“I feel stuck”.
This is a common complaint I hear often in practice. My patient population is primarily women whom are stretching themselves thin, giving everything to everyone but themselves. They are students, they are mothers, they are workers, and they are tired. Mentally tired, physically tired, emotionally tired, and unsure where to start. When we give all of our energy to others and keep none for ourselves, we feel “stuck”. Then we lack the energy to do the things we love, the things that give us energy and purpose and a sense of identity, further lowering our mood and energy. Yesterday was International Women’s Day and there was a beautiful communal celebration of woman globally. Women were celebrated for their strength, their sacrifice, their creativity, their caring, their beauty and their courage. What wasn’t mentioned was the need for self care. Women are naturally empathetically primed to take care of everyone but themselves, yet they deserve the care the most.
So how to we get out of being “stuck”. If you were stuck in mud what would you do? You’d move! Many times we feel stuck because we aren’t having the moment in life that we want/need. This makes us feel stagnant and lethargic. We need movement. In all aspects of our life. To move through mental-emotional “stuckness”, we employ therapeutic physical treatment. My preferred way to do that is to do a detoxification plan. Now not all detox plans are made equal, and not all people detox the same way or are in the right state to detox. It’s recommended that before you embark on a detox you should consult a professional (such as a Naturopathic Doctor). Attached is a quick outline for how to get in the “detox mindset”, a pre detox plan to help those feeling stressed and stuck. In order to be in the right mindset to detox, we need to able to let go, declutter, embrace change, and accept being raw and vulnerable. When we detox we need to break in order to build. We need those building blocks free to use them in creating some new and improved. Look at a seed – the sprout needs to break out of the protected casing of the seed in order to grow and evolve. The cracks allow for growth and change, moving through the inevitable stuck.
That’s how I’m celebrating my March break – I’m giving my body a vacation and doing a detox plan. Hope everyone has great plans this week – enjoy your breaking 😉