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.

-Valerie

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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