I had the rare opportunity today to have a hypnotherapy session. I offered to be a test subject for someone just learning. What a great experience!
I have done hypnotherapy before, but it has been a few years now. Now, keep in mind, this is clinical hypnotherapy, which is different than a stage show. It's not for comedy, but rather to delve deep into the subconscious mind to help work on a specific issue.
I choose the topic of stress. I'm a pretty stressed person, in general, so I felt like I couldn't go wrong with this topic! When you are hypnotized, you are in a deep state but you are still aware of things around you. Don't worry, you won't reveal your deep dark secrets. It is a reprogramming of your mind to take a different path. It was very relaxing, and I came out of it feeling refreshed.
Super exciting to be able to have this experience today! If you haven't tried hypnotherapy, you should! It's effective, non invasive, and extremely relaxing!
I'm such a slacker! 3 entries in one! Well, it's not so much that as it is that I choose to not always login to work on the weekends.
I had a hard time this weekend though, deciding what was acceptable as 30 minutes of self care... in a challenge that I invented for myself. The irony doesn't pass me by, my friends.
Saturday - I chose a nap! I really needed it. I just felt burnt out. It last a bit under and hour, but I curled up with my puppies and feel asleep. I posted a picture of Breaker below as proof of our nap time together :).
Sunday - Pool time. I spent time just floating around. I actually didn't keep track of time, either. I just enjoyed the sunshine and warm water. I floated on my back for a few minutes, and got really lost in the clouds above.
Monday - I did 2 rounds of 30 minutes today! I just woke up feeling very tired. I go through periods like this. Wiped out. I always attribute it to Epstein Barr, but I'm never quite sure. Today, I chose 30 minutes of sauna this morning. Then, after a very busy morning, I just hit an afternoon wall. I took advantage of the bio mat and caught a quick 30 min snooze before diving into the night work.
I know you all think that there is no way you could nap at work. True enough. But, some perspective. I work 13 hours straight on Mondays. And we don't take lunches. So, and afternoon break is well deserved!
PS - STILL not feeling that this is a habit.
Fantastic day!!! I waited really late in the day to get in my 30. Okay, I actually FORGOT to do it until a client called to tell me how she hasn't been keeping up on her self care.. and - ding ding ding - neither had I!
I asked my trusty business partner and best bud, Lynn if she was up for sharing a reiki session with me. I used the bio mat, too, and WOW!
I was OUT like a lamp. Click - done. It was amazing. I slept for a bit, then was in a nice twilight for awhile, noticing and feeling the energy.
I give reiki often, but don't often receive treatments, so this was a special treat! If you've never had reiki, it's a practice of channeling energy from the practitioner to the client. The energy knows where it needs to go to heal you naturally. Most of my clients feel it. Some see it (colors, waves of light) when their eyes are closed. It is very relaxing and helps reduce stress.
If you haven't tried reiki, come on in for a session! It's so great!
PS - This is BY FAR the best still face ever for my video!!
Welp... Day 9. I've been making my way around the Wellness Center, testing out all the detox services. Floating is our #1 attraction, but I hadn't added it to my collection of detoxes till today.
Don't get me wrong, I've floated plenty of times. Just not in the past week. Or the past month. Maybe two. This is what I mean by convenience doesn't matter. My office is directly across from the pod. Why am I not swimming in it daily?! It's like when you buy a treadmill or a hot tub and SWEAR you will use it. Anddd... we all know how that story ends. I feel like we have attention spans of goldfish sometimes. Or Dory from "Finding Nemo."
Today, I had time to float, so I did. Floating is quite amazing. Warm water, 900 lbs of epson salt, meditation music.. ahhh. But, I have to say, I'm out of the practice of floating. I made it about 16 minutes before I began to fidget. I really enjoy floating, so it surprised me! I was in a great meditative state, and then BAM, I was out of it. I checked my time, and wow - only half way through my 30. I was surprised.
I decided I would "tough out" the next 15 minutes. I was doing stretches in the pod, moving around in the water. I have been nursing (aka mostly ignoring) some shoulder pain I have had for over a month now, so I knew the salt water would be good for it. It was therapy for that, if nothing else.
Then, I started to feel distracted by things, like suddenly I was too hot. Then I noticed a cut that burned a little. Am I becoming more in tune with myself with these observations? Or am I actually less in tune with my mind and more focused on things around me?
I decided the latter rung more true. Interesting, how even after more than a week, I cannot always just fall into relaxation. Sure doesn't feel like I've established this as a habit yet.
First - I made it a WHOLE WEEK! I have completed 7 days straight of 30 minutes a day "detoxing". Yahhh!
On to week 2! I pause to say that I do not feel this is a habit yet, though. I could easily fall off, as was evident of yesterday.
I pulled it together today! I committed to my 30 minutes early in the day. I had a set plan in my head as I pulled out of my driveway this morning. I stuck to it!
I have been craving the sauna. I suppose we all do that -- get stuck (addicted) to one "thing" for awhile, then eventually move away from it and into another. Food, hobbies, exercise routines, TV shows... I can see how it's a pattern of human nature. Currently, sauna seems to be my go to.
Today, I listened to my body and I went with it. I purposely didn't take my phone with me! Since yesterday, all I did was squander time and use it as a distraction.
Instead, I used the time to meditate. I had been wanting to do that as well, so it was a double win meditating in the sauna! Funny, even in relaxation I feel proud about being productive. Sheesh!
I had a great sauna meditation. I felt like I really got to connect and let go at the same time. I was pondering some ideas, and I felt like I received some clarity. Clarity always comes in the spaces of silence. It's not coincidence. It was a nice reminder that the answers are often right there... we just have to tune in and be quiet enough to hear them.
Happy wellness Wednesday, and welcome to week 2!
Day 7 felt like a huge mess! I really struggled with the 30 minutes, and felt very mindless the entire time. I was really disconnected from the whole experience.... which is something I only realized at the END of it. It was such a mess, that I never even took the time to blog about it. Plus, I completely forgot to do a video! Clearly, this is not yet a habit or I would have remembered!
I had "off" yesterday (as any small business owner knows, that is code for 'do a ton of other stuff'). I ended up in the office, somewhat with the intention that I would get in my 30 minutes. I planned to do it immediately upon arriving. We open at noon on Tuesdays, and I had about an hour of quiet before things got rolling.
But, things were rolling when I arrived. The phone rang soon after I came in. And, again, as a small business owner, when people call, you answer! So, I got caught up in one thing, leading to another, and so forth and so on. You've all been there.
I finally decided to "get in" the 30 minutes of self care very late in the afternoon. I felt rushed. I had a lot on my mind. I chose the bio mat. It's an "easy" choice. My biggest mistake? I took in my phone. I planned to listening to music. But, I didn't.
I ended up chatting back and forth on text, answering messages, emails, etc. All of which is unnecessary and can wait 30 minutes. After my session was all done, I was on autopilot to the next thing. But, then I paused... and realized THIS is exactly WHY I really need 30 minutes each day! Because I need to be present, engaged, mindful. I wasn't that at all yesterday.
It was an interesting lesson. Seeing how I quickly dismissed the time I set aside for myself to preoccupied thoughts. I easily distracted myself and focused on everything but myself.
I'm glad I had this experience. It made me reign it in and realize how often I spend time not being present, even if that was my intention to begin with! This isn't a "go through the motions" challenge. Otherwise, it just becomes another "thing" I need to do.
30 minutes is not a tremendous amount of time to unplug. No one needs me that urgently in most cases. It can all wait while I just take a couple of minutes to center myself.
Welcome to Monday. #motivationmonday #iamnotafanofmonday :)
Back at work, and I'm making my way around the services to try throughout the 21 days. Today, I choose ionic foot bath. This is a cool service because, unlike others, you can SEE the results. The water begins clear, and as you detox, the toxins are pulled through the pores of your feet, turning the water various colors.
I decided on foot bath today since I hadn't done one in a couple of weeks. I just completed round 2 of 3 rounds of heavy duty meds. As you may realize, medicine really taxes your liver. It's the liver's job to filter all the junk out of our bodies. I did a foot bath exactly two weeks ago, after round 1. So, I felt I should be consistent and do it today as well.
Today, my water was orange (joints/muscles) and brown (liver). Not surprising. But, I was so happy to see that I didn't end up with tons of other stuff, too! Which means my clean out is working!! Two weeks ago, my foot bath was FULL of thick, gross stuff, covered in lymph bubbles, and flecks of white (candida). Today, just dark water. Success!
Tomorrow rounds out my first week of this challenge. It's going fast!
Sunday. The day of rest. Or, if you have a 1 year old, the day of not rest.
The day proved challenging to find the 30 minutes to myself. I had to actually wait until my son took his 3pm nap. Even then, as silly as it sounds, I had to remember the challenge. I plopped on the couch at 3pm, exhausted and sooo ready to just zone out with the TV. But, as I picked up the remote, my mind said, "Oh right.. I'm supposed to take 30 minutes to do self care."
But what? I decided to download a quick app to my phone, headed outside into the sunshine, grabbed my hammock from the garage, and got to "work!"
I am so glad I did the meditation outside. At first, I thought I wouldn't be able to focus. But, eventually, I was even able to block out the dog's moving around and my husband's chainsaw. I fell into the meditation, and eventually right to sleep!
I ended up napping for about 20 minutes beyond the meditation. I woke up not quite sure where I was, or how long I had been passed out, but I felt refreshed!
Meditation is one of those things you sure can do anywhere. Guided helps keeps your mind on track and clear of all the other "noise" in your head. I enjoy both, but glad I choose the app to help get me into the right head space.
Happy weekend!! I have to say that I thought the weekend would be really challenging to get in my 30 minutes of self care. Today, I had to get up earlier than I would on a typical Saturday (although still not as early as a normal workday). But, it felt SO HARD - so silly.
In any case, I set my alarm, and came into work and did my 30 minutes before my first client. I had to do my video afterwards because I pushed my time to close to my next appointment, but that's okay! I did it!
I found myself craving the sauna again. I didn't sweat nearly as much as I had the other day, but I still was pretty darn gross (which feels so good)!
Two observations now that I'm 4 days in to this experiment: I seem to wake up grumpy a lot! Other's probably know this more than I tend to recognize it (lol). But the 30 minutes in the morning really has started a good trend of reflecting on how I FEEL. Clearly, how I feel impact my mood, and therefore impacts the rest of my day. So, recognizing my grumpiness, I was able to dig deeper on that, decided it didn't serve me, and let it go.
In doing so, (these are my observations about my observations :), I also remembered that, I, 1: Should set an intention each and every day for my day. What is my purpose that day? What do I want to accomplish and why? Aimlessness doesn't get you anywhere at all. Energy flows where Focus goes. Also, 2: That the last 5 minutes before you fall asleep are critical in how your next day unfolds. Fall asleep anxious and stressed, you'll wake up that way. You deeply manifest in your sleep. So, I need to make an effort to remember that they last 5 minutes count! I want to create something amazing in that 5 minutes and let my dreams bring it to life!
My other observation: For the first time in starting this, I feel excited for tomorrow's session! Since I won't be coming into work, I will need to be creative in what I want to do at home to get in my 30 minutes.
Have a great day!