Fill up your cup. We have all heard it. But what does it exactly mean to you?
Lately, I have been really focusing on asking myself how I am doing mentally as well as physically. Not just waking up, zipping off, and rushing through it all. Turns out that I have a tendency to empty my entire cup with all the intention in the world to fill it. That type A mindset really can nip ya in the tush if you are not careful. Read below about how I am dialing it back down in order to see and feel, the bigger picture.
Basically, filling up your cup should mean whatever you think you are in need of at a particular moment. Saying no to everything/everyone else around you, just to be able to hone into what you need more of. If it's a big cozy cup of coffee to make you feel a pause in your day- than that is what you need to do to feel full again. That is what it was for me the other day! (See the photo above). I enjoyed great big lunch and coffee, all entirely alone. I realized I needed to be alone that day to feel sturdy and be more connected to my mind. Enough time to myself to even spark up the inspiration for this post.
Assuming if you are reading this, you are into leading a healthy lifestyle full of tons of sweat and effort. With tons of that going on, there is also tons of exhaustion that could easily follow. Or maybe on the complete opposite spectrum, you are new to fitness and eager to start. Bravo!
IN IT TO WIN IT.
Wherever you may fall, it is a journey. With all the motivation in the world at your finger tips ( hello Instagram!) , I feel can come tons of pressure too! The pressure to "stay in it." The pressure not to get "off track." Most posts I see, I find myself getting amped up on filling my day with workouts and setting the bar higher and higher each day. But woah, #nodaysoff is not for me. More people I follow on Instagram are touching on how important rest is and to embrace LIVING your life as well as celebrating it through sweat. Choosing experiences over restrictions. (Thanks to @gofitjo for the post holiday guilt post !) I would be lying if I said, scrolling through my feed sometimes didn't make me antsy to do something awesome for myself. Scrolling through my feed has me wanting to do MORE some days. The pressure of turning what should have been a rest day - straight into an active one.
I became empty rather than full. Now-I ask myself how I am feeling and I go from there. Once I started really diving into the fitness world, I seemed to have chucked my hobbies to the side. Wow, I used to paint. I used to draw, mash up photos and collage, and write in my journal. Oh, there's that Bachelor degree in Fine Arts too! Everything came back to me on the past few months and ever since, I have been weaving it back into my life. Peeling back the layers by asking myself how I am feeling physically and mentally, helps the anxious feeling of overflowing my cup.
FILL VS. OVERFLOW
Filling up your cup can be ANYTHING. It also should be A LOT of different things. Don't always get stuck in one way. Make time for the things you love, to reconnect to someone on a deeper level, shut off your damn phone because you can, get rid of the noise sometimes, and yeah, get started on that blank canvas. I started with not working my days off around a bracket of time in order to get into my favorite studio class. On those days, I tend to work out at home instead. The power of 30 minutes on a mat has been really changing the game for me. This also leaves me with all the time to be productive. It saves me money, travel time, and shower time! My days off no longer consists of a million things. If I am feeling up to it- my favorite thing is to head into the city by myself and take a class to feel inspired. But if some days it is easier for me to be at home and at my own pace- I tune in. Maybe I just have a slow start to the day instead. Maybe I prep a beautiful breakfast for myself, foam roll, and paint. That to me is finding my healthiest self.
WHY IT MATTERS.
So maybe you're thinking, what is the point of this post? I just wanted to share what I personally want out of 2017. Maybe you have felt like me. Working so hard, fitting in nonstop workouts, errands galore, or trying to keep up with those around you. Keeping a healthy lifestyle but loosing the magical touches of life because you are always on the go. Saying you are always BUSY is something I want to avoid saying. As yourself this question: Are you over scheduling yourself? I definitely have felt the difference between being productive vs. over production. Over production just means over exertion. Somedays are for throwing your to-do list out the damn window or keeping your Fitbit on your dresser for another day.
In the New Year, I want to make time to fill my cup up OTHER ways. Tuning into both my body and spirit to find out what I have been neglecting. The point of this post is that, these OTHER things are just as healthy as a killer workout. If that means you have to sign yourself up for a cooking class somewhere because you wanted to know more about the art of cooking- do it. Maybe you have to call the babysitter and ask for help.
Yes. ASK for help.
Go back to something that you used to find peace in. Re-visit that and spark it back up again. For me, it is art. Right now I am learning how to screen print clothing in my basement and I plan to treat myself to "Beyond The Basics" class through one of my favorite blogs, http://www.abeautifulmess.com/home_decor/. I have been wanting to brush up on my photography skills and the difference between now and then, is that I'm not going to be "too busy" for it.
Oh, and I am going to stop saying that I want to get back into the rock gym to climb. I mean, I did invest in my own shoes along with a chalk bag a few years ago. I even went as far as ordering a bag off Etsy with a sweet embroidered wolf pack on the front. Where the heck did that intention all go?
Find yourself again by leading with the things you love to do and you will find yourself full. Let's all stop boasting about being over exerted (myself included). If something feels too forced, I simply let it go that day. If it is not the day for something you had planned, let it go. Instead of fighting it, I back off and do what will make the day feel good. That is healthy. That is living healthy. The way I see it- exercise is always there. I move for the future now. To keep my body strong, stretched, challenged, and balanced so that I can keep going. Moving is my most favorite thing to do. But as my mom would say, "too much of anything is not good." She is right. Now, I see the importance of all these OTHER things that keep me in check.
Exercise your mind. Exercise your passions. Exercise the curiosity of something new.
I am starting to realize that saying no to a workout has tested my mental strength hardcore. Instead now- I choose to cheer on those crushing workouts and I just look forward to my next one. In the meantime, I am waking up with a sketchbook at my feet and markers in my hair.
@KaleySkoglund @gofitjo @workoutbean @evelynnkess @surfyogabeer @movemeantfound @gillianxobrien @thisisnatalie @_roxie_jones_ @mantaszvinas @getfitbrooklyn @wellandgoodnyc @charleeatkins , just to name a few!
Well+ Good + Le Sweat, are sharing this concern to! The problem of not resting and the pressures of keeping busy! Thank you. Thank you.
Check out their take on importance of rest and self love here. https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/stop-glorifying-how-busy-you-are/slide/4/ https://le-sweat.com/one-day-off-is-the-new-nodaysoff/