Connie and I have many things in common, which I'm sure you all have guessed by now. However, she and I can agree that one thing we have in common may actually be pretty bad for us. We have a really hard time listening to our bodies!
When we're together we get super enthusiastic, we become amazingly efficient, and we get hyper focused. Nothing's gonna stop us! Overall one would argue these are actually quite positive attributes. We are driven girls-on-the-go... woo!! The only thing is, it would all be well and good if we didn't get so caught up that we completely forget necessary human needs.
'Ughhh... I feel awful."
"Me too. I have a headache."
"Oh crap it's 3pm. We completely forgot to eat lunch!"
Yes, we are guilty of this and so much more. What we don't realize, though, is how often this scenario plays out even when we're apart. I know I'm guilty of containing my emotions most of the day. I have a pretty stressful job and I don't have enough time usually to manage the different anxious feelings that may come up. Because of this I end up holding all of my stress in my neck and shoulders and it manifests into a consistent pain. I've had this most of my adult life. Connie has her own set of aches, but her pain tolerance is even higher than mine, which blows my mind! Pretty sure she's been dealing with it just as long.
What's even crazier, though, is both of us kind of just live with it. It's a part of the fabric of how we feel in a day. Pain is "normal." Welp, not sure why this year has been so significant for us both, but we finally woke up to the reality of the situation. We don't have to live like this! I know... so obvious to some, but if you're a girl-on-the-go, it might seem like you just don't have time for such things. WE GET YOU! Now, luckily, we also get that the grass is actually greener and healthier on the other side, so we wanna share some quick ways to calm down and give your body a break.
1. Breathe. I find that my mind is swirling a mile in a minute and I'm running around so much that I'm actually taking really short breaths. Take a moment and stop what you're doing. Then breathe in deeply through your nose. If you can do this for a couple of breaths that's great, but if you can only get in the one, deeply inhale through the nose and then exhale through your mouth. I promise you'll feel a difference immediately!
2. Stretch. Even for 5 minutes! If you're at a desk all day make sure to get up and walk around. If you can't get to the gym or plain hate it (like me), then try to integrate into your daily routine. I like to do stretches in the shower if I'm super pressed for time, but HERE is a 5 minute morning yoga routine that is really simple and very invigorating.
3. Schedule in your "Happiness Hobby." And what do I mean by happiness hobby? Well, I mean something that reallllly reaaaaally gets you to wind down, quiet your mind, and truly be one with your body. For some people it's the gym. Maybe it's a repetitive action like knitting or drawing. For me it's 80 minutes at my favorite place, The Now Massage. Since I'm freelance, I will usually schedule a day after I'm done with a gig. This way I basically force myself to take a break. I love love love it so much because it makes me feel like I'm glamping somewhere outside of LA and transports my mind away from my worries. Physical touch is also one of my top love languages so it's no wonder I appreciate it so much! If you're ever in LA you should totally try The Now out... it's my happy place. #notanAD #justloveit
I find that when I listen to my body, I begin to relax all of the places I feel tension. Then, naturally, my mind immediately starts to calm down and my anxiety goes down exponentially. There's something so powerful about not only listening, but taking action to get to a better place. I know it can be so easy to make excuses or say there's no time. However, if you can make an errand a priority, you can definitely make yourself a priority. There's been such a difference in the way I view time as I'm reaching my mid 30's and I feel like it's ok to slow down now. In fact, I relish it.
So go ahead and pencil yourself in, girl-on-the-go. I promise you're worth it <3
Soma & Ulte