“Self -care means giving yourself permission to pause.” – Cecilia Tran
I glance down at the Almighty Scale speechless. Yesterday was quite a day. After stepping on to it and having a net gain over the last few days, I knew something wasn’t right with my body. I felt like something was stuck in me and incredibly bloated. My legs felt like they were wrapped in rubber bands that had a throbbing headache. Does this ever happen to you? Normally, I would have pushed past it and gone on with my day, but there is something about this self- care, self -awareness, journaling journey I’m on that wouldn’t let me. And oh, by the way, if you are trying to solve a problem and I mean any problem with your body, please journal. You will be amazed at the discoveries you make!
I decided to cancel the plans I had to attend a baby shower of a dear friend that day and take care of myself. This was incredibly out of character. I was raised by a man who didn’t take a single sick day in 29.5 years of employment with one company. The family mantra was something like, you do what you say you are going to do unless you have a fever in the mid 102 plus range or you are puking, period. Additionally, the party girl – social lite in me just hates to miss a good party. Because of my journaling and awareness, I knew I had to take care of myself.
When my Husband came into the room, I announced I scheduled a massage. This was crazy for two reasons. One, I had just splurged on a high-ticket item for myself yesterday and saying I was going to spend more money pampering myself had to seem overly self-indulgent to him. The other was, we had a sitter scheduled and it was supposed to be our date afternoon – the couples shower and a boat ride. He touched my very swollen leg and gave my plans his approval.
I jumped in the tub for a quick Epson salt bath before the massage. While in the tub, I text my new friend and owner of Ginztonix, an amazing holistic spa. She suggested I come in for an infrared sauna because they are incredible at detoxing. So, the day was getting more surreal and I honestly couldn’t remember the last time I did this much self-care in one day. Once I got there, she suggested I spend some additional time on a MassageEnergy table that was like nothing I’ve ever done. Her kindness was boundless, and she wrapped up my session with a gift of Pink Himalayan mineral soak and directions to take a bath.
When Tony and I finally got to our date night, I ate shrimp and scallops and drank six glasses of water in two hours. Then I persuaded him to go for a walk instead of having another beer, and that was most likely my biggest accomplishment of the day!
So, almighty scale, I canceled party plans, shortened my date day, took an Epson salt bath, got a massage, spent time in the infrared sauna, laid on the massage table, and took a Himalayan salt bath. I would greatly appreciate it if you showed me some mercy when I step on you.
And she did – down 2 pounds! More importantly, the swelling is about 80% better.
What are you doing to pamper yourself today?