As some of you may have noticed, I took a 2 week break from posting to get my mind, body, soul, and spirit back into a more balanced and healthy place!
And although I am still finding my way to the perfect balance everyday, I wanted to get on here and share with you all what I have learned in this 2 weeks hiatus!
Over the course of the past two weeks, I had begun to notice that not only was I lacking in the energy department, but I was lacking in sleep, vibrancy, and zest for life.
This all in part due to me digging myself into a deep hole of comparison and perfectionism, as I would constantly ask myself if I was living each moment in the most productive way possible, beating myself up if I even considered relaxing for as long as the blink of an eye.
Crazy, I know! But it happens to the best of us!
I knew something had to be done, as I had mentally and physically hit a wall and could no longer take another day in this cryptic cycle of self loathing.
So, I decided to get out my pen and paper and rack my brain for everything it had.
The good, the bad, and the oh so ugly truths and thought patterns I had been playing on repeat for the last two weeks.
And when I had finished this writing piece, I had felt relief beyond belief, almost as if a true weight was lifting off of my shoulders, my back, and my chest. And I let out the deepest sign of relief.
What I discovered was the fact that I had become face to face with the ultimate nemesis, burn out herself!
The constant overworking and ignoring myself, my body and my mind for so long had been the ultimate trigger to my downfall.
But now that I understood why I felt the way I did, I needed to figure out how to get myself out of this cave.
So, I did some research by turning into myself and really listening to what my mind and body had been trying to tell me all along, and through reading online and written articles. (If you are interested, I'd be happy to share with you, my line up of resources to help you get your head back in the game, girl!)
From tuning into myself, I realized that I had been neglecting my body by under nourishing and overworking her through substantially unbalancing what should be an even playing field of activity and fuel.
Even though I was still having my regular routine of three full meals a day, I had lost focus of what was important and instead rushing to feed myself in time before my body literally gave out!
So, I turned my focus towards the quality of the food I was consuming rather than mindlessly eating whatever worked in the moment. Making sure to fuel my body with foods with a good balance of vitamins, proteins, healthy fats, carbohydrates, and fiber.
This not only helped me feel more satiated throughout the day, but eased my digestion as well, clearing my mind of the unwanted effects that poor gut health has on the mental psyche.
I also discovered that I had been working myself too hard in relation to how much effort I put in at the gym and how much activity I had done for the rest of the day as well.
I was constantly on my toes, not allowing myself even a second to catch my breath, moving from workout, to evening walk, to cleaning the bathroom, and running around doing so many other countless errands all at once, rather than breaking them down and spreading them across the span of a week, which I now realize is the most optimal way to get things done!
From this discovery, I began to give myself more rest time in-between workouts, going harder when my body had the energy to give, and giving myself a break when I didn’t have the same amount of push I had the day before, as well as, breaking my long to do list of chores into a weekly schedule.
From my outsourced research, I discovered just how important it is to get yourself out of the house and be present in each given moment. Reading articles on the profound effect that being present had on the overall health of many, had made me realize just how much I had been living in my own mind of worries rather than being in the moment.
I realized that I needed to slow down, focus on what was in front of me, and enjoy the moment at hand, as I strived towards cultivating the life I wanted for myself, rather than solely focusing on the end goal and ignoring the journey!
To conclude, I hope that if you are in need of a mind, body, and soul reset, you allow yourself the time to do so, and while you are at it, get out and smell those roses, love! You’ve got this!