In the last couple of weeks, I’ve spoken to several people who are going through a time that is especially hectic, challenging or demanding.
As a result, they’re emotionally and physically just DONE—yet finding themselves needing to dig down a bit deeper to find a bit more energy, compassion or patience for whatever life has brought.
It can often feel that life resembles a runaway train with no brakes. Just rushing on at amazing speed with no ability to stop.
But stop you must if want to be at your peak with clear thoughts, energy and creativity.
If you keep going at the speed of a runaway train you’re bound to crash. The stress of keeping up this pace will eventually show it’s self in some form of health issues. Stress is the #1 factor behind most illnesses today.
When you run out of fuel and come crashing down, who are you really helping?
Have you ever been on an airplane? As the flight attendant goes through the safety talk you’re reminded to “Put your own oxygen mask on first before helping your child or anyone else.” Why? If you aren’t safe how can you help another?
The same goes for you, getting sick only adds to the issues.
You might be thinking, “Yeah, sounds great but, where do I fit it in?” My answer would be, you plan it. If you don’t plan for some self-care time; it might be forced upon you.
What is self-care time?
Self-care is not selfish, it is the opposite. It is giving to yourself so that you can give to others.
It allows you time to reconnect with yourself and helps you to get your equilibrium back. It is a time to recharge your batteries, feed your spirit, and de-stress.
Having a plan to regain your equilibrium once a week is a wonderful gift for yourself.
Self-care is doing something that you love. Something that gets you to forget your to-do-list. Something you can get lost in.
It might be painting, drawing, walking, dancing, sewing, a martial arts practise. Anything that connects you to your authentic self. Where you transcend time and space for a while.
For me it is walking or sitting in Nature, anywhere! When life starts to speed up, I go for a walk by the river or in the park. In the winter when it is too cold to walk I attend a yoga class.
What is your self-care plan? How do you recharge and refuel your spirit?
If you don’t have one, could this be the moment to create one?