I have missed sharing my thoughts with you all. I figured I would start again tonight.
The holidays and weekends can be stressful because we are so busy catching up from everything we couldn’t finish during the week. Or else we are running around trying to meet with family and friends and traveling back home for work on Monday.
It is an important time to remember that we need to take care of ourselves and we need to choose ourselves. It is not selfish. It is necessary. Do so in a compassionate, loving way without causing any harm. Others will understand.
Perhaps we need more sleep because we are stressed and running around from event to event?
We may also be eating on the run, not drinking enough water and not getting the proper nutrition and exercise because we are swamped with going to work and volunteering and helping others out.
Maybe we aren’t getting enough downtime, not enough me-time to relax and rejuvenate. This is especially important for introverts and also highly sensitive people.
Our mental health must also be considered during these busy times. Are we feeling that our time is not being respected, our boundaries are being crossed, or we are having trouble saying no? If so, we need to get some time away to reflect upon things, feel our feelings, and meet our emotional needs mindfully. Some expressive or creative activity in addition to some quiet time can help with this.
Remember, we cannot help anyone else if we are not taking care of ourselves. It is impossible for us to do more than our best each day. And there are only 24 hours in a day, so some things will have to wait until tomorrow or as soon as we can get them.
The weight of the world is not upon us. Take deep breaths. Deep inhale feeling the belly go out and exhale feeling the belly retract and go inward. Feel the body relaxing with each breath. Tension leaves the body with our exhales.
Our accomplishments, activity, and accountability and doing what we say we will do all of the time are not measurements of how good a person, sister, friend or whoever you are. It is just the reality of our lives…the measure is that we can only do so much. And that is enough. Whatever we do, however we do it, that is enough. It may not be our best today, but it is our best for this day. Tomorrow is another day if we are lucky and blessed to have one. We don’t have to be everything and do everything. There is no perfection. Perfection is all of our beautiful imperfection. Let go.
Just do your best, no matter how it looks. Go gently on yourself and take care of you. Deep breath. Love yourself. Keep breathing.
Do you. That is enough. You are enough.
Much love on this journey and during these tumultuous times.