What to do when you lose your rhythm?
My activity level when down the shitter (poop pun intended) last week, I didn’t want to go to yoga, swim or do any strenuous physical activity. I was experiencing allergies and congestion, not sleeping well, jumping around from house to house, getting organized for a 3 month trip, overworking and emotionally pooped!
Look out, here comes the negative self talk finding its way into my thoughts and taking me down the rabbit hole of struggle. I thought you wanted to get in better shape for your trip, you do this for a living, what is wrong with you. These thoughts are more detrimental than NOT doing the exercise. It was time to nip this in the bud. So, I got my yoga pants on before brunch with a friend. All is flowing, then my friend forgets her shoes in my car, turning around caused me to miss yoga. Now what? I could feel the stress level in my nervous system rising and my thoughts getting stronger. I did a mini workout and got ready to visit another friend. When I show up, she says, I was just getting ready to work out, do you want to head to my home gym with me:) My negative self-talk was shutting up and my cadence is almost back, but was it going to stay?
I was heading to the pool and I was so excited even though it was a little chilly. As I am swimming, the pool heater breaks and if the water gets too cold they have to close the pool. So, I swam faster for a few reasons, kept observing my thoughts and cheering myself for swimming!
Life is so fascinating and last week, it pooped me out. As I was noticing my brain, body and emotions loosing steam, I invested in acupuncture and went twice. Instead of trying to force the activity that was obviously working against me, I focused on the nervous system and how to heal the body from the inside out.
Some tips to find your cadence:
1. LAY DOWN: A current client of mine is full on with work and changing some habits. When she gets home from work before jumping on her computer or her to do list, she lays down for 5-10 minutes to regroup. This ACTIVITY helps calm the nervous system, breath, digestion and all other organs connected to your parasympathetic nervous system.
2. Start with 3 minutes: When I was having moving my booty issues last week, I started with doing one activity for 3 minutes. Whether it is stretching on the ground, quick sprints or hula hooping, just start with something simple and light. Even 3 minutes of focusing on your breath with your eyes closed can help relax your cortisol and support your nervous system. We all could use just a simple stretch routine and breath work!
3. Add in Adaptogens: Adaptogens are non-toxic plants help the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. The main 7 adaptogenic herbs are: Panax Gingseng, Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Licorice Root, Rhodiola, Cordycep Mushrooms. Keep an eye out for teas or tinctures for you to try and here is a supplement with three of these herbs if you want to add them into your daily lifestyle to observe if you notice anything. Adaptogen Supplement
How do you get your cadence turned back on? I would love to hear so I can give it a try and share with others!
Cheers to us all enjoying ourselves a bit more each day!
Facebook LIVE Jump Start: To keep my cadence rolling, I wanted to do a Jump Start before I began my travels. Join me in my private Facebook community for a 5 day Jump Start! You will have access to all of the materials, program, videos and my daily check ins! This Jump Start is so great to help you get the momentum rolling. Head here to JOIN me!
Also, if you head to Biggest Little Farm movie, you receive a discount for the Jump Start program!! Take a picture of your movie ticket and email me!
***Local San Diegoan’s, I will see you Thursday, May 16th @ 7:30 pm, Landmark Hillcrest theatre! I will try to sneak in healthy snacks:)