The idea of self care has been a regular topic on social media lately. It’s important that people begin to realize how vital self care is to your overall health and well being. To acknowledge self care is both a physical and mental process. AH! The public health nerd in my is excited about this intro! Anywho, today I’m going to share my progress of working towards being self care conscious every day. Even though I was a public health major in college and knew how important it is, life happens and I found myself slacking in this department.
I’ve always loved aerobic exercise, even when I was a kid I was so hyper and never stopped moving; I just loved being active. As you can imagine, I was pretty livid when my body involuntarily made it so I couldn’t exercise right after I graduated when I could have used exercise to survive the post-grad transition. Now you might be thinking “what? what do you mean ‘involuntarily? That’s just an excuse!'” Yeah people yeah, my allergies got to a whole new level of severe: ten minutes into exercising, I would break out into hives which was looked reminiscent of the patient zero of the next zombie apocalypse. Not pleasant… also it’s recommended to stop once you notice the hives because they could get worse in the form of respiratory issues. So that made it pretty difficult to go on walks, do yoga, or any other form of exercise. It got so bad that during the summer, if I was outside shopping downtown I could get them because of the heat. So I had to stop exercising and the physical aspect of self care was completely abandoned.
Quick detour to talk about the mental aspect of self care – that has actually improved recently. Part of my New Year’s resolution was to make more time to be creative, embrace creativity, and have creative hobbies. If you have been reading my blog since January you will know I’ve actually been pretty successful at this as I’ve blogged about creativity and painting a lot in 2016 so far and will continue to do so (blog post creativity themed coming your way Monday). This is especially true since I plan on painting my heart out this weekend since my boyfriend has work on both Saturday and Sunday. So I’m pretty proud that I have at least been doing a decent job of keeping myself mentally sane, if you will, in order to get through this thing we call post-grad life every day. Let me tell you, I was not doing so great from May to December of 2015. – Editor’s note: Can confirm, wasn’t pretty (HA thanks for the input Sean).
OK back to physical self care…. so in February, I was walking laps around my floor at work and noticed something… NO MORE HIVES!!! So with that I decided it’s time to get my ass back in gear. Lose the weight I gained from no exercise, because even though I eat very healthy, (my mom packs my lunch and makes my dinner) I gained weight due to lack of physical exercise. Anywho, I finally went back to yoga and I tried a barre class for the first time.
That. Class. Kicked. My. Ass.
Let me tell you, there is no better way to truly find out how out of shape you really are than to take a barre class. Then, I found a teacher I really liked that has a background in dance, so I now feel comfortable taking the class as the exercises are familiar yet I’m still dying! But that’s OK because I can do it!
I really forgot how much I loved to exercise and how much I loved the feeling when I would feel absolutely beat after exercising. Taking barre classes, even though I’ve only done two so far, has made me miss the days in high school where I would dance for hours every day after school. I’m happy to start going back to yoga and barre on a more regular basis, not only to reach my goal of losing weight, but as a stress relief and a way to remain healthy AKA self care.
I hope you guys enjoyed my update! Let me know how you have been doing with self care. How do you exercise or is this something you need to work on? Let’s hold each other accountable and work on self care, otherwise we will just burn out in all aspects of our lives. Quick note: I used a pretty old photo of when I was in shape two years ago because I have been suffering pretty bad from allergies this week (might be a cold). It is yet to be known what exactly has been bothering me. Regardless I was unable to go to yoga or barre this week hence no photos! So please enjoy this photo of me and my college roommate living the dream taking our yoga class outside.