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  • Writer's pictureChloe Thomas

Laying the Foundation

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

Happy self-care Sunday my glorious little light beings!

I'd like to thank you all for your patience during my social media hiatus. There's so much I've been dying to share with you!

Since the beginning of my Yoga Teacher Training in September, I have been processing and integrating a lot of new information, thoughts, ideas, and practices, and it is taking me longer than I expected to be able to articulate and share my experiences. However, one thing has become very clear to me. Let me explain.

On the first day of the training course we each shared why we were there, what had drawn us to learning Yoga. I thought I was there for professional development, to offer another wellness service to my clients and enhance my existing healing practices, but as the question went around the room I realised that most people were there for personal development. It struck a cord within me, although I didn't yet understand why. I remember thinking wow, what a gift these people are giving themselves. 10 months of study and practice, the financial expense, and for no other reason than personal interest and fulfilment. Some didn't even intend to teach!

It was a huge revelation for me. I began to realise that it was okay to do things for myself. Not everything required a practical application or the promise of future financial gain. I could pursue things simply out of interest and the desire for personal fulfilment, and the only permission I needed was my own. At the time this realisation was subtle. I didn't acknowledge it in the moment for what it was (life changing!), it's only in hindsight that I am able to identify the beginning of a huge personal shift in awareness and understanding.

I toddled along, half aware of the shift occurring within me, then came New Years. After having established a semi-regular Yoga and Meditation practice, and being in a highly supportive environment, I was finally capable of looking inward and addressing my own needs, so I focused my New Years intentions on self-care. I promised to wholeheartedly commit to my own healing and self-care in 2020 by checking in with myself regularly, practising daily Yoga and Meditation, practising daily self-healing, and setting clear and healthy boundaries for myself. Not long after I began these self-care practices, the full internal shift occurred and I experienced my aha moment.

Self-care is my why. It is the heart of Flying High and the foundation of my therapeutic practices.

For months I had been overextending myself physically and mentally (and had completely abandoned myself spiritually) in an attempt to meet the needs and expectations of others. I had zero regard for my own health and well-being, became disconnected from myself and my core values, and both my business and I fell out of alignment as a result. How could Flying High possibly function as a health and wellness practice without first being healthy and well itself?!

Through the practice of self-care, I came back into alignment with my Self, my core values, and my intentions, and everything around me has begun reflecting this alignment. My mental, physical and spiritual well-being, my relationships, and my business and offerings. I can finally live my life, run my business, and serve my clients without disregarding my own health and well-being.

I dropped off the social media radar because I have been reconnecting with myself, and realigning the focus of Flying High.

Let me re-introduce you to Flying High Health & Wellness. It is time to give yourself permission to put yourself first. I strongly believe that nothing is possible without first taking proper care of yourself. I am here to help alleviate any guilt, shame, fear, resentment or anger that you may feel when prioritising your own health and well-being. To remind you that it's okay to put yourself first, and to make sure that you never apologise for it. At Flying High we specialise in promoting healthy self-care practices, providing guidance and tools to help you identify, establish and maintain your own self-care practices, providing treatments for those suffering from burnout and overwhelm, and helping you identify the signs and symptoms of burnout and overwhelm so that you may address your needs from a place of embodied self-awareness.

How do you practice self-care?

Identify the practices in your life that leave you feeling nurtured, nourished and supported and try incorporating at least one of those practices into each day. Self-care is personal to you, it can take many forms, your needs also change day to day so try checking in with yourself using breathwork, yoga or meditation (any practice that will bring you into the body) to help you connect with the self-care practice you need most each day.

If you struggle to put yourself first guilt, shame, fear, resentment, or anger-free and you need some guidance or ideas, or you would simply like some support on your journey, please feel free to contact me!

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