Changing things up a little today, and opening up to posting about the things that really matter to me – never fear though, there’s ALWAYS going to be plenty of snow-covered goodness to be had in the Sanctuary.
After being fairly well bed-ridden for a week battling fever and infection I’ve come to realise just how important it is to really listen to your body. I think oh-so-many of us are guilty of pushing ourselves too far, because we ‘should’ or ‘we have to’ for our jobs, our partners or any other reason under the sun!
I certainly am.
For a while I thought of self-love as a litte too ‘airy-fairy’ for me, seriously. “OOH I’m just soooo in touch with myself I know exactly what my body craves”- insert eye-rolling, head-shaking condescension.
Getting inside my own body and giving it what it craves – how selfish can you be?!
How WRONG could I be…..!!
While I am no stranger to listening to my heart, and going with my gut instinct, it took getting seriously ill for me to see that I definitely don’t tune in to my body enough – if at all. Tired of being confined to the house from sickness, and finally feeling pretty good I decided it was high time to get my body moving. Stillness is not something I do well, even on doctors orders! I wrangled my love and off we went for an afternoon stroll in the sun.
6km later, at home and in pain I realised that I ignored every alarm bell that was ringing wildly throughout my body – hell even my love had noticed something wasn’t right! He asked time and time again if I was doing okay, or if I needed to turn back, he saw it written plainly across my face and my body – THIS IS NOT GOOD… stubbornly I pushed on because I wanted to.
I wanted to feel healthy
I wanted to be out in the sun
I wanted to spend time with my love
I wanted to beat the illness
My body wanted more rest, it wanted me to shift down and embrace going slow, it craved gentleness and nourishment.
After a painful night full of self-doubt – I decided it was time to get down and dirty with some serious self-love. I don’t mean paint your nails and do your hair (although that is a total feel–good fest), I mean serious love from the inside out – time for me to listen to my body and hear what it craves!
Right now my body is craving serious nourishment to replace its depleted stores – bring on juicing, salads and veges galore; as well as gentleness to ease back into day-to-day life – hello stretching, strolling and extra-loved up skin care routines.
I’m sure it’s not going to be easy – making changes and shifting mentalities rarely is, but I do know that embracing self-love is going to be so, so worth it. Hell, I damn well deserve to show myself a little lovin’ … excuse me while I go run a nice hot bath and sink in with a good book…
I know we’re all guilty of resisting self-love now and again, so tell me lovely, when you REALLY tune in – what does self-love look like to you?
Can’t wait to see your comments, and while you here I’d LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it if you shared this post along to your peeps xx