My life has been feeling a bit full over the past few weeks.  I had a beautiful vacation in June, and when I came home, I was ready to go back to teaching yoga classes and leading therapy sessions.  Life got a little bit complicated though when not long after returning, we discovered a leaky toilet had caused both rot & mold to happen in our half bathroom.  So, with the knowledge that I will be spending a couple of weeks in August moving my kids to various parts of the country, I also discovered that I had to completely redo a bathroom.  Life got complicated as life so often does.

I might be an empty nester, but mom duties sometimes pull me in directions that I didn’t expect.  I expected to be taking time to move my kids next month, but I didn’t expect to be remodeling the bathroom.  As the one with the more flexible job, that means I’m the one who will be overseeing this process.  This means that my plans for July got drastically shifted and I’m now picking out a vanity, shower, paint, etc.  instead of using July to plan for my business this fall.

Last night, I was feeling a bit frustrated with all of this.  l didn’t have the time to do what I had planned to do in July and a part of me was stomping my feet that the timing of this was just awful.   I came back from my vacation knowing that the next 2 months were going to be full but adding in the bathroom took things to a new level.  I feel myself being pulled in multiple directions right now and I don’t seem to be getting much done.

With all of those thoughts going through my head last night, I realized that I needed to go back to the basics.  I had to create space in my day to focus on me.  Meditation, a little cardio, restorative yoga, eating well, drinking plenty of water, etc.  All of those things need to be a priority in my life right now because with them in my life, I actually have more energy to do the extra things that have popped up into my life.  It seems counter-intuitive I know.  But, to get more done, I need to take time off to take care of myself.  I have to make sure the basics are in my life so that I can focus on the not so basic things too.

So far today, I’ve eaten well & moved my body a bit.  I also took 10 minutes to put my legs up the wall.  Just doing that has given me the energy to keep going and cross a few more things off of my list.

What basics do you need to go back to when you’re feeling like life is a bit full?  Is there something that you can do in order to support yourself when you’re feeling a bit stressed and spread too thin?  I’d love to hear what works for you!

If you don’t know what you need to overcome your stresses in life, then schedule a private yoga therapy session with me.  Your body already has this wisdom inside of it.  You just have to be willing to listen to what it has to say.  That’s what happened for me last night.  My inner wisdom spoke up & told me to go back to the basics in my life and the rest will take care of itself.  You can do this to!

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