Self Care Sabbatical…
I can’t believe it’s April already!
I don’t know about you, but the first few months of 2018 have been a whirlwind for me so far. Between coaching clients, traveling, mentoring functional health practitioners, launching a new program and last minute releasing the Seasonal Cleanse Challenge I’m feeling pooped!
One of the biggest lessons I learned from having Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune thyroid disorder) was to slooowww dooowwnnn, way more than I ever thought I needed to.
As a typical type-A success junkie, the art of slowing down wasn’t easy for me at first. The thought of doing nothing sometimes makes me want to crawl out of my skin.
But in order to heal my body, I had to learn how to be different.
Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity, after all.
I had to learn how to not care as much about what others thought, how it would look if I didn’t meet my own expectations, how to slow down and let go a LOT more.
As soon as I started putting this into practice, I had more time to take care of me, my body responded generously and I was in remission with Hashimoto’s in less than 6 months.
Sometimes we think we are taking good care of ourselves because we are “the healthiest person we know” or because “we do more for ourselves” than others do.
But the word “healthy” is relative by definition.
On a physiological and biological level, we are all unique. As a result, we all have different adaptability and various levels of vitality available to us at any given moment.
Because of this, what one person needs to create better health can look completely different than what someone else might need.
When I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, a friend asked me, “are you mad this happened to you? Because you’re the healthiest person I know.”
Sure, I could have been upset, but instead I chose to recognize that although I was practicing a healthier lifestyle than most people, my body needed more from me.
As a result of having Hashimoto’s, I now have a different perspective of how much self-care I need in order to maintain my health, and what self-care means to me.
In today’s world, it can be way too easy to get swept up in stress, to weigh ourselves down with responsibility, and to forget to take time for ourselves. I have struggled in my own life to master my self-care, and I know that you struggle too, which is why I think it’s so important to pass on what I’ve learned from my experiences whenever I can.
As I look forward into April, my plate is piled high with two conferences, more travel and the launch of two new programs.
So needless to say, I’ve evaluated where I can slow down and where I can’t, so I’ll be taking little blogging sabbatical for self-care!
And the timing couldn’t be better.
I’ll be participating in my own Seasonal Cleanse Challenge that I just rolled out so I can stay focused on my self-care, and there are some great resources coming down the pipeline to help you continue your health journey while I take a little time for myself.
One of the first resources I have for you this month is the Live Your Layered Life: Discover the secrets to self-care in your Mind, Body, and Home!
I was recently invited to participate in an interview for this series that runs April 6th-26th. I’m so excited to be a part of this, and I think you will love it!
This online interview series is hosted by my long-time friend Suzanne Choplin, the founder of CAKE Lifestyle. Suzanne and I worked as personal trainers way back in the day together. I helped Suzanne train for her first fitness competition, and we both laugh now at how irresponsible we were with our health and bodies in order to cut fat and gain muscle.
Like me, Suzanne struggled for years with her health and happiness. Through her own personal challenges and experiences, she has discovered that adopting a positive mindset, taking care of one’s body, and creating a healthy, supportive environment are the stepping stones to a vibrant and meaningful life! This revelation has made such an impact on her own life that she has made it her mission to share the importance of self-care with the world!
In the Live Your Layered Life: Discover the secrets to self-care in your Mind, Body, and Home! series, you will be hearing from me and many other experts as we discuss:
- Loving who you are in this very moment, not just who you want to be.
- How complete health goes beyond your gym routine.
- How to nourish your body to flourish in life.
- Altering your outlook to occupy a more positive mindset.
- How organizing your space can improve other areas of your life.
- Creating habits to support your large-scale goals.
- How to stay on track and stay motivated.
In this week’s video and blog I talk more about why I’m taking a self-care sabbatical, plus I share a sneak peak of my Live Your Layered Life interview.
My mission is to support busy, health-mind professionals like you in taking back control of your health by giving you access to the right lab tests and resources to find the missing pieces of your health puzzle so you can actually fix what is wrong and get back to feeling like yourself again (or for the very first time!).
So, I hope you take advantage of Live Your Layered Life interview series for insights from myself and other experts about resources that might help you improve your health relative to where you are today.
And don’t worry, I’m not leaving you completely hanging while I take a little blog sabbatical this month for my self-care.
My weekly emails will just be a bit shorter than usual. I’ve got plenty of resources lined up with tips, tools, resources and motivational content from credible sources to help you continue on your health journey over the next few weeks, so expect to still get an email from me that will just be slightly shorter and different than usual.
In the meantime, if you need any 1:1 support to find the missing pieces to your health puzzle so you can get back to feeling like yourself again, please feel free to schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me here today!