I am learning that I need to be intentional about nurturing myself and my passions. If I don’t, I will get lost in the to-do lists and swept away in the changes.
5 Ways to Nurture Me
- Time alone – I need at least three hours of solitude every day. When I don’t get it, I am prone to deeper depressions and anxiety. Waking up before the rest of my family to guarantee that time — making those hours a priority — has turned me into a morning person. I never thought that would happen, but it turns out if you go to bed early at night (instead of 3 or 4 am) it is possible to wake up early. And sleep is a beautiful thing.
- No more comparisons – Comparisons are just another way to tell myself that I’m not being enough, doing enough, achieving enough. We all have different paths to walk. Wasting my energy on being envious of another person doesn’t help move me any further down my path or closer to my goals.
- Negativity does not equal practicality – Sometimes I am practical, but far too often I tell myself I am being practical to disguise my negativity. They are not the same thing, and negativity is never helpful.
- Letting go – There are many things in this world that I can not control. Mainly people. I can offer advice, I can pray, I can support them, I can love them…but I can not control them. There comes a point when I have given all the help I can give, and I have to let go of the results. I cannot let other people, or their problems, become the main preoccupation of my life.
- Laughing – I am watching more comedies, reading more funny books, and surrounding myself with things that make me happy.
We all need different things to make us happy and help us achieve our goals. What do you do to nurture yourself ?