Embracing the Rest

Rest. Do you get enough? I’m not talking about sleep I’m talking about rest. Like not moving, taking time to be and not be busy. I have been forced to lately.

If you don’t follow me on social media, you have not seen my post yesterday. A week and a half ago I was diagnosed with a spinal compression. The bones in my back are beginning to rub together and it’s causing back pain and pressure on my lower back. It doesn’t come to me as a huge surprise because back problems run in my family and scoliosis does as well.

But seeing my not so good x-ray compared to a normal one was shocking. It was undeniable proof that my back is compressing and that is causing my back pain. Last week was a tough week with pain, but this week is so much better. I had another adjustment last Saturday and my body took to it much better than the week before.

Taking the fitness I had been doing off the table was a blow for my mental health. But this week, I am looking at it differently. I am looking at it as what can I get done in the house this week, how can I be active with W? Things that I CAN do instead of the things I CAN’T. Nutrition also falls into that category and that is something I have been focusing on hard this week.

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade and that is exactly what I am doing. This could go on for a while so I have to find a way to keep the progress I have found on this journey. The fitness journey is changed for me, but that’s how life is. It changes, it flows it brings new things.

I like to look at it this way: I am being forced to slow down, my body needs the rest. I obviously have something else that needs my attention. The universe is telling me that my energy and time need to be placed in other places. Which is frustrating but I must accept it. I cannot fight this, it is happening to me and if I fight it, it will only bring me down.

Finding that balance of acceptance and pushing is hard sometimes. I was pushing against that flow last week and I was in a lot of pain and very unhappy. This week I am focusing on what I can control and enjoying my days with my son and I am moving more, I am in less pain and I am in a much better mood.

So yes, it is tough but it is up to you how it effects you. You are strong. You can do hard things.


Published by Empowered Mama Coach

Hi, I'm Valerie! I am a Postpartum Empowerment Coach here to help guide you through the new journey of motherhood! Here I will share what I have learned, give tips on how to be more present in life and show you that you can stop sleepwalking through your life and start living it!

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