Do you ever feel like you’re in a rut? That’s how I felt for the past few months. Nothing was going smoothly, even the smallest tasks felt extra tiring, and worst of all, my mind has been foggy. That always scares me more than anything...when I can’t focus and I’m lacking creativity and motivation. Even my confidence and personality were wavering.
Then last week something clicked. I haven’t been taking care of myself.
It all started around June/July. With all the fun outdoor workout groups going on, I was going to classes or running groups every single day. That sounds like a good thing, right? Wrong. I could feel my body breaking down, but I ignored the aches and pains to keep exercising.
Over the past two weeks, I cut back on everything. I was mentally and physically exhausted from trying to do too much, and I needed a break. I started having more energy and was able to start focusing on my goals again.
The other culprit? My diet. I’ve been cutting corners on meals - eating snacks here and there instead of healthy meals, grabbing something on the go, and not eating enough fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it's easier to make a quick breakfast sandwich rather than blending a smoothie in the morning or to eat pasta for dinner rather prepping salads for the week. But after doing that for far too long, my body AND my mind took a hit.
Now that I'm back to meal prepping and letting my body recover, I feel like a new person. I started taking more vitamins again, too. This is a friendly reminder to take care of your body. As my friend Pam always says, "It's the only place we have to live." A healthy body leads to a healthy mind and makes you your best self.
Speaking of your best self, I found my all time favorite Yogi tea tag this week:
This really spoke to me. Love yourself and trust yourself first! When you ignore your own needs and intuition, that's when things go wrong!
On a happier note, fall is here and I'm savoring the leaves changing. I really missed this when I lived on the west coast...
On Saturday, a friend had a DIY cider making event. It was super easy, and the cider was delicious!
First, we crushed the apples: