When my job ended (at the end of August), I gave myself a gift. I bought a month of unlimited yoga classes at the studio where I’ve been doing (mostly) restorative yoga and the occasional workshop for the last year or so. With the combined stress of Mom’s recent hospitalization and suddenly finding myself unemployed, I knew it was going to be important to take time for self care.
In the last 30 days, I’ve taken 21 yoga classes. That’s 4 more than I did in the previous 6 months! I can feel the difference in my flexibility and in my stamina, and when I saw my chiropractor last week she said she could see the difference in my posture and commented on how “loose” my body was. I love how I feel after yoga, energized and alive and fully inhabiting my body. My mind is clear, I’m breathing more deeply, and I sleep better than I have in a long time. Also, the routine of yoga classes gives a rhythm to my days during this time between jobs.
I’m committing to continuing my 5x/week yoga practice until I start my next job, whether that’s a month from now or six months from now.
I’m also committing to eating healthy food, getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and sticking to a sleep schedule. It would be so easy to stay up half the night and sleep my days away… but then I’d miss my favorite yoga classes. So I’ve kept myself on a schedule, to bed no later than midnight and out of bed by 7:30 each morning. It feels good.
Taking care of myself makes me a better caregiver for my mom.