If you missed part one of this post, Where I’m At, check it out here.
I’m excited that I’ve come to realizations about my present life situation because now I can make a PLAN. Being the logical type, lists and plans make me extremely happy. I want to share my plans with you, so you might understand that I’m human too and that having a plan and accountability support are really the keys to lasting success.
I’m starting with self-care. Don’t pass on by and look to the food stuff, this is just as or even more important. As I’m grieving right now, I’m placing big importance on balancing my adrenal glands. The adrenals are two small hat-shaped glands that sit atop our kidneys. They regulate our stress response. When we are chronically or over-stressed, these poor little glands are able to help us manage stress and go with the flow of life. Usually this results in fatigue, mood swings, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, poor digestion, hormonal imbalance, weight gain and more.
So what is my self-care plan? Well, it’s pretty radical.
- I’ve started a morning and evening routine, to keep me on an even keel.
- I’m doing meditation every single day, for about 10 minutes total.
- I’m using affirmations every single day, for about 10 minutes total.
- Short workouts prevent me from getting too tired, so I’m using the Seven app
- I’m stretching for 5 minutes every day.
- I’m getting out in the sunshine as often as Mother Nature permits.
- I’m journalling– consistently- for the first time in years.
- Near daily art therapy in the form of an adult colouring book
- Essential oils like lavender calm me down and citrus lift my spirits.
- I hug my kitty as much as possible.
- I’ve implemented a laptop curfew, 1.5 hours before sleep
- I’m using my acupressure mat for stress release
- I’m taking regular breaks during my workday, where I might close my eyes, do some stretching, a workout or some sitting down and doing nothing.
Looking at it, this seems like a HUGE list of things to add to an already busy life. But guess what- it takes me hardly any time to complete everything. It can take me as little as 35 minutes a day (which I break into small chunks) or up to a few hours, depending on my schedule. Usually weekends mean more self-care time for me.
In the first part of this post
I mentioned that the events in my personal life from the first half of this year have exacerbated my PCOS. In order to balance my hormones, I’m working on a few things:
- Getting my progesterone up– my Luteal Phase has been shortened and ovulation has been difficult to come by
- Balancing cortisol – I’m SUPER stressed/sad/angry about the loss of my grandmother and it’s making every day life harder. I feel much more tired and irritable that I have in a very long time.
I’m trying to do as much support through food as I can. I’m eating leafy greens every single day for their hormone and stress regulating effects. I’m drinking lemon water upon waking to assist my digestion. I’m also eating much more frequently, as my blood sugar has been a little crazy. Lots of healthy fat, protein and fibre with EVERY meal and snack. I’m eating every 2 to 3 hours.
I’ve also cut out dairy, sugar cane, almonds, bananas and yeast after seeing the results of my IgG Food Sensitivity Test. It has been SO difficult as dairy has always been a favourite of mine. My daily leafy greens and addition of coconut products to replace the dairy provides me with most of the nutrients from what I’ve removed.
What my average day looks like now:
Breakfast: Bulletproof Tea
(sans butter) and a few pieces of bacon or a couple of boiled eggs
Lunch: A big salad with greens and non-starchy vegetables, plus chicken or fish and maybe a dairy-free homemade fatty dip or dressing (made with avocado, olive oil or organic mayo)
Dinner: Salmon, chicken or other protein with rice, potato or sweet potato and some non-starchy veg
Snacks: pumpkin and sunflower seeds, coconut yogurt with berries and cinnamon, green smoothie (more greens!), coconut milk chia pudding with hemp seed
maybe a little coconut milk ice cream or some of the above snacks, plus a cup of herbal tea
As my energy is kinda in the tanker right now, very long bouts of exercise are out. In order to nourish my adrenal glands (the organs of our stress response!) I’m sticking to more restorative and shorter bouts of moderately-intense exercise. I’m always looking to choose activities that won’t drain me of my precious energy, but rather energize and uplift my spirit.
I do some form of activity 5-6 days per week, and I’m usually choosing from:
- Short HIIT training with Seven app
- Rebounding – I’m doing this every morning for 10 minutes
- Restorative, Yin or Hatha styles of yoga
- 20-30 minute nature hikes
- Stretching – I’m doing this every morning for 5 minutes
The Diva Dishes
I’m so thrilled to be able to share this information with you. To show you- YES- I am a human. Yes- I get tired, frustrated, upset and hormonal.
Such is life. There are high points and low points for every one of us. It’s all in how we react to a situation that really counts.
I’d love for you all to continue with me on this journey, so I’m starting a new post segment: The Diva Dishes
. I’ll do up one of these every month (if you don’t see one every four weeks- email me
to light a fire under my ass) to share with you my successes, struggles and opinions. YOU are very important to me
, and I want us to get to know each other better.
See you all next month!
What are YOU doing to care for yourself right now? What part of this self-care is the easiest and most difficult for you?