Truth be told, I’ve had quite a bit on my plate of late. It’s time for me to refocus … and breathe … literally!
There’s been medical appointments, all the hoo ha that goes with getting new carpet laid, a sister to help move (twice), a son to prepare for an overseas trip and much more!
My mind has felt a bit too cluttered and busy for a bit too long. Too many things rattling around in there. The curse of my age is that some of the things I must do or remember fall out of my mind, so there’s been daily ‘To Do’ lists to tick off as I make my way through each day. A side effect is that many of the good daily habits I had put in place (for my own self care) have slipped. Like what, you ask? Like these:
- My daily walks stopped as directed by the podiatrist – in order for my Plantar Fasciitis to heal. I need to start again (Plantar Fasciitis or not). I bought new runners with excellent cushioning so that’s a good start!
- I’m not being as mindful as I used to be. Too much rushing. Not enough awareness.
- I need to start meditating regularly to get control back from the monkey mind. What’s monkey mind? It’s an overly busy and constantly chattering mind! The thought of meditating freaks so many people out. It really shouldn’t. Just watch this video and you’ll see what I mean. It only goes for 1 minute & 47 seconds.
- I need to get out in nature more often. When I start back with my regular walking this will happen! I am craving nature. I also need a good digital detox. Did you see what I posted just yesterday on Instagram and Facebook? This!
- I need more regular getaways! It does me the world of good to get away for a weekend to somewhere beautiful. Away from the usual jobs and responsibilities. Getting away seems to give me permission to relax. It encourages activities I enjoy – bush walking, photography, reading, enjoying nature!
- I need to plan my next holiday. A good solid bit of time away is much needed. Last holiday was only 8 days – the South Pacific Cruise in December 2016.
These are things I need to do to help me feel happy and balanced. There is one little hurdle to jump over first – though it’s not really a hurdle because it forces me to stop! However, it does mean that some of the things I need to do to get back on track must wait a bit but others I can do regardless (like being more mindful and making meditation a daily practice again)! I will be having some surgery on Thursday. I’ll be in hospital for a few days and recovering for a couple of weeks or so. It forces to me to stop at least and once recovered I’ll be setting things back in place to feel more balanced again (and putting those new runners to good use). In the meantime, it will be a little quiet here on the blog while I recover but I’m sure you’ll see activity from me on Instagram and Facebook so be sure to pop over to either or both of those and say hi!
Have your self-care practices slipped a little too? If yes, what do you need to do to rectify things?
Ciao for now,
Linking up today with Kylie Purtell – Capturing Life for #IBOT