When was the last time you stopped everything, and just did that one thing you really needed to do?

I know taking care of myself will allow me to sleep better, and be better rested (mentally, emotionally, and physically). My step counter and I have been been out of sync; I have not gotten my 10,000 steps during the day, and I am feeling it. My supplements have fallen out of my daily routine as well, and as a result it seems like things are starting to go wrong.

So I made a change this past weekend. I re-started doing things for myself again, and it started with taking a relaxing bath. In the tub, I got to cleanse, to grieve (for friends recent losses), and to center myself. My step counter, and I are doing better at working towards that elusive 10,000 mark. So between patients, I have been getting out, and walking before my next appointment time. Anything to catch up.

With the business of life, my diet has also slipped because certain foods are just easier even though my body is screaming at me to bring back veggies, and fruits in high quantities. So we, my husband and I, are making these changes. Again, catching up.

I want you to understand that I know what you go through with making these lifestyle changes in the middle of a busy life. I know what it feels like to fall of the wagon in this regard, and I know how important is it to get back on. I also know that to make life worth it we need to do things just because. We need to put in special things, we need to make time for the people that mean a lot to us, and we need to “be” more than just our work. I love being a Naturopathic Doctor, but I also have to remember to take time, and step away so that I take care of myself. This is just so that I can continue to be the doctor that I want to be.

This weekend, I am going to get my hands in some dirt somehow (rain, or shine) which will help to ground me. I feel it has been way too long since I was last playing in mother earth, and I know I need to get back to that. I know that all of my hobbies have taken a back seat to everything else, and I am feeling out of balance because of that. So I will go outside, and continue to catch up.

I challenge you to look at your own life and see how balanced you are. I challenge you to do things just for yourself, just because, and just to catch up for yourself. Lets be active in our lives, but also be living them to the fullest.