Summer of Sustainability

By Jacqueline Rubinstein

As of late, I have felt depleted in my mind, body, and spirit, and I have been resting. This resting has including shirking some of my responsibilities and normally enjoyable activities, like writing to you! Sorry about that, and glad to be back =)

This last round of depletion snuck up on me. It took me a while to realize what was going on. I was letting balls drop, dealing poorly with unplanned life stuff (like my cat getting bitten by a poisonous spider), and sleeping all of the time.

Once I stepped back and found some perspective, I realized, “Wow! I am running on empty, and I better start taking care of myself.” The old saying “practice what you preach” started running through my head on repeat.

So, I let myself sleep. I cleared my calendar to a limited amount of activities. And I started small on the path to rebuilding myself.

As you probably know, when you are truly depleted, it is really hard to do anything, especially if it is self-care related. So first, I just promised myself to drink one cup of nourishing herbal tea a day. That was it—one cup of tea.

Then I added in gardening. A little time each day with my feet and hands in the dirt.

Next step: a few supplements; my favorites being Cordyceps and American Ginseng.

I just added in weekly visits to a soak-and-sauna, which has been delightful and incredibly rejuvenating.

Each little thing I have added to my routine has proven to make a profound change, just like in the Feldenkrais Method. Small steps, big improvements! It’s so beautiful to watch it unfold and to live my practice.

My absolutely amazing acupuncturist, Inez Coppola, and I were talking about how most folks that get depleted have a pattern of running really hard and then crashing. Resting just as long as necessary then running really hard again until the next crash. Over time, these crashes get closer and closer together.

I resonate deeply with this pattern. Do you?

And I am making a vow, with you as my witness, to learn a new pattern, a pattern of personal sustainability, and to make it my new habit. This is the summer of personal sustainability!

Do you have personal sustainability tips? Do you have similar patterns, resolutions, questions, or ideas? Let’s inspire each other! Please share whatever this article has raised for you below. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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