Last week on Instagram, I shared a bit about my recent self-care journey I had embarked on. What prompted the share, were the many, many questions I’ve been getting recently about weight loss.

For me, self-care is the most important thing you can do for yourself, especially during times of uncertainty and unrest, because that’s when your mind and body need it most.

Back in March during shelter-in-place due to COVID-19, I was juggling work, homeschooling my son through his final weeks of Kindergarten while caring for his 2 yr old sister, household chores and meal-prep, when I burst into tears one day. It was only 1 pm, but I was tired, burnt out and stressed, both mentally and physically. I was unhappy, uninspired, anxious and depressed. I felt stuck in the same routine of hustling on autopilot to the point of burn out for years, but everything finally came crashing down that day. I realized I had LOST MYSELF.

I made a list of all the things I wanted to change, the things I wanted back… so many simple things I had somehow lost along the way of becoming a wife, running a business, becoming a mom…

I decided I was going to start prioritizing self-care. I wanted to FEEL good, from the inside out. I wanted to sleep better, and finally tackle the stress and anxiety I was convinced my body had manifested in the form of constant migraines, back, neck and sciatic pain.

Through lots of research, patience, time and practice, daily self-care became habit, and it felt so good! Today I’m still practicing those same self-care habits I can’t wait to share with all of you (including fueling my body with nutrients I never even knew existed), and I feel great knowing I’m doing everything in my power to nurture my mind and body the way they deserve. And when I’m taking care of myself properly, weight loss just happens to be a side-effect.

The moral of the story: Take care of yourself. Whatever that means for you, start today and don’t ever stop — there’s nothing better than FEELING good from the inside out!