Soulful Saturday 1

Today is Soulful Saturday.  I believe in taking the time to nurture your body, mind and soul.  When we get caught up in our busy schedules we forget to take time out for ourselves.  We shouldn’t wait for those times when we get sick to finally take a time out from the craziness.  Sometimes we need a day to relax, get outside and go for a hike, cook a well balanced meal, etc.  And don’t wait ’til those sick days to finally do something relaxing or to practice self care.

A lot of people are in such a rush these days that they don’t have time to cook breakfast so they go to a coffee shop and drink a 20 oz coffee filled with sugar and maybe a scone, muffin or microwaved egg sandwich.  For lunch some may get a burger, fries and a soda.  And if they have time to make a dinner at home it might be pizza, pasta or a pre-made frozen dinner.  And we wonder why we are tired by the afternoon at work, have no energy to go to the gym and are confused as to why we get sick all the time.  We need to take time out of our busy lives and look at what we are doing to our bodies.  We should be nourishing our bodies with healthy foods that make us feel energized and happy, not sluggish or lethargic.  Emotional eating from stress can be a tough one too.  We shouldn’t ignore these feelings and suppress them.  Start making a positive change to your life now!

Start taking the time to research what you are eating.  Ask questions; what are the ingredients, where do they come from, are they good for me, etc.  After you eat something did it make you feel good or bad?  Would you continue to eat it if it made you feel sick?  Why?  Don’t you want to feel happy and healthy?  Not all pizza is bad and not all burgers are bad.  What I am pointing out is that we should take more time to think about how we are caring for yourselves.  Once you become more aware you might start to change your lifestyle a bit.  You might notice that every time you eat that burger from that place around the corner from work you feel lethargic.  Try something different, try a different well balanced meal, perhaps with some vegetables and less carbs/bread/sugar?  See how it makes you feel.

Try a new recipe to cook a well balanced meal at home.  Try to meditate for 5 minutes a day.  (If you know me pretty well you knew I’d add this next one in).  Try a yoga class.  Yoga has made me feel so much more alive again.  My energy feels better, I can deal with life stresses more easily, I don’t get overwhelmed as much, I can see more positive aspects of the world, my digestion is better, I can more easily let go of ego, be more self loving and confident and so much more!  The benefits are endless!

Today I went to a Vinyasa Flow 2 class at YogaWorks.  That was one thing that I did for myself today.  Something that I knew would make me feel better, more aligned, balanced and energized.  In class we held the poses for a longer time than usual.  I really like the flow classes a lot where you flow in and out of each pose almost nonstop.  But what I have learned through yoga is to let go of the expectations of the class.  Let go of the attachment I have to what I wanted out of the class and just go with the flow.  Just because something isn’t exactly how I pictured it doesn’t mean I can’t still make it work and enjoy it.  The same goes for life situations.  Let go of the expectations and just ride the wave.  It’ll be more fun and less of a struggle.

So take some time out of your busy schedule and do something that will uplift your soul.  Make a change in your lifestyle for 1 week and see if it makes you feel better.  You might be pleasantly surprised.  **Try a yoga class! There are flow classes, gentle classes, restorative classes, classes focused on releasing stress, releasing bad energy, etc.



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