We give and give and give and sometimes it can deplete us. Being in the service industry, caring for a loved one, or even being in a relationship, can require a lot of giving. And if we aren’t careful, we’ll burnout.

As a yoga teacher for almost 20 years, I have been super careful on staying on top of my self care. And i gotta tell you, the burnout, it’s a real thing. I’ve seen people quit teaching because they feel empty, when a few months ago they were all amped up. I’ve had people ask me, how do you do it? Continually show up with energy and teach a class. I do it because I am strict about my boundaries. When i teach too much and practice too little, I am off. It’s all about balance, isn’t it?

We want to teach because we love this practice. I always tell new teachers in our yoga teacher training to set boundaries as our teaching suffers when we neglect our own practice. Set a limit for how many classes you are willing to teach and how many times you need to practice a week. For me, my max is 5 classes of teaching and AT LEAST 3 of practicing.

Below is my list that has worked for me over the years. I only speak from experience. I am excited to share these with you as I know they have worked well for me.

And I’ll start by saying this:
It’s ok to put yourself first.
It’s ok to take breaks.
It’s ok to say no.

  1. Move your body. It’s the fountain of youth!
  2. Yoga: I am not ok unless I keep up with my practice.
  3. Go to bed the same time every night.
  4. Calcium & magnesium supplements and spray melotonin before bed.
  5. Pro-biotics every day keeps me from getting sick!
  6. Cutting out caffeine = less anxiety. Truth.
  7. CBD helps. Do your research! Lots of good info out there!
  8. Essential oils.
  9. Cold showers. Don’t knock it til you try it.
  10. Meditation! 5 minutes a day is a great place to start!
  11. Epson salt baths: I try and take at least 2 a week.
  12. Fascia blasting: Keeps me pain free!
  13. Chiropractic adjustment once a month. My knees, wrists, neck, ankles, they all benefit!
  14. Deep tissue assage every 6-8 weeks.
  15. Make time for play. We work too hard and need it!
  16. Gratitude journal: write down 5 things every day that you are grateful for
  17. Get off social media. The less I am on it the better I feel!
  18. Turn off the news. Period.
  19. Surround yourself with people that lift you up, not bring you down.
  20. Get outside and get fresh air. Even if it’s cold!

Those were the first ones I thought of. I am sure there are more but they are my go-tos each week. What are your self care remedies?