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REST, RELAX, RECHARGE

It is important that we rest, relax, and recharge!

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Hey Sweeties!

Lately, I have been feeling so drained. I’m working from home full time due to the pandemic, spending time with my mentees, constantly trying to check up on others, creating content, learning the ins and outs of influencing, doing random professional presentations here and there, and sooo much more!

WHEW.

Just typing that made me tired. Anyway, in the midst of all of those things, I have been trying to process my grandparents aging (especially worrying about my grandma’s worsening dementia), my own health concerns, and to top everything off, being faced with the decision to put my baby (my cat Lilo) to sleep. These things have been very emotionally and mentally draining for me. We all know that these things can manifest physically and they did just that. For two weeks, I could not get out of bed for the life of me.

I was proud at the fact that I wasn’t binge eating. However, honestly, I think the only reason I wasn’t binge eating was because I was constantly moving once I finally got out of bed. I didn’t have time to think about eating and when I did eat, my stomach became upset.

Sit Down!

My body literally told me it was time to sit down and I didn’t listen. In fact, God spoke to me himself and told me to slow down before my cat even passed away. I didn’t listen and kept spreading myself thin. I felt myself shutting down due to my heightened anxiety. 10 minutes before my presentation, I had a rude awakening. I received an unexpected call from the Vet. She had told me that Lilo was very sick and would die if he didn’t have emergency surgery. If not, he needed to be put to sleep.

The moment the Vet broke the news to me, I felt like I was suffocating. I couldn’t run to go tell him goodbye because I had made a commitment to do a presentation. It would have been too last minute to back out. So, I gave myself 5 good minutes to cry before I had to wipe away the tears. Thank God it was a virtual event, so I could turn my camera off and boohoo when I wasn’t presenting.

The aforementioned events led me to seeking some serious resting, relaxing, and recharging.

Rest!

I literally rested. I took naps, I went to bed early, and I slept in later. My body was so used to waking up every morning at 5:30 to go walking, jogging, and do yoga. However, these past two weeks, I could not. It felt so good to sleep in. For the first time, I put my phone on “DO NOT DISTURB”, but also surprisingly for the first time, no one actually tried to contact me. I felt a peace of mind knowing that I could have a full night of uninterrupted sleep (unless my noisy neighbor was shouting at her boyfriend again for the zillionth time), though.

Relax!

I was very hard on myself because I felt like I had been doing so good with dieting and exercising. Click here to read how I lost 30 pounds. I didn’t want to mess up my progress. So, I did try to get a couple of yoga flows in, but did so sporadically. Click here to read about my yoga journey.

I kept saying to myself “Be kind to yourself, you deserve to relax.” I started truly relaxing at my hair, pedicure, and wax appointments. I just closed my eyes and enjoy being serviced. Then, my cousin hit me up and said she wanted to go to Atlantic City for a few days so we did just that! I felt so guilty about taking off work when the workload was just starting to pick up, but again, I told myself “Be kind to yourself, you deserve to relax.”

I woke up early in the morning, left my girlfriend’s in the bed, and did yoga on the beach while the sun was beaming.

WOW.

Who knew that the sound of the ocean waves and the seagulls squawking could be so peaceful and relaxing?! I felt so good; it definitely set the tone for the day.

Needless to say, it was a much needed girls trip even though I was still fulfilling commitments while away, I had so much fun not worrying about all the work I had to do. It definitely felt amazing to rest, relax, and recharge.

My Girlfriendsssss ❤

Recharge!

My mini getaway was definitely needed and gave me the recharge that I needed. I got a chance to soak up a lot of sun on the beach, talk to my girlfriends about what was going on in our lives, and just bounce ideas off of each other. It felt good to be around others who are like minded and could understand you. It also felt good to not be cooped up in the house.

Although I didn’t want to come back home, I know that I have real life responsibilities. I just needed a quick reminder to REST, RELAX, and RECHARGE. I feel so rejuvenated.

Sweeties, make sure you listen to your body and be kind to yourself. You deserve to rest. You deserve to relax. Most importantly, you deserve to be fully recharged so that you can continue to be the great woman that you are for yourself and others!

Namaste: The light in me, sees the light in you.

Upward Facing Dog

Until then, keep sipping…

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