Part of self-compassion is not being angry at your body.
It doesn't serve.
It's okay to feel frustrated, but it's also important to listen and to respond to what your body needs.
Do what you can with what you have, in the moment.
I'm in a unique situation, tapering off of my antidepressant medication. December 2020 will mark 2 years of this journey. And I likely have another two years to go, if I'm being honest. I just slept 11 hours. I had a horrible headache last night that lasted through til this morning. I felt like I was crazy and losing my mind. It's been 8 weeks since my last dosage change, and ordinarily I'm back to 100% by this point. I spent a goodly amount of time throwing myself a pity party yesterday and being frustrated and angry with my body.
I want to be back to fully functional.
I want to be doing all the things I love to do with all of my usual energy and vigor.
When I took some ibuprofen for my headache this morning and went back to bed, though, I was listening to what my body needed. When I woke up, I felt amazing.
My body is on its own journey.
It doesn't have to mean anything about me as a person.
My job is simply to listen to it, show it love and compassion, provide what it tells me it needs, and to nurture it back to health.
This is self compassion.
Not only towards my body, but this is me showing compassion for myself.
I'm going through a lot! I need to love myself through this.
I coached someone yesterday on something similar.
His head was getting ahead of his body, his heart.
He was focused forward, doing a million things at a thousand miles an hour.
Because he was so in his head, he was struggling to be present with his family.
He was struggling to answer the question - what do you want?
Those things come from the heart.
I know this story very well!
I've always been a very analytical, thinking person.
It's been difficult for me to learn how to get into my body.
How to slow down. How to tune in.
In some ways, I've learned the hard way through this health challenge.
But I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Learning the skill has been invaluable.
I feel more in-tune with my body than I ever have.
It's a joy and an honor to share this learning with others.
If you'd like a facilitator, a guide to help you learn how to create more balance between your brain and your body, send me a message. We can create that experience for you.
Be well friends.