I’ve written a lot about the importance of a solid self-care routine, but the truth is that sometimes it’s difficult to practice one on a consistent basis.
Sometimes we have to work a little harder to put ourselves first.
I’ve been really focused on doing what I can to help remodel our small home and was beginning to feel depleted (emotionally). Although I get satisfaction from working on the house, missing out on some of the things in my self-care routine was making me feel unbalanced.
Unfortunately, rather than slow things down that were within my control, I attempted to “power through” these feelings. After all, my husband was doing so much more than I was and he neeeever complains! I didn’t want to let him down.
And here’s where my old pattern of thinking meets my new pattern of thinking: More importantly, I soon realized that by not taking action to get a handle on how I was feeling, I was letting myself down.
I know that by taking some time for myself to do what I love, like meditation and hiking, I feel more grounded and more plugged into those around me at the same time.
I am a work in progress.
It takes a long time for new patterns of thinking to come naturally, which makes sense considering it took our old patterns of thinking decades to develop!
Growth is about awareness and action.
that something isn’t working or that you aren’t feeling balanced.
Since old patterns are so routine, just being aware that you aren’t at your best is a big step in the right direction. It’s growth!
to create movement to make changes.
Share your feelings with someone you trust or write them down (accountability can be super helpful). Do a self assessment to determine if your self-care routine needs tweaking. Do what you love and what brings you joy.
If you don’t know how to make the changes you want (or have made changes but seem stuck lately), then do some research. Be curious. There are many inspiring people doing great things, online and around us. Read what they’ve written, sign up for their blogs and talk to people in your life that might be able to offer insight into a desired path. If you’d rather talk to a professional, a life coach might be helpful.
I knew I wasn’t feeling my best and shared my feelings with my husband. Just explaining how I felt made me feel better and of course he was understanding and supportive. I’ve been taking time to do what makes me feel grounded and we even went on a great family hike!
Sometimes it seems as if all aspects of our lives line up and everything seems to be going smoothly. Other times, our lives feel aimless and out of control (like a wagon that just lost a wheel). It’s these times that we need to keep moving forward and work a little harder to get that wagon up and running again.
When we do, it will be better than ever!