Fit, Healthy, Happy

Embracing Discomfort

January 23, 2024 Dave and Peggy Stevens, Kim Gibbs
Fit, Healthy, Happy
Embracing Discomfort
Show Notes Transcript

Have you ever caught yourself, mid-mirror-critique, thinking, “Is this really what self-care is about?” You know, if your idea of self-care is just bubble baths and scented candles, it's high time we had a heart-to-heart.

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Embracing Discomfort

Have you ever caught yourself, mid-mirror-critique, thinking, “Is this really what self-care is about?” You know, if your idea of self-care is just bubble baths and scented candles, it's high time we had a heart-to-heart.

The Self-Care Illusion

Let’s get real: the mainstream idea of self-care often paints a picture of pure comfort and ease—face masks and smoothies, anyone?

But truth be told, if personal transformation was only about comfort, we'd all be Zen masters by now.

The harsh reality? The things we most often associate with self-care are sometimes just pretty band-aids over a wound that requires a little more… Oomph.

What Real Self-Care Looks Like

True self-care? It's like StretchPro—our proven, sometimes demanding system.

It's not just pampering. It’s the daily grind, the conscious effort to stretch beyond what feels 'just fine'.

It’s the fine-line dance between being kind to yourself and pushing your limits—understanding that sometimes the most nurturing thing you can do is challenge yourself.

And guess what? That self-chat in the mirror is not about changing what you see, but lovingly accepting and then, diligently working on it.

The Uncomfortable Path to Consistency

Why do we harp on discomfort, like a never-ending yoga pose we all love to hate?

Because without it, there’s no change. StretchPro isn’t just about flexibility—it’s about the resilience that comes from regularly showing up, even when it’s the last thing you want to do.

We’ve seen it time and again with our members—consistency through discomfort breeds success.

Making Peace with the Uncomfortable

But how do you cozy up to discomfort?

Start with awareness. Listen to your body, understand its limits, and then—stretch them.

Not just physically, but mentally too.

We’re big on mindfulness here at RiversZen. It’s why we integrate practices that not only challenge the body but also the mind. Turn that 'ugh' feeling into 'aha' moments.

Staying Out of Your Own Way

I'll let you in on a secret: the only person standing in your way is you.

Our team has been there (and sometimes, we still visit).

Overcoming those mental roadblocks is a constant process.

Through the RiversZen lens, overcoming self-sabotage is a part of the self-care package. It’s about building a resilient mindset that persists beyond the mat.

Practical Steps Towards Real Self-Care

So, you’re pumped and ready to redefine your self-care, but what's next?

Grab a pen, scribble down what you want to achieve, and plot some strategies to get there.

Integrate a mix of strong stretches, yoga poses, qigong flows, and that pilates butt and gut class you’ve been side-eyeing.

Make it personal, make it count, do it consistently and watch yourself grow.

In the end, it’s not just about being comfortable—it’s about unlocking that ageless vigor we’re all after.

It’s about not just moving well, but living each day like it’s a grand adventure. So, what do you say?

Ready to take the plunge into the real self-care revolution?

And remember, these aren't just words; they are your new mantra: "Move Well, Stay Healthy, Be Happy and Live Every Single Day With Passion and Purpose."

Now go out there and embrace the journey with all its beautiful discomfort.