Self Care Part 1 - Why you cant pour from an empty cup!

“Self Care is so important. 

When you take time to replenish your spirit, 

it allows you to serve others from the overflow.

You cannot serve from an empty vessel”

There comes a point in time when your body constantly feels tired, sick, heavy, achey, painful and just not right. Most of us just ignore these simple signs as we believe we don’t have the time to pay any attention to it. Life is busy and we just have to keep going and push through. But this is actually our bodies way of crying out for help. Crying out for self care and TLC. It starts as a small whisper and gets louder and louder the more we ignore it and push it away!

Is your body crying out for help and self care??? Don’t ignore it! Start taking care of it now before it overflows into something more serious. Stress, worry and day to day life  can wreak havoc on your body physically, emotionally and mentally. That is why it is so important to take care of your health and wellbeing through exercise, nutrition and mindfulness. Most sickness and disease these days are related back to lifestyle! So to do our best to prevent these as much as we can is to change our lifestyle :) You have to work on it from every aspect physically, mentally and emotionally. 

Last year was a massive year for myself personally. I was helping my family look after my mum who was going through her cancer journey (trying to hold everything together), I was running a business and looking after my clientele making sure they had everything they needed to succeed in their journeys (also restructuring a business for the move), running a house and trying to find time for me in there somewhere. Im not saying this for sympathy or anything but more of an example. I was pouring more out of my cup than I had I my cup or was receiving into my cup. Basically pouring for an empty cup. I was just managing but I had to keep it together to help everyone succeed in their journeys. My body was just holding it together cause it knew it had to. 

Then it hit me! The cup was finally fully and utterly empty. I had nothing else to give. The start of 2019 was a lot different start unlike any other year. I was tired, stressed, weighed down and unhappy with myself. I struggled to train, to run, to sleep, to hold it together. I was doing my best to eat well and get myself on track but was struggling. I should be full of beans and starting the year on top of the world but instead I was in a hole struggling to look after me and to get through the exercises I once loved. My body had hit the wall and had been trying to tell me but I was ignoring it. 

It took me until last week when I finally realised my cup needed to be filled up again and that I had to get back to looking after me so then I can continue doing what I love and help teach others around me how to look after themselves through health and fitness. My goal is to find balance in my life again physically, mentally and emotionally, through exercise, nutrition and mindfulness. 

So my plan of attack to get me back on track is

Nutrition -

  •   Eating well for my body to heal, repair and feel energised (We generally eat quite well but can slip up when tired and go for comfort food like chocolate every now and again. 

  • Drinking plenty of water and limiting coffee back to ensure 

  • Booking in to see my naturopath to help me get my body back up and running with a few tonics and magic potions. (Sometimes when we are depleted we need more than just good food to get us back to normal function)

Exercise -

  • Training Mon - Friday and having Sat/Sun off for rest and recovery

  • Go for walk outside at least 3 times per week

  • Stretching at least 3 times per week to help eliminate tightness and prevent injury

Mindfulness -

  • Meditating at least 15mins 4 times a week to help clear and calm my mind

  • Lie in my Hammock for at least 15mins 3 times a week

  • Colour in for at least 15mins 4 times per week

  • Get outside and smell the roses each and every day

  • Switch off from work related things after hours

  • Find 3 things im grateful for each day

  • Get out and embrace the world on the days off. (Beach, Camping, Day out etc) 

If you want to be able to live the life you want and to look after those around you the best you can then you must start with looking after yourself first. If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it scream. 

Love & Light

Alicia xo