September is for Self-Care

Hello everyone! I hope that you all had an absolutely fabulous holiday weekend. I know that I did! It is rare for me to get two days off in a row, and I took full advantage of them! I went to the beach, rode bikes along the boardwalk, miraculously avoided a sunburn, cuddled with the pup, and tried out a Kava tea lounge for the first time! It was a spontaneous and relaxing weekend.

Hanging out with one of the roomies on Labor Day. We all need to take a note out of Salem's book on how to relax.
Hanging out with Salem on Labor Day. We all need to take a note out of her book on how to relax.

As nice as it was, a day off always leaves me feeling behind. If I’m being honest, I’ve felt behind for the past six months- and that’s a conservative estimate.

First, there was the new job and the new schedule. There was the adjusting to an exhausting commute that took two hours each way, to and from work, via public transportation. Then, there was the buying of the new car and all the lovely headaches that come along with such a purchase, and the kissing goodbye to every penny of my savings. August was the icing on the cake, culminating in the kickoff of my seasonal job with the San Diego Chargers, a best friend’s wonderful wedding weekend, and the start of an online class.

Whew.

In all of my busy-bee-ness, my fitness regimen has fallen by the wayside. And when I say it has fallen by the wayside, I mean to say that it is completely non-existent.

It is so easy to sacrifice ourselves, our time, and our bodies for something or someone else.

I think it is time for me to get back to the basics and make physical wellness a top priority. I must re-focus on taking care of my body and nurturing my spirit to give myself the attention I’ve been sorely lacking since I got too wrapped up in the whirlwind of life.

You see, I get so distracted with taking care of all the things I think I absolutely must do in each day, I forget to incorporate the things that my body needs to thrive. I’m so busy taking care of everything else, I’ve been forgetting to take care of myself. Without even realizing it, I have let myself become second priority.

But don’t you worry! I have a solution, and the solution is Self-Care September.Β 30 days of intentionality, focused on giving my body the attention it so badly needs and deserves. To treat myself with respect, kindness, and more than a little TLC.Β  I’m determined to find my zen, people! Sorry, that was a little aggressive. See, I need this!

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Practicing yoga is something I have always wanted to do regularly but never really made time for. I attend a class here and there, and I guess I haven’t gotten more into it because my flexibility is a joke.

Publicly demonstrating my lack of grace (I’m not even sure I pull off a convincing Downward Facing Dog) isn’t exactly confidence building. However, yoga is one of the best ways to de-stress, re-center, and improve my aforementioned inflexibility. The practice of yoga isn’t just for the flexible, it’s for the willing. It isn’t about how well you do the moves, it’s about honoring your body, being in the present moment, and personal growth. So, I’m going for it.

After all, I can only improve right? What do I have to lose? Nothing.

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My main goal this month is to yoga my way through San Diego, for free. You heard me- no memberships, no Groupon deals, no money spent whatsoever. I will be taking advantage of every free class and promotional offer I can find. I will chronicle my adventures here for your entertainment, and I will also be including information and links to the classes I take. This way, you can take advantage too!

I am aiming for 2-3 classes per week. Maybe I will make it to more, maybe less. Maybe I’ll even go running more, maybe I won’t. The point is that I’m not letting myself stress about it, because I’ve done enoughΒ stressing and squeezing things in to my schedule for one year.

Summer is drawing to a close, Starbucks has already released their Pumpkin Spiced Latte (a little early in my opinion) and the first day of fall is fast approaching. A new season is a great opportunity to start fresh with a whole new set of intentions, and I plan on embracing that to the fullest. September has officially been dedicated to self-care, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

I encourage you all to get on your mat and join me! Namaste πŸ™‚

Β xoxo

Sarah

*No- those are not my feet, but the photo can be found onΒ Pinterest. Super flexible girl pictured above is also not me, and is also via Pinterest- not that you needed clarification on that.

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