Are you feeling an increase in your energy and excitement?
Are you feeling the itch to start new things in your life right now?
If so, you’re right on target for this burst of new energy that’s happening this month. Even though we celebrate the new year in January with our Gregorian calendar; the traditional new year begins with the Spring season. In the Northern Hemisphere you can see signs of Spring everywhere you look.
This awakening that’s happening within the natural world is happening within each of us right now too. You may notice that all of a sudden you feel ready to take on some of the projects or plans that you’ve had sitting on the back burner for a while. You may feel guided to muck out your closets, garage, or shed. This time of year there is a deep call for lightening your load so you can spring forward more easily and effortlessly.
This time of year often brings with it big changes too.
Maybe you’re moving, looking to shift something in your work life, or feel like you’re releasing things, people, and situations which are no longer a fit for you.
No matter how this surge of new energy is impacting you and your life right now; taking time to increase your self care is important. Making sure that you’re taking care of yourself as you dig into new projects or “house keeping” issues within your life allows you to move through these changes more smoothly. Like the old adage of the ripple effect from one stone thrown into a still pool of water; so too does change impact all areas of our lives.
Change is good, sometimes it feels fun and exciting and other times it can be downright challenging; but no matter what, you have to take care of yourself during the shifts and changes that are happening for you.
This self care recipe doesn’t have to take a ton of time or become one more thing that’s added onto your long list of things to do. It can be fashioned any way that works with you and your lifestyle.
The only component that must be included is regular use.
It’s great to understand the importance of self care, boundaries, and down time; however it’s even more important to put those actions into practice.
Here’s a little recipe or way to think about moving through big changes:
Self Care + Putting Yourself First = Smoother Change and Transition
Let’s look at Self Care:
This can be anything that feels comforting, nurturing, and supportive of you.
It can be something that takes 10 minutes or less like:
- Enjoying a cup of tea
- Listening to music
- Going for a Walk
- Riding your Bike
- Chatting with a Friend or Loved One
- Digging in the Garden
- Working on a passion project
Now let’s look at Putting Yourself First:
This one can be challenging for people sometimes because they may feel uncomfortable with putting their needs before ______________.
Just like when you’re flying and the flight attendant instructs you to place your own oxygen mask on before helping your child or someone sitting next to you; it’s imperative to take care of yourself first.
(If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to help anyone else.)
This one can be especially challenging for highly sensitive individuals who spend a majority of their time helping others both personally and professionally.
When you can take good care of yourself first, things begin to smooth out and change can happen in a more gentle and organic way. If you don’t take good care of yourself, things can exacerbate and additional issues can sometimes show up. Plus, taking care of yourself is a powerful message to the people in your world whether it’s children, friends, colleagues, or extended family.
Here are some ways to Put Your Needs First:
- Turning off your phone and alerts for 10-20 minutes while you work on something important to you
- Saying no to demands on your time that feel draining, hurtful, or out of balance with your values.
- Arranging your schedule and lifestyle to match your goals, dreams and values for yourself and your family.
- Knowing that it’s okay to say Yes to things that feel like a fit for you and No to things that aren’t a fit for you any longer.
- Holding a healthy boundary when it needs to be held.
- Trying something new that interests you.
- Spending quality time with people who uplift and resonate with you
- Working on your life purpose in ways that resonate for you
- Having fun
So, as you’re moving through this exciting time of new beginnings, ask yourself how you can increase self care + putting your needs first as a way to support yourself in moving forward.
This is the perfect time to give yourself permission to move forward with your ideas, plans, goals, and passion projects. Don’t hold yourself back from what you know you’re being guided to do right now. Add in a little TLC and extra support for yourself where you need it. No matter how busy your schedule gets, and I totally get how busy you are, I promise you that there’s room for you to take good care of you.
Yes, you're worth it!
Love, Kristy~ xoxo
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