My Body Made Me Do It!

I am a mother of 3 girls, ages 8, 5 and 2 years old. And I am an entrepreneur. I am very busy all the time, and on top of this, my in-laws are coming today from Paris to stay in our home for one month.

We all know that we have to take care of ourselves and squeeze in some self-care activity. But in reality, we always seem to put ourselves last on the list! There is some self-care activities that I just loooove. Every time I take a yoga class I promise myself that I will do it at least twice a week. Recently I discovered Nia* and was so excited that I went home and announced to my family that I wanted to go at least every Saturday morning.

Well, I haven’t been to a yoga class in 6 months, and I took only two Nia classes in the last two months. I have been running and doing some grueling cardio exercises to keep fit, but I seem to have a hard time allowing myself to simply relax and have fun dancing or doing asanas.

Today I had a wake up call because I actually couldn’t get up from my bed!

My back was killing me from vacuuming my car yesterday and lifting my toddler from her crib. That’s when I realized that if I don’t allow my body to take it more slowly, then my body will do it for me. And it hurts!

So today I finally did put myself first:

  • before my clients

  • before the business opportunities that I want to grab and the challenges that I am ready to overcome

  • before everything on my to-do list (getting the room ready for my guests, folding the 4 loads of laundry and putting them away, updating my database, following up with my leads, finishing an article on 5 tips for the Success Minded Mother Entrepreneur….)

I would allow myself to use a gift certificate and enjoy a one-hour FULL BODY massage! I pulled out the certificate, and it was dated December 2006!

*”Nia is a well-being fitness and lifestyle program. It is the original and most advanced form of fitness fusion. Nia blends the martial arts, the healing arts and the dance arts to create a high powered, synergistic workout that no isolated exercise technique can match. Nia is a blend of form (simple choreography) and freedom (freedance). The music is uplifting and inspiring. Nia is ideal for all ages and fitness levels. It’s all about the Joy of Movement!”

Courtesy of the Center for Nia and Yoga