levels. However, as I moved into my later 30s, it somehow switched. Working out, eating well, and taking my supplements were no longer optional. They were the necessities of everyday life if I was going to take care of my kids and my practice, be present for my husband, give great care, and have time left over for friendships and community connections.
I had to take the time to move my body, take care of my body, and fuel my body correctly. It had really changed over the course of that decade; it went from really not thinking about self-care at all to self-care being an imperative piece of the puzzle.💪
These days, as I approach 50, I realize that self-care can take on many different forms.
I get that self-care can look different. I get that my relationship to self-care will continue to change.
These days, self-care looks like exercising every day. No exceptions to this.
Every day, I move my body to the point of sweat.
These days, self-care looks like proper hydration.
These days, self-care looks like meal prepping, which I don't always do, but when I don't do it, I feel it, and the consequences aren't pretty - I don't like the way that I react. It seems that my fuse is just that much shorter.
These days, self-care looks like getting adjusted at least once every couple of weeks.
These days, self-care looks like journaling and reading and spending quality time with the people who matter most to me. 🥰
While I miss the days when self-care wasn't so imperative, I also really treasure these days too.
I treasure that deep knowing that I have for how to care for myself so that I could care for others. It's crucial to recognize that finding a balance between taking care of oneself and others is essential for success. Check out our Facebook Group to learn more!
It took me a while to learn this lesson, but it's one that has become increasingly important over time.
Please see this week's live training to learn more about self-care and practice. 👇