Self-care is a must in this hectic whirlwind world of ours. Before our recent move, I had self-care scheduled into my days regularly. Wild that it's come to that, isn't it? We must schedule relaxation and self-care, because if we don't, it probably won't happen. But I'm okay with scheduled relaxation, because I NEED it. We all do.
I'm still on the lookout for a new Chiropractor and Acupuncturist and other supportive practitioners, and since outdoor exercise has gone to Florida with the snowbirds, I've been doing short yoga videos to break up the day and get some exercise. I'm at home with my toddler part-time right now, which is an enormous blessing, but starting up a new business, still kinda wrapping up an old one, settling into a new place, and taking care of a toddler is...er...challenging.
Most days, the practice is abandoned halfway through when my 14-month-old son leaves the room or otherwise needs my attention. Some days, he gets very excited that I'm hanging out on the floor with him doing fun stretches and he takes it as an opportunity to crawl on me or nurse or just snuggle, which is therapeutic in itself. Occasionally, I get to do the entire practice uninterrupted while he plays by himself or with the cat or his Dad. But no matter the outcome, I take comfort in the video playing in the background in the chaos of life, reminding me to breathe, sit with my body, and take a little break. Even if I only get in a few minutes, I always feel better like a better version of myself afterward.
What Do you Do for Self-Care?
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Dr. Michelle Haff is a Naturopathic Doctor at Lilac Natural Medicine in Manchester, New Hampshire. Her practice focuses on Pediatrics, Women's Medicine, GI, Endocrine, and Mental Health concerns. She is a Primary Care Provider for the whole family and loves treating kids from pre-conception into their teens, as well as adults of all ages. Dr. Haff is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is licensed to practice medicine in New Hampshire and is the Vice President of the NH Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND). Dr. Haff is also a member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She loves yoga, singing, travel, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Michelle Haff (she/her) is a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Acupuncturist at Lilac Natural Medicine in Bedford, New Hampshire. Her practice focuses on Pediatrics, Women's Medicine, GI, Endocrine, and Mental Health concerns. She is a Primary Care Provider for the whole family and loves treating kids from pre-conception into their teens, as well as adults of all ages.