"Make self care a priority" * #reversebucketlist2017 item 3 ... There was a time when I let stress get the better of me. I wasn't in tune with my body and self care was an aside rather than a must, so by the time I got a massage I was in so much pain I could barely move. Now I'm all about preventing stress and relying on self care tools I have learned and have at the ready when I do get stressed so I don't get to that point. It's all about pushing my re-set button. My work as an editor is deadline driven and stressful by nature, so it's so important to hone in on this and master self care tools, which can be simple five minute things or longer ones that take an hour.... This might be a bath, meditation, breath work, journaling, restorative yoga, yoga Nidra, the Super Sleep Yoga sequence before bed, reframing my thoughts or getting a massage - my all-time fave and always helps me re-set.
I've gotten migraines since I was a little kid, it's a neurological disorder, and what I've found is preventative massage keeps these at bay. I used to maybe get a massage once a month, but as I've committed to making self care a priority, I now make it a point to get massage every two weeks. I've enjoyed a few at the lovely @samsaramindbody where I teach yoga in London, pictured above swipe 👈. Sometimes when I'm travelling a lot this schedule gets thrown off and my body, mind and headaches always let me know it. Other times I'm lucky to go to spas for work and write about them, like the beautiful and serene Four Seasons @fssurfside also pictured above.
For me self care is so much about tuning into the body, learning to listen to it when it's whining a bit so you don't have to hear it scream out in pain, learning how stress and body pain is entirely connected and how we can work with the two together to solve both.
It's always a work in progress, but I've come such a long way. Life feels so much easier now and I no longer let stress get the better of me, it's huge for me to able to say that!
Speaking of which, I'm overdue for a massage because I was away last week, better make an appointment!