I haven’t been feeling quite like myself the past few weeks. I’ve been a little bit cranky, even a bit short with people I really care about. It could be because I have a new puppy and I’m a tired mom (thanks, potty training). Puppies are a lot of work, but I know this tiny bundle of cuteness is not to blame for my uneasiness. No. It’s something else. I realized I have piled too much on my plate, and I am off balance. The solution? Letting go of some commitments so I can make more time for me.
How did I come to this lightbulb conclusion? Last week I was encouraging a client to carve out more time for self care. I wanted to point to myself as a shining example, but I had to admit that lately I have been a bad role model. How is this possible? I am a health coach. I teach yoga. I’m at the yoga studio hours every week coaching yoga Teacher Training. But when was the last time I took a class? Uh-oh.
I start to get really grumpy when I go too long without my daily sweat or a trip to the grocer or farmer’s market for some organic greens. And then it’s only a matter of time until I’m eating a cookie for dinner instead of a big yummy salad.
So this past week I made the tough decisions required to create the time and space I need in my life to feel healthy and grounded. That means scheduling time for my own yoga practice, getting out in the sunshine, and preparing nourishing meals.
Lao Tzu said, “To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.” I am willing to let go so I can hold on better to what is most important in my life right now. Those decisions are never easy ones, but I’m grateful I made them. It’s good to feel like me again!
What do you need to let go of to find yourself?