Hey guys! I'm loving our theme this month as a reminder to handle all the different ways of self care.
September is National Self-Care Awareness Month #septemberselfcarewithspoonfedtrauma
Hearing the term "self care" back in the day used to make me roll my eyes- I mean I didn't have time to sit and do a face mask or relax in a bath, my life is constantly on the go!
It wasn't until 2019 that I began to appreciate the various ways of self-care, and also to really understand the true meaning of it.
For me, exercise became my main area of self care. I had always wanted to learn how to properly utilize weights, but I was so intimidated. I mustered up enough courage to go thru with contacting a trainer so I could learn how to properly use the machines in the gym. My first session with her was totally grueling and made me take about 10 steps backwards mentally! She asked me my plan for days when we weren't training together and my thought was "what do you mean?? I have ZERO plans of any physical activity!" Well... that made me put myself in check. That mindset was the one I was trying to get away from. I remembered I wanted NEW goals, I wanted to be strong. And in developing my exercise routine, unbeknownst to me, I began a routine of having an hour to hour and a half of "me time". I dropped my youngest off at the daycare in the gym and got to zone out with some music of MY choice, tune into MY body, and make MY goals happen! I began to get those endorphins everyone talks about and then it became a true form of a healthy mental reset for me on the daily.
But, life changes and I went thru a while where with our moving I didn't have that time set aside for myself, and it really began to wear on me! So I invested in some of my favorite equipment to be able to do home workouts.
I am currently making it a goal to do home work-outs 4-5 days a week. I get up before everyone else and I have an hour to just tune into ME. It sets a great tone to my day and reminds me of how important it is to invest in myself!
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