Do you have kids? Do you have a demanding job? Do you study? Are you in a relationship? Or maybe you have kids, a demanding job, you study AND you’re in a relationship. Needless to say you work hard and give from the morning until the time that you go to bed your energy to what’s important to you. Often times there’s little to no time or energy left to do something for yourself and you wish there were more hours in a day. Sounds familiar? Yes for me too, I don’t have kids yet but my days are packed. I admit I love being busy, It makes me feel like superwoman when I manage to get the max out of my day (work/study/social life) And especially when things go well; it boosts my energy and I’ll do even more. I sometimes think my energy is infinite, even when I’m tired I push through, I go to bed late, wake up early again and do that over and over again until my body is ready to shut me down.
When I don’t listen to the signs my body’s giving me to slow down it will pull the plug eventually. And what better way to stop me then getting the flu? Saturday evening I walked across the Williamsburg bridge and went to do AT&T store to get some information on a phone plan. As the representative is talking to me I feel the chills running from my tailbone to the back of my neck, suddenly my energy is gone and I feel completely spaced out. Oh noooo… I know this feeling, this is not good; It’s time to go home. I cancelled my evening appointment and went straight to bed with a good amount of vitamin supplements: Oregano, garlic, goldenseal and l drank lots of water with Apple Cider Vinegar (antibacterial properties)
After ten hours of sleep I woke up feeling much better already, just felt a bit weak.. Normally I would continue the weekend as if nothing had happened but this time I listened to my body and took it easy. I was so grateful that my body recovered overnight that I decided to give my body a gift. The gift of massage:
I booked a 90 minute massage, and it was incredible. The massage therapist was super intuitive and went straight to the knots. It was intense and had to bring my breath to where it was tight and sore. His hands were like a pizza dough roller on my body; getting rid of all the stress I was holding on too. And a bonus ; a s small bone in my shoulder popped back into place when he massaged my shoulder, which relieved the tension. Boy I must say this was the best massage of my life! I promise myself to go once a month at least instead of twice a year..:)
It’s not selfish to think about your needs, it’s an act of self love. When you take time to recharge your batteries you’ll be able to give more too. At work you’ll be more productive, you’ll be a better friend and partner by investing time in yourself. It’ s well worth it! Treat yourself on a massage, go have a fun night out, go for a run, do that yoga class you’ve been wanting to do. Do something just for you. The laundry can wait, and yes switching your phone of for a bit sounds like a good idea 😉