Nourish Yourself

May 17, 2012

Monday was the end of our lacrosse season with a 17-2 loss to Stow High School. While it sounds awfully painful to lose 17-2, the girls fought hard to the bitter end, despite everything. I am so proud of them!

Now that lacrosse is over my time has opened up a bit. What do I plan to do with it? Sleep, mostly. Seriously though, it’s time to nourish myself a little, have some Becca time. Lots of Becca love up in here. I have a few ways I plan on facilitating nourishment

(ignore the fact that Brandon is in his undies)

Get in bed before 10pm. I don’t care WHO thinks I’m lame, I am a pitta/vata and I need my sleep. I’ve been waking up extra early about 3 days/week so I can get to work early, to leave work early and get to our lacrosse games. The lost sleep adds up after a while. Even if I’m just relaxing in bed, just being there is a sign to my body to start winding down.

Read. Even if it’s only 2 pages at a time. I am in the middle of about 3 books. I used to devour book after book after book. I blame the change partly on business/fatigue and partly on not fully engaged in the books I’m reading. I am going to start reading a tiny bit every evening and slowly chip away at these books I’ve been trying to read!

Play outside. Um, hello. Summer is here! Brandon and I are starting to put our summer veggies into the ground in our new expanded garden (even bigger than last year!!) The pups love being outside in the sun. I photosynthesize (little know fact.) So I see no reason to stay holed up indoors any more than I have to – *cough* 8-5 office job *cough*

Drink wine (or beer). Not a lot. I have to place my limit at two beers or two glasses of wine otherwise I end up with a treacherous headache. I love a good cold beer or a glass of wine outside on my deck in the summer. It helps me slow down, unwind, and spend time with my fiance.

Clean up. Being gone everyday for lacrosse has meant that much of the housekeeping responsibilities fall on Brandon. I am furiously lucky that he puts up with it. Now it’s my turn to contribute to the chores again. I’m not complaining, I’m embracing it.

Take naps. I like to call it “taking a 12″. Meaning, I set my alarm for 15 minutes, fall asleep in approximately 3 minutes and then have a solid 12 minutes of good sleep. Nothing wakes me up better than a power nap like that. My productivity soars. Power naps are where it’s at.

Set intentions/meditate. My life is much more directed when I move with intentions rather than out of habits. It’s so easy to fall into the same ‘ol, same ‘ol routine. If I put a little brainpower behind it, I live a much more inspired life. And that’s what it’s all about right? As the love of my life, Jason Mraz, says “I’m livin’ in the moment, livin’ my life, easy and breezy…with peace in my mind…”

Ok, ok. He’s the second love of my life. Brandon is the first I even took the day off from work today to get some extra sleep, clean my bathroom, work in the garden and NOURISH MY LIFE! What do you do when you need a little extra nourishment? 

with peace and love

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Alicia at Poise in Parma May 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I depend on my pup for many moments of self-care. Usually, a pup walk is the best option, but even just hanging out in the back yard throwing him a ball enough. It’s so so important to remember to slow down and take care of yourself!


Becca May 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

I should be doing more puppy walks not just for me, but for them. I spent all day Thursday in the yard with the dogs and it was like outdoor therapy for me! Well, except when Buck decided to roll all over a dead bird


Brandon E. Kocher May 18, 2012 at 5:39 am

“easy and breezy, with peace in my mind. Got peace in my heart, got peace in my soul. Wherever i’m going….i’m already home.”

~Thanks Jason Mraz (also the second love in my life)


Susan May 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I’ve decided I’m going to sit down and start taking care of myself again. somehow these last few months I lost it entirely… everything else in life was getting addressed except my needs. So starting today, I let myself enjoy the day – without a schedule. Just come and go as I needed and as it fit me… I also enjoyed wine (my two glass limit as well). Why the heck not? I sat out by the fire and just reflected on the day.

I’m also going back to dedicating time in my week for yoga. I miss it and haven’t felt ‘together’ since stopping…


Becca May 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

I’m with you Susan. There is a lot of “me” stuff I want to focus on during the summer! Good luck, let me know how it goes. And let’s go to a yoga class soon!! Maybe one of Maria’s?


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