I don’t typically share too much personal stuff online but I wanted to share this. This morning I woke up feeling off, just not myself. Not sure if it was anxiety, frustration or overwhelm or a combination of all three. At this point I decided to sit, relax and breathe. I allowed myself to feel all the feels.
I made myself a nice breakfast, I ate slowly and acknowledged all my senses. I gave myself some grace and about 2 hours later I moved my body in a restorative way. No crazy exercises just a gentle Pilates flow and it helped a lot.
There have been many studies showing that movement helps to improve moods. That saying movement heals definitely helped me today.
How has movement helped you?
I will share the flow in a few days on my You Tube channel so you will have it for when you are having one of those days.
They say how you start your day will determine the rest of your day. If you have the habit of immediately scrolling through social media or checking emails upon waking, try waiting 5 or 10 minutes before doing this. Use this time to take some deep breaths and perhaps mentally planning your day.
Here are a few things I do : 1. Hydrate with a tall glass water with lemons 2. I try to get at least 10 minutes of sunshine 3. A quick movement session, for example a mobility/ stretching session
or a 15-30 minute Pilates session.
4. Being gracious, acknowledging and appreciating what is going right and 5. Coffee 🙂 .
I keep working at it, some days I am able to do them all sometimes I am not, but I keep trying.
I do what I can. What are some of your morning rituals?
I always give modifications in my sessions with clients. There is no shame if you have to modify exercises/ movement. We have been conditioned to believe that if we don’t go hard in every session we won’t get the results that we want.
I am here to tell you that modifying an exercise and using a variation that works for you and your body at that moment will actually get you to your results faster. The reason for this is because a. you will be using proper form and technique and b. you are not breaking your body down. Yay, for taking care of our bodies!
The “plus” of this is a. your workouts will be more enjoyable and b. you will get the results you want in a safe way.
Modifying exercises is not, I repeat, is not taking the easy way out. You are trusting and listening to your body. YOU are taking care of YOU.