Hello Readers!! Well if you didn’t notice I have been away for some time and it was time much needed. The last 6 months have been very interesting to say the least but I won’t excite you with thrilling details at the moment (haha). A lot has happened in several different areas of my life and getting “back to it” has been difficult. So I wanted my first post “back” to be an insight of how I got “back” to where I was before my mini hiatus. Hopefully this will give you a little push or nudge to get back into it yourself.
One of the first steps was asking myself “Did I want to feel this way anymore”? The answer was a strong NO. The second question was “What are you going to do about it”?!?
To really dig deep in the first question I had to find out what was making me feel this way and why. Second, I had to figure out how to change it. Third, I had to put real action behind it. I also had to realize that I could not do it totally alone.
Because I was feeling tired, overwhelmed and overworked I asked myself for a week the same question at the end of my day, “Did you take care of yourself today”? That was my initial measuring stick question. I used that question to make sure I did something for myself that was for my well-being. Whether it was to eat a healthy meal, go to sleep on time, journal/write, take a quiet shower, exercise/move, whatever it was I made sure to do it every day. I noticed that during my time off I was not really focused on taking care of myself and I knew it was going to catch up one day. So, I made a promise to myself that if I wanted the way I was feeling to change I had to make the change within myself. Outside factors, including people or things, would not help this. I had to do it. So I did.
After a week of “intentional self care” I was feeling a lot better. And no, it wasn’t a week of facials, pedicures, sleep ins, or bubble baths (although all of those are lovely versions and options for self care). It was a week of creating intentional habits that I knew made my day a positive and productive one. At the end of each day I would know for sure I did something to take care of SELF. I even made sure to test my theory and I tried a week of NOT asking myself that question every day — let’s just say disaster. Nothing was getting done, I wasn’t focused on self, and well the results at the end of my week showed.
I want to make this short, loud, and clear – you must take care of yourself. Take it from someone who knows, even as a health coach, what it means and feels like not to. And you probably already know what that feels like and it does not feel good. You are probably living that every day and it feels horrible. And when you don’t feel good, nothing seems to be operating in your favor around you. I decided to change that. I decided to shift and I decided that I would start making sure I take care of myself in my personal life and in my work life. I had to set up a plan of how I was going to execute ‘living my best life’ as they say. Noticed I said best and not perfect. I encourage you to find your best and ask “DID YOU TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF TODAY” and watch how you, the world and others around you respond.
Happy to be back,