It’s a mild Monday morning here in the Bay Area (she says before embarking on the freeway), and I’ve just returned from a wonderful weekend in Manhattan to celebrate my sister’s Bachelorette festivities with a small group of her close friends. I underestimated how much I needed a quick trip away and now that I’m back and gearing up to hit the training room floor, I am filled with such renewed energy, appreciation, and excitement for my job, clients, and body.
I’m sure there are a lot of women who travel throughout pregnancy and even though I’m headed towards the last couple months of this journey, I have to admit I was hesitant at the prospect of plodding around SOHO with what could possibly be a huge belly, swollen ankles, and shortness of breath! Who knows how the body will handle such challenges or where I would be now considering I booked those tickets months previously? It turns out that I was more than okay. I may have skipped the stilettos on this trip, but I suffered none of those feared for side-effects. Staying active throughout this pregnancy has been vital for my energy stores, and running a 5-6 day/week business has been challenging but rewarding all at once. I’ve been blessed with a smooth journey, no immediate threats to myself or my unborn son, and so I think I’ve just managed to “forget” sometimes that I’m traveling, working, resting, and energizing for two in the midst of my daily routines.
I count myself as lucky that I was able to keep up with the vibrant and gorgeous gals that I accompanied this weekend. Walking, stretching, and some quick cardio at the fitness center kept fatigue at bay, and when I needed to rest, I did so. If I needed to call the night early, I did so. Listening to my body and reminding myself to spoil myself with sleeping in (ahhh..the luxuries of pre-baby responsiblities!), afternoon naps, and good food was heaven-sent! This past weekend has been a good reminder that taking a day or two to rejuvenate the body and senses is vital in these busy days. Eating well and staying on top of your fitness goals is a priority, but your mental and and psychological wellness must be a priority as well in order to nourish your body completely.
Not everyone may have the time or resources to jet away for a day or week, but I truly challenge you to pencil yourself into your schedule book for an hour, afternoon, or day of self-indulgent self-care. It can be as simple as reading a book with a cup of tea in silence. Attending a new class at the gym that seems exciting, or meeting a friend for coffee or happy hour. Schedule that massage that you’ve been meaning to get to, or take an hour and soak in the tub before getting to your next day’s prep.
Full-body wellness encompasses the ability to encourage your body, mind, and soul into becoming the best version of yourself. It’s a never-ending journey for most, but a truly gratifying one to participate in. Keep it simple, and just focus on one aspect at a time. Eat a hearty breakfast, get that workout in, tell your family and friends how much you appreciate them, and forgive yourself for not getting all of your to-do lists checked off. Tomorrow is another day, and you’ve done what you can with this one. Here’s to a gratifying day, week, and rest of the month.See you at the gym!