I was supposed to be getting off a plane right now for an important business trip.
Sometimes we need to choose making space for our body & health over other things in life.
I really truly have felt at my upper limits for a while now in some ways with everything on my plate for our e3 Energy Evolved members, further development of our mission, workload and our personal commitments, even with the amazing, growing team we have!
I’ve had days where I’ve felt like all the plates I have to keep spinning right now are just too much, and I needed to call the ball.
So instead of choosing where my heart and mind want to be right now, involved in more learning and growth for our e3 Energy Evolved mission to help others, I’m home writing this blog in my home office with my dogs resting peacefully at my feet, getting priority work tasks checked off the list, looking forward to some much-needed rest and reconnection time with my husband and myself this weekend.
Beating my thyroid illness naturally was a very long practice of learning to strengthen my ability to listen to my body & interpret what it needed from me at another level. I am much more in tune with & protective of my body today, than I was pre-Hashimoto’s & auto immune illness.
Our bodies need a lot more from us each day or week than simply go-go-go, work, over use and constant demands. They need play time, rest time, restoration time, movement, time to breath and take life in, being in flow time doing the things we enjoy, are good at, and help us connect with our own personal gifts.
We can’t expect others to know or determine our bodies upper limits for us. We also can’t expect others to protect them when our body needs us to give more inward & less outward.
It’s always our daily responsibility to tune in to, be mindful of and protect our personal body, and be monitoring it at all times.
And anyone’s judgement or attempt at a guilt trip related to why you make the decisions you do for your own body are irrelevant because they are their truth, not yours. We don’t need others to understand why we make the decisions we do, we simply need their support when we say, “It’s time.” I learned to let go of guilt for saying no to others in my life when it was my life that was at stake. And, that’s a very healthy and freeing habit for us women to learn & develop, because frankly we aren’t built that way naturally and we don’t do it well.
We have to be the ones always minding the measure, asking to be supported unconditionally by others when we need it, and speaking up.
If we are actively listening to & trusting our bodies ability to tell us what it needs, it will. It is so easy today with how outwardly focused & tuned out most people are to miss the importance of tuning in to recognize these important shifts & conversations with our bodies.
I am a completely type A, adrenaline-junkie, Pitta personality to a T, and most of the women and men we support as private members who come to us for natural thyroid, adrenal and metabolism restoration are as well.
We are high drivers, we push hard, we take it all on, believe we can do it all ourselves, but the one thing that unites us is our struggle to let that side of our personality get a bit too out of control where we fail to recognize our reasonable limits, to the point our minds can push us to a place our bodies simply can’t keep up over long periods of time.
My whole motto used to be the “I’m limitless” mindset, I love it too, I totally get it!
If you’re one of these adrenaline junkies, success chasers, have it all people like me, listen up. Screw the constant mindset of limitless, because the reality is we DO all have limits at some point! And, if we push all the time, you’re bound to hit them at 100 miles per hour eventually like I did, and it’s not pretty, fun or cheap to fix.
My success at healing my thyroid illness drug-free, even synthroid and Amour free, wasn’t just a road of the physical, but the mental. Now I accept a modified version of my limitlessness which is best summed up in a quote that is now really meaningful to me coming out of my illness and back to internal balance in my body, “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.”
These last few weeks, I’ve been re-evaluating, taking a step back, re-organizing priorities and deadlines & chopping the unnecessary off the list.
When you feel your upper limit creeping on, what do you do?
Do you notice it? Do you feel in tune with it? Do you panic or protect your body?
Take inventory right now of what’s on your list and going on in your life. Where can you reorganize, redistribute, delegate & chop off to create space?
It’s okay if you want to be limitless. Just realize you’re not limitless all the time, and throw in a few limits for good measure.
And, if you’re struggling with your own digestive, immune or endocrine system imbalances, reach out to our team to schedule a complimentary guest consultation and assessment so you can discover all the blocks still holding you back from conquering your thyroid, adrenal and metabolism concerns naturally & completely.
Author: Heather Dubé, HHC, AADP, ACSM CWC, NASM CPT, NC Cand. & BA Psychology, is a Functional Nutrition Practitioner, US National-Level Natural NPC Figure Bodybuilding Competitor & Contributing Expert Magazine Writer with 24 years experience, and Co-Founder of the e3 Energy Evolved™ System.
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