I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but it’s been a while since I’ve sent out an update. April to be exact.
Around that time my health started to decline and then practically overnight it bottomed out. I believe the genesis of this downward spiral started with saying “yes” one too many times to one too many things.
Which is probably not something you’d expect to hear from someone who’s made health and wellness her purpose and her passion. But there you have it.
And the interesting thing is all the things I was saying “yes” to are things I really enjoy. Like the behind the scenes workings of running a wellness practice and spending time with my much loved granddaughters and being a coaching mentor for Integrative Nutrition students and volunteering to be on the leadership team of my networking group and studying to be a naturopathic doctor and … the list goes on.
Independently, any of these parts of my life would be easy to manage. But all together it was less than ideal.
I had days upon days of absolutely no sleep. I’m not talking about a restless night or a night here or there where I’d wake up and have trouble falling back asleep. I was wide awake during the night with my mind racing from one random thought to another. Panic attacks kept randomly popping up and on one particular day lasted for over six hours with no relief.
My stomach seemed to always be upset and on the few nights I did manage to sleep, I’d wake up feeling anxious and nauseous.
I threw everything I knew at this unmovable mountain of sickness: Homeopathy, acupressure (self-administered), essential oils, yoga, meditation, eating only food that was organic and healthy.
And then I did the one thing that actually turned things around.
I asked for help. There will never be enough words in the English language to express how grateful I am to my friend Megan Stewart who is a brilliant acupuncturist and homeopath, Claire Haddad with her gifted knowledge of Bach Flower Essences and Dr. Dawna Jones who has the best bedside manner anyone could ever ask of their physician.
Asking for help might seem pretty logical to most people, but it’s not something most women (myself included) are accustomed to doing. Whenever I’ve gotten myself into a health jam in the past, I’ve always known what to do to turn things around. It’s what I’ve trained for most of my life. But this time was different.
I’d somehow managed to find myself at my own personal Rock Bottom.
There are countless studies and timeless philosophies that tell us we’re meant to lean on each other and share the load. We’re also supposed to put ourselves first. Which is a mindset most people have gotten away from because it seems selfish or self-centered. The truth of the matter is, if we don’t take exceptional care of ourselves, we can’t possibly take care of others and come from a place of giving and gratitude. When we’re tired, burnt out, overwhelmed, and over scheduled, our attitude towards care giving for others often comes from a place of resentment or duty. It’s not who we are, but it can be who we become.
So if any of this resonates with you, take a long, hard look at your inundated life and commit to taking small steps towards a happier, healthier you. I did, and it’s made all the difference in my world.
I’m grateful to continue sharing the road to wellness with you! If you have a story you’d like to share, feel free to post it below or contact me. I’d be delighted to help you find your way back to you.