self-care means NOT “pushing through.”

I saw a shocking post on Instagram the other day. A yoga teacher posted a gorgeous sunset-silhouette-yoga-pose picture and used her caption to complain about how run down and tired she was. Her head hurt, her tummy was upset, she felt weak. She then asked, “How do you push through?”

She was looking for affirmation to IGNORE every single signal her body was sending her… and yet somehow connecting this dissonance with yoga.

Oh girl, I thought. I DON’T “push through.” I take a nap.

I used to, like most of us, translate exhaustion to a status symbol and wear it like a badge of honor. But because of the refined awareness of my yoga practice and pratyahara, I now listen to what my body is telling me when it’s tired, grumpy, weak or upset. I try to respond completely and compassionately.

Yoga helps me listen to the information my body is giving me so that I don’t “push through” to injury, exhaustion and irritation. Instead, I unabashedly practice self-care.

When napping isn’t possible, I use a Systematic Relaxation technique, which is similar to yoga nidra or yoga sleep. Find a cozy place to relax (lay on the floor with your feet on the couch or even sit in your car) and give your conscious mind a break as your nervous system settles into a tone where rest and healing are possible.

Here are my two favorites:

Contract and Relax:

Body Scan:

Additional Systematic Relaxation Exercises for self-care found here: Guided Meditation.

Happy Not-Pushing-Through,

-lisa


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3 thoughts on “self-care means NOT “pushing through.”

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  2. Thank you Lisa. I really appreciate this and intend to make it my mantra over the next few weeks. I often get stuck in the gray area between feeling that rest or relaxation are equivalent to laziness or stagnation, even though my body is screaming for me to understand that rest can be growth and rejuvenation. For example, I am trying to stick to a newly-increased goal to be more active each day, and it has been killing my feet in the process. I have moments of numbed pain that sometimes give me the illusion of ‘healing’ or ‘pushing through’ and then I realize that it was actually just straight-up damage and ignorance of my own physical limits!

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