So, where of you been lately Meredith?
The month of May was insanely busy in my household. As a teacher, it marks the end of the school year which comes with a lot of tests, grading papers, getting report cards ready, assemblies, and special programs to the nth degree.
As a mom I get to do many of those things each of my children! End of the year projects for each child, awards ceremonies, special dress up or food days, field trips and teacher gifts. Heaven forbid we don’t participate in them all. We had graduations, religious events, birthdays to celebrate, and other family get togethers. In fact we spent Mother’s Day moving flagstone to build our patio. An “Extravaganza” event took place at our home to celebrate all of the milestones in our family this month. Follow me on social media to see the pictures of all the things.
My husband had a work trip out of town and I had an overnight school trip. Did I mention softball and baseball? Because those added their own mayhem to our schedule. Needless to say, May was full of fun events and activities that we enjoyed and worked with. However, it left our schedule and routines very chaotic.
In true Marvelous Health and Wellness fashion I did the best I could.
I want to walk through my month of May and briefly point out how each of the pillars applied.
Brain and Spine Health
Let’s get the easiest one out-of-the-way first, chiropractic care. My family and I were adjusted at the chiropractor twice for normal check ups in the month of May. Our spine health was ready to rock ‘n’ roll with all of the stress that we endured as individuals this month. At the end of the month, I had a concussion from a water skiing fall which sent me to the ER and then the Chiropractor. Dr. Anna did an amazing job helping me heal from the head injury and the whiplash that came with it. The kids needed their adjustments for regular kid tumbles. The movements of baseball and softball can oftentimes be jarring to the spine. Making sure their subluxations of the spine are corrected is very important to letting their bodies heal.
My workouts were close to nonexistent. During this insanely busy time I was really struggling to get up in the morning and work out before school. With two kids playing sports I had a hard time working out between practices and games. If I did not work out in the morning, I didn’t work out at all. When I look back, I did four Beachbody On Demand workouts, two 3 mile runs, and I went waterskiing. I definitely know that I cannot do it all so I had to make choices. I chose to limit the exercise because I am in decent shape now. I knew my body could handle a reprieve from structured workouts. That isn’t to say I was lazy and did nothing. As a family, we moved over 22 tons of stone and rock. We’d go to work or school and then come home and lift heavy things. Our family totally won in the area of functional fitness.
I ate the best foods that I was able to during this time, since I knew I was not going to be working out. Even with meal prep, we ate out A LOT in May. This not only cost us a lot of money, but some foods were highly processed. Our takeout choices came from places that served fresh foods. I usually opted for a salad with protein or a bunless burger. The pre-made snacks I meal prepped came in very handy.
My hormone systems were very out of whack. I was tested during this time and my adrenals, thyroid, and reproductive hormones were not functioning they way they were supposed to. In order to support the body’s systems, I took holistic supplements and increased my self care routine. I know that hormones and emotional wellbeing are very closely tied together so I really tried to focus on the next pillar.
This is the pillar I rocked in May. I knew our family was over scheduled, I knew our eats and my exercise was going to suffer, so I put as much energy into the pillar I could control. My mental health. For the month of May, I practiced Hal Elrod’s Miracle morning. I plan to write more on this later, but here it is in a nutshell.
Miracle Mornings include silence, affirmations, vision, exercise (not me), reading, and writing.
I started each morning at about 5 am praying over my friends, family, students, and health. I prayed to have a heart of gratitude during this stressful time, and offered thanks to God for the things my family has been given. Doing this, as well as reviewing positive affirmations and visions for the future, really started my day with positive momentum. The next section of time I spent reading books, blogs, or tutorials on how to podcast. My writing time was spent keeping notes on blogs, podcasts, or journaling about the previous day.
When my time was up each day, usually an hour, I had set the tone for my day by being productive in things that were important to me. My sister-in-law was my Miracle Morning buddy and we updated each other on our daily work. Doing this was so good for my stressed out mental state. It helped me put things into perspective and bounce information and ideas off of someone objective.
The other area where I really took care of my emotional well being was I made sure to be in bed around 10 pm or earlier each night. Getting enough sleep was important for my mental health as well as calming my taxed hormone and organ systems so they could heal.
May was a time of “crisis” in my family. We were very very busy, our schedules looked hectic and over booked. My husband and I didn’t get a lot of time together between work and the kids. However, since the pillars are the foundation of our health. We were able to make smart sacrifices and weather the storm.
I am glad May is behind us only because the chaos is over. However, it left us with amazing memories of milestone celebrations, lots of love and laughter, as well as the productivity of hard work. I am thankful for June where I can get back on track maximizing each pillar of health.
How do you handle times of stress? Do you think about your health pillars? What can you do in the future to get through them in pursuit of greater health?