I believe that healthy body and mind require a lot of work. When it comes to your body, it is definitely about perseverance and knowing what works for you. In my case, for example, I never liked running, cycling or any type of cardio training. The only type of exercise that makes me happy is yoga or Pilates.
I think that keeping healthy body is easier than having healthy mind. Why? Because we are bombarded by thousands of toxic thoughts and negative information every day. If you don’t know that thought is just a thought and not a fact, you will believe it. That is why healthy mind requires a lot of awareness and presence. Once you become aware of the voice in your head that keeps talking on and on, you can realize that it is just a voice. And you are not that voice. You are the one who is aware of that voice. That is my daily practice now. It helps me remain sane…or at least to think before I act. It helps me when I feel down and helpless, when my daughter cries and I can’t console her, when I loose my patience or when I get annoyed with someone. I know that it is caused by cocktail of hormones that flooded my body during and after pregnancy. I know that those negative thoughts are not true. But it still takes a lot of presence and awareness not to believe and act on them.
There are several things that I do right now to feel better. I returned to the way I ate before I got pregnant and I started detoxing my body with Olife. It is a water infused with olive leaves and Calendula Officinalis. It is full of antioxidants and has many health benefits. It has a bittersweet taste and smells like honey. It reminds me of homemade ice-tea. I take 70 ml in the morning and try to drink around two liters of water during the day. It is a nice addition to my regular breakfast: açaí bowl with almonds and chia seeds.
I also tried postnatal workout from Tracy Anderson. But boy, it is hard! I managed to do two rounds out of three. I was so proud of myself until I blocked my back. It was a reminder that I should slow down… and go back to my soft yoga practice. Even though I exercised while I was pregnant, I feel very stiff and tense. Nine months of pregnancy is a long time.
I would like to finish with an episode from The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet. I discovered the series few days ago through a friend. I really love the interview with Leslie Bennets on financial autonomy (it is after Lady Gaga). It is something that I will teach my daughter as soon as she is old enough to understand.
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!