I recently pulled a muscle in my neck and my shoulder. It’s an old injury that creeps up every now and then depending on how I sleep or if I’m not getting enough exercise. It’s also related to how stressed I am, meaning If I’m feeling a bit out of sorts, boom. Hello pain. I usually clear up the issue on my own through a combination of yoga and reiki. This time, it wasn’t going away with my normal routine. At that point I knew it was time to get some help.
I booked in with a chiropractor as a final solution to deal with this pain. At my first appointment, the doctor was assessing my body and noted that my right shoulder was sitting an inch higher than my left, among other things. She asked me how long I’d been in pain. Initially my response was one week but realistically it had been much longer than that. I was just used to it. She paused and said something that really landed for me in that moment. “I’m glad that you are ready to invest in your health. What you do is really physical. It’s important to take care of yourself.” Hello lightbulb.
I thought about how many times I cancelled doctors appointments because of work, would say I need to book a massage and didn’t follow through, know that I need to get my butt into bed and still stay up for another 3 hours to get stuff done. I would say I didn’t have the money right now to go to the chiropractor but I had money to go out for dinner and beers with friends. It made me think about where I had prioritized myself. Why was I putting other things before my health? There was a myriad of answers, but it all came down to the same thing. I put myself last.
I got clear that I needed to make some serious changes. My new way of being was making my physical health a priority. I talk about the important of energetic health and how we all need to have practices in place to make sure we’re clear and feeling good. Physical health is even more important. My soul chose my body to inhabit, so it’s my obligation to treat my body well. To take care of me when I’m sick, when I’m tired and when I’m hurt. If that means I have to say no to a night out once in a while, then so be it. I must put myself first.
The most valuable thing I learned in that moment was that I need to invest in myself. Because ultimately, my health is the most important thing and if I don’t have it, well. You know. Not good. If I can pass anything on, It’s that you must make yourself a priority. Get real on where you spend your money. Is it on things that you don’t necessarily need? If so, then bye bye. Focus your attention on doing healthy and loving things for yourself. Trust me. The universe will notice and will support you in that work. So whatever it is that needs to get taken care of, go do that now. Please and thank you. You’ll be glad you did.