It’s week 3 of the Fit Body Reboot and it could not hit at a better time in my life. You see, I just moved into my own place for the first time in over 4 years. That’s right! For the past year and a half, I’ve been shacking with my folks and prior to that, I had roommates. So needless to say, this past week (or few weeks rather) have been full of emotions and some stress. Week 1 and 2 geared me up for this eventful time in my life. And after a very stressful and exhausting weekend of moving and trying to make my new place feel like home, I am ready to relax and reboot.
Week 3 is all about ways to recover and unwind. If you have been following along on this 4 week journey to redemption, you will understand that everything occurs in a cycle. That’s why Sydney and I designed this journey the way that we have. Besides trying to stay up on my regimen of 3 workouts a week, I’ve been planning this move, a trip to Ecuador in two weeks (more on that later!), and trying to stay on top of my blog. It’s been a nice challenge and I have to say that I’m becoming an expert at juggling. So how do I manage to take leaps forward in my life while not completely burning out? It’s all in the recovery. But not just typical stretching and sleep. I have some little secrets that help me stay refreshed, energized, and emotionally stable. Let me share them with you.
My Secret Recovery Methods
It’s already May and I feel like my life has been constantly transforming and evolving at such a rapid pace. Sometimes I have to pinch myself at my good-luck or take a deep breath to keep from being overwhelmed. Here’s how I keep up with the fast and exciting pace of my life.
- I practice the Art of Allowing & Letting Go. The Art of Allowing is something I learned from spiritual medium Esther Hicks of Abraham Hicks fame. I love listening to her teachings. The inspire me to dream big, take inspired action, and then you guessed it, Let Go! I just watched the movie “Something New” with Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker (such a hottie) and one of the premises of the film was to “let go, let flow” a concept of living life to the fullest without attachment to the outcome. When I’m working towards a major goal I have to constantly remind myself to let go, let flow. All things come to you at the right time. In the mean time keep carving and shaping out your desires. The letting go part frees you from the anxiety and stress that can come with ruminating on something you are attached to. I highly recommend you check out some of Ether Hick’s work, it’s been a total game changer for me.
- Dancing has been a source of renewal for me. I love to move my body freely with abandon. When I was at my parents home in the country, I’d dance on the back porch at night. It was so nice to feel the night air on my skin and smell the fresh air. I’ll miss those moments at home with no one watching. Now that I am in the heart of Austin, I’ll be dancing in the privacy of my apartment. LOL. I don’t want my neighbors to think I’m crazy (to be honest I don’t really care if they do). My favorite dance studio in Austin is Esquina Tango. This community funded haven for creative expression hosts Latin dance and language classes. I take their Samba intermediate class because it’s high energy, allows me to be in my feminine power, and it’s so much fun!
- Yoga is a physically restorative practice that challenges the body to bend past it’s known limits. It’s perfect on your off days from working out because it allows your body to move in a non-stressful way. Typical workout regimens can be taxing on our body even though it’s also so good for it. Recovery is like the moon to the sun. It’s a subtle power that allows the other to shine. I love taking hot yoga classes at Black Swan here in Austin, Texas or a Yin Yoga class at East Side Yoga.
- Baths are another restorative practice you can try. I took a bath for the first time in months yesterday. I hadn’t yet bought a shower curtain, so I turned on the water and added some soothing bath beads. It felt so nice to allow my body to unwind in the warm water. Especially after a long day of moving. Add some lavender oil or lime oil to your bath for an au naturel aroma therapy session. If you are feeling soar from a intense workout or have tight muscles from a long work week, add some Epson salt to help soothe and relax those muscles.
As you can probably tell, I love recovering. It’s an excuse to really take time to shine yourself up. Love on yourself a bit this week. And if you see me dancing around Austin, Texas this weekend, just know that I’m in recovery week and you are totally welcome to join me.
In what ways do you recover? Comment below!