Hey guys! How was your Labor Day weekend? I hope you spent time with family and friends, got outside, took naps, enjoyed ice cream, and truly appreciated an extra day added on to the weekend. I always feel that long weekends absolutely require a third “buffer” day. Long weekends are packed to the brim with travel, events, and get-togethers that the extra day is essential to easing back into the week. I know that I definitely needed yesterday to mentally prepare for the week ahead.
September is upon us. Temperatures here in Wisconsin will start to dip into the beautiful low 70’s and high 60’s. And I’m finally ready for the shift in seasons. I’m ready for the crisp air in the mornings, sweet apples in season, drinking tea in the mornings, and falling asleep with the cool breeze coming through open windows.
With my readiness for a change in seasons also comes new opportunities and a full calendar. Every weekend is booked until the end of the month. The days in my planner are filling up with scribbled notes of appointments, personal training and health coaching clients, and subbing for classes at the gym. These are all things I love and enjoy. Regardless, we still need time for ourselves.
Self-care is one of the things that I speak to the most when I train clients. Unfortunately, a lot of us feel guilty for taking time for ourselves. We say ‘yes’ to projects and engagements that don’t excite us and instead fill us with anxiety. We sacrifice sleep, good nutrition, and move less in order to work longer hours. We’ll keep going until our bodies refuse to go anymore. We’ll get sick and be forced to slow down, rest, and take care of ourselves. In order to be the best version of ourselves, we must do the things that recharge us. Making sure we sleep 8-9 hours each night, eat whole foods, move every day, and do daily check-ins with ourselves are all ways in which we can ensure we keep our bodies, minds, and spirits healthy. What do we need? A day off from work? An hour of quiet? A long walk? Time with a friend? An afternoon nap?
This month, I hope that self-care is on the top of your priority list. It’s not selfish and no guilt should be felt. It’s absolutely necessary. It’s how we are able to pour our hearts into the work and people we love. A new season is upon us and it’s the perfect time to evaluate how we spend our days. What will self-care look like for you? How will you make it a part of your days?
Happy September! See you Friday 🙂