Before the lockdown, I was juggling two jobs that I am self-employed in. I am a yoga teacher and a hairdresser, and despite my jobs being about self-care and taking time for yourself, I was so busy I was neglecting my own self-care and mental wellbeing.
It was initially very stressful as I worried about earning a living while my places of work were closed.
Despite never wanting to pursue online classes in the past, I set up some weekly classes teaching yoga via zoom.
I was bowled over by the response I got. So many of my existing students have been signing up and every week, as well as some new people who I may not have met otherwise.
Teaching on zoom has boosted my confidence and also improved my teaching. It has also been nice to maintain the connection with my students who I have a great rapport with.
The main thing I realised during the lockdown was how much better I felt having free time. After years of being at the edge of burnout, I was able to dedicate much needed time to myself.
I found value in simple things such as reading, gardening and going for long walks. I also had time to rekindle my own yoga and meditation practice, allowing me to find inner freedom and peace.
Now the world is trying to get back to ‘normal’ I feel a lot more in control of my own life and have more confidence in turning work down if it will affect my own wellbeing.
Self-care is not selfish. We need to fill our own cup in order to share our best selves with others. Always make finding inner peace a priority, no matter how busy you are.
Thank you for reading 🙂