Self-care is not self-ish. It is essential for the long-term sustainability of your body, your mind, and your whole life. While self-care looks different for everyone, there can be some common areas in which to evaluate your life in order to know what you need to nourish your body. In my women’s pelvic health physical therapy practice, I tend to provide my patients with body practices and equally important, breathing and self-regulation practices to learn to live in a more “peaceful” nervous system state. This affects everything else, including the pelvis and pelvic organs.
This is a short post and I’m not really saying anything new this time. Lately, Life has called to me to remind me about the importance of choosing in to care for myself, especially when life is full. Truly, when I say to myself that I will work on something in my body, mind, or soul when I am finished with this training, or that project, or the “crazy-busy next couple-of-weeks,” the ironic thing is that is does not seem to slow after whatever that thing is. For me, it requires a priority shift...
I have heard it said, and so will not take credit, that whatever load I am carrying is there because I said ‘yes’ to things. Certainly life also throws curve balls that we feel like we have to pick up and did not ask for: a chronically sick child, an elder parent needing assistance, or an unexpected relational or structural failure that needs our resources and attention.
That being said, there are always a few things on my plate though that I put there, that I said ‘yes’ to. Funny thing, when I reflect on how ‘over-full’ my time, attention, and schedule feel, I cannot recall why in the world I ever would have said ‘yes’ to them in the first place! And then the reflection becomes a little more vulnerable when I ask myself if my ‘yes’ had anything to do with unmet needs that I might be feeling the weight of on the inside…
As I consider what I want to focus on with the slowing of this summer season and entering into fall, putting my own self-care, and particularly pelvic care, back at the forefront is a primary priority for me. Somehow it was scooted to the edge of my plate, and it’s calling me back to tend to my body in loving and wise ways. I encourage you to consider where you are with your own self-care and, because this is a pelvic health blog, pelvic care.
-Are you still leaking after the birth of your child?
-Do you still have pain with sex?
-Is your period still horribly painful month after month?
-Are menopausal symptoms still getting the best of you and causing you to feel less than your most vibrant self?
You are worth it. Your pelvis and her contents are worth it.
What new self-care do you need to engage, whether it’s on your own or with a little guidance, to help you return to vitality in this new season? I would love to hear from you about what new practices you want to engage! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to share your ideas or to have a chat about how I might be able to help you get back on track.