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It Ain't All Bath Bombs and Pumpkin Spice Lattes- Dr. Crystal Gets Real about Self-Care

When your self-care isn't puppies and rainbows...Dr. Crystal Lester,* Chiropractor, Olympic Weightlifter, and all around badass, talks about what self-care REALLY means. 

Self-care means exploring the uncomfortable

When self-care is brought up into conversation often times it’s equated to something like treating yourself to that manicure or going to Lush and buying bath bombs that leave your bathtub looking like a unicorn crime scene. It sounds amazing and fun, right? But this year, I started to think about what self-care meant. You’re self parenting and doing shadow work in a way. I thought about things that made me feel less whole, grounded and in touch with myself. These things were uncomfortable to face, but yet happened to everyone. A bad day in the gym can occur due to outside stress. Here are five things we can all add to our self-care list and still have our bath bombs too.

Meal Prep

Whether or not you follow macros or a particular diet, meal prepping helps to free up more mental space and time to do other tasks. On a weight cut, it saves me from cheating. I can’t tell you how many times I had to rush and figure out what to eat or I just ended up breaking my rule of not eating out so much.

Social Media/Technology Break

In our current political climate and social media culture, a break from time to time is necessary. With so much happening in our world it’s very easy to get upset and take everything in. It’s about finding that balance of being informed but not letting it consume you. A break from it all helps to reset and reconnect with loved ones and ourselves. It can be a day, an hour before bedtime , or set a time limit each day.

Decluttering

Every few months decluttering your workspace or living spaces is a great idea to stay organized. When we declutter a physical space, consequently it declutters the mind. This leads to more clarity and stress reduction. Hey less stress, the better our gym life!

Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling is minimal way to organize your day in the form of bullet points and check them off as you do them. You can list important events, reminders, appointments. I also use the journal to document my lifting and goals I have. I have a grocery shopping list and a mood tracker in there as well.

Cutting out toxic relationships/ Boundaries

This one has always been tough one. For me, it's hard because I don’t want to seem mean. However, if a relationship causes you to feel drained, or less than whole then it’s a sign to cut the cord. It may just be an issue of not having boundaries. Do you find yourself agreeing to something and later regretting it? It’s okay to say NO. If the thought of saying no makes you feel a sense of freedom, then it's your intuition telling you this boundary is needed. Remember: self-care isn’t selfish. It’s about making sure you’re in alignment with yourself so that you can be of better service.

*Make sure you check out Dr. Crystal on the current episode ( #37) of The Chocolate Bar Podcast where she discusses self-care and more! Listen on Itunes and SoundCloud! See you at the Bar! 

 

Dr. Crystal Lester is a chiropractor in private practice in Michigan. She is also a competitive weightlifter, certified USAW Level 1 Coach,  and Referee. Mumble rap is her self-care. 

 


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