We’re half way through the year. And in this first half, so very much has happened around the world. It’s surreal, like I’m watching a movie or reading a book that I’ve been sucked into. Unfortunately, it’s all too real.
We’ve had to adjust to a new life. For some it’s been easy. For others, it’s been the worst nightmare imaginable. And just when it looked like the virus was getting semi-under control, the states opened up again. I’ve heard arguments for and against lifting the restrictions. Honestly, I don’t know if there is a firm right or wrong for anything. We’re all just feeling around in the dark, hoping to make the right decisions.
Each month, I’ve turned more and more to self-care for myself. It’s a simple fact that the more I care for myself, the more I’m able to care for others as well as my business. Keeping my stress level as low as possible, eating right, laughing often (that’s an important one!), mediating, and exercising have all played a factor. Add in the time I’ve spent outside in the evenings in our beautiful new area either playing cards, eating, sitting around the firepit, or just listening to the birds and the windchimes has been one of my favorite times of the day. We put up small LED (fairy lights) along the fence as well as outlining the deck and it has made me ridiculously happy. Something so small – and cheap – makes me smile. And at the end of the day, finding something to smile about is what’s important.
One of the things G and I love to do is wait until the moon and stars are out and just look at the sky. Sometimes we talk, sometimes we just sit in silence and soak in the tranquility. Recently, G has dragged out his telescope and we’ve been planet watching on clear nights. It’s been so much fun and interesting. Not to mention it adds another benefit to my love of the outdoors.
Most people don’t understand why I’m barefoot when I go outside. It’s because touching the grass or dirt grounds me. Just as I mentioned last time, we are part of nature. We need it. Over time, we’ve programmed ourselves to believe that we’re fine staying indoors and watching TV all the time. It hasn’t been until recently that we’ve all had to take a step back and discover that there’s an entirely different life for us out there. It’s shown us what’s important and what isn’t.
Material things are nice (yes, I have a weakness for purses and shoes. I’m working on that), but it isn’t everything. Family, friends, love, and laughter. Putting down our phones to share a conversation, having book nights where everyone reads together in one room instead of turning on the TV, cooking/baking together and making memories, going outside and playing with the dog or cat that is only ever seen when it’s time to feed them, long baths alone, or sitting outside and just listening to nature.
There are many, many ways to find what feeds your soul for your self-care journey. I’d love to hear some of what you’ve discovered these past months. I’m always looking for different ways to expand.
I’ll close with what I said last month, because I think it’s important enough to say again and again and again. You aren’t alone. You don’t have to carry the weight of everything yourself. You’re stronger than you know, and there are others who are around if you need them. Please, please, take time for yourself.