Beginning today, I have nearly two weeks off. My plans, such as they are, focus on getting good and grounded. Recently, I have been busier than I think I’ve ever been. I always have a pang of guilt saying that since I am only responsible for me. When I look at my friends who are working moms, I can’t imagine how they fit in a few hours of sleep let alone any type of self-care. So the fact that I feel over-scheduled just taking care of myself seems awfully self-indulgent.
And the kind of busy I’ve been is the really good kind. I am so lucky that I get to do a lot of what I love – teaching yoga, practicing yoga, going on yoga retreats (are you sensing a theme?). But the bottom line is that doing all of this and having a “day job” as well as other “grown-up responsibilities” has left me feeling a bit depleted. My mind, already prone to racing, goes a million miles a minute. And even before the holidays, my nutrition was a sad state of affairs. I often eat well past nine in the evening and have no desire to cook; it’s been a pretty beige affair (i.e. pre-packaged and carb-loaded).
To get back on track, I am using this staycation to re-set and re-charge. Here’s what’s on my list for the next two weeks:
- Detoxing. I’m going to get really real here: I eat a lot of sugar all year long. It’s the devil and I am deep in its thrall. In fact, I’m probably only eating marginally more of it now that it’s the holidays. But, because I am eating less of the good stuff to balance it out, I feel particularly icky. To counter that, I plan to finally make it a daily habit to drink hot lemon water every morning. I am also breaking out my juicer and actually putting to use the produce that I buy (as opposed to letting it go bad and composting it as has been my habit of late) by imbibing a green beverage every day.
- Cooking. I’ve been eating out too much and “treating” myself to lots of things that aren’t necessarily a treat for my body. Over the next few weeks, I plan to get back in the kitchen and back to eating the way I know I feel best – less dairy, gluten and my beloved/loathed sugar and more greens, whole grains and water.
- Meditating. I already meditate most days, but I’ve plateaued at 15 minutes. And those 15 minutes often end up being more what I refer to as “silent list making time” than meditating. Over the next two weeks, I am going to try some new meditation practices as my old standby mantra doesn’t seem to be serving me at the moment. Perhaps something else will jump start progress with my neural pathways.
- Yoga-ing. That goes without saying, of course!
- Spending time by myself. No one would ever describe me as being shy and retiring. Quite the contrary; I am, outwardly, the definition of an extrovert. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more of an introverted extrovert. Parties and being around large groups of people tend to exhaust me quickly. Being alone is my sanctuary, but something I haven’t done enough of recently.
- Not feeling guilty. I used to be quite expert at being a sloth. A day spent in bed reading was a regular occurrence. Lately, I haven’t been able to do that without the accompanying guilt, feeling like I need to get things crossed of my to-do list. But I am going to make it a point to carve out one or two days over the next few weeks where the only thing on my to-do list is to not do anything on my to-do list.
- Letting go of FOMO. I’m going to say “no” a little more over these few weeks. It may mean opting out of some festivities. And, no doubt, I’ll struggle with guilt and fear-of-missing-out. But my goal, entering into 2015, is to be more grounded and balanced. And that means setting boundaries.
That’s my plan. But I don’t imagine I’m the only one feeling low on spiritual reserves right now. So, how will you be taking care of yourself as 2014 rolls to a close?