Wow. When I wrote this…it was back around Thanksgiving. I remember this one-two week period, distinctively. It was the moment I realized that I really and truly have to shut down, all of the things, so that I may feel all the feels and sort through all of the thoughts. Now that we are 3 months into Corona time, with all of the things that are currently going on in our world. I’ve realized that there are some amazing people out there who don’t know that what they are going through is ok. What you are feeling is ok. You are not alone. If you are someone who lacks the support you need, I’m working on creating a resources page. If your situation is urgent, I implore you…find and seek help in your local community. In the meantime, I hope this reflection of what I wrote back in November is helpful and brings you hope.
Anxiety and Self-care:
Over these last couple of weeks, I felt myself winding up…anxiety wise. I couldn’t figure out what was going on…but I felt like I needed to slow down. So, I did.
I allowed myself to not go full steam ahead.
I allowed myself to slow down and tune in.
If I didn’t feel like writing, I didn’t. In fact, I slowed down to pretty much only my 30 Days of Thankfulness that I was 100% committed to.
I slowed down on house work—to what needed immediate attention…
You know, I have talked about my “5 Daily Things” I started making progress towards, after hearing John Maxwell speak this summer…and for 2 weeks…I didn’t focus on those at all.
And that’s fine. I needed to slow down and figure out what was triggering me.
It took a couple of weeks, and one good night of crying…but I finally figured it out and got all of that anxiety tension released.
We really need to make ourselves, and listening to our bodies a priority.
When we are taking care of ourselves, we are better able to take care of others.
There is room and grace for survival mode.
There is room and grace for missing out on taking care of ourselves. It happens.
But, once we cue in…we can slow down to figure out what’s going on. And what we need to do.
Check out the article. Tell me what you think. I’ve tried all of these tips and agree.
It’s funny, because I used to hate yoga for exercise. It felt slow and awkward. But last year, I tried it for a season and loved it. It was just what I needed..and I’ve been missing it, since I gave it up last summer.
When you think about self care, don’t be surprised if something you used to hate or would never think about doing for you turns into a something you like.
If something crosses your mind to try…try it.
If you’re a mama-or someone who needs self care, but doesn’t have a budget to spend on yourself…don’t worry.
When I started my self-care journey I had to get creative, because we didn’t have the budget for me to go get massages, pedicures, and the like every week.
I’ll share resources on some budget friendly and simple ways to find self-care. As well as, things that are self-care that you may not have thought about. I certainly didn’t.
(This is a snap shot of our playlist on Spotify-I do not own any rights to the music or images created for these artists)
Today, I’m thankful for our Friday playlist. We have a group of songs that we play every Friday. It helps lighten our moods on weeks that are rough, and it helps us be even more excited about the weekend on good weeks.
So, over the days that I was doing the Health Journal…I realized that the format for all of the “categories” wasn’t working for me.
I’m honestly not in a tension spot to change my nutrition, at the current moment…so, I’m going to focus my journals, going forward, on progress of the actions I am ready to make.
I love that this is a journey…and I get to decide what I am ready for…and what I’m not ready for—-and all of that is just fine! It’s ok that I’m not ready to focus on nutrition, yet. It will come…and right now, I will focus on the things that I am ready for.
Here are my new categories.
Feel free to follow along with me in whatever capacity you’re ready for.
A while back, I posted how my husband’s grandpa sat and talked with us, this summer. He told us how he would sit down with a pastor, every time he had a new pastor. He would tell the new pastor “If you aren’t stepping on my toes, I’m not going to be sitting in these pews”. He went on to say that too many people nowadays only want to be praised. They don’t want to be held accountable, and be told the areas they need to grow in.
Yesterday, at church, I was grateful to hear our pastor say some hard things. To challenge the congregation. That we may not be who we think we are in any given situation.
I’ve heard this before. But, it was the first time that it felt authentic and genuine.
So, today…I’m grateful for pastors who step on their congregations toes. I’m sure you get a lot of complaining emails for it. But, know that there are some of us who support it!