Um...yeah. I feel you.
I was feeling like that for the last few weeks and my stress, anxiety and everything else were building. I kept wondering, what is going on?! Why can’t I get my ish together? Which then made me feel worse and I kept spiraling downward.
Overwhelmed. Stressed. Anxious. STUCK.
To be honest, I just wanted to curl up into a ball and cry...and I did.
It kept getting worse and worse and worse and just when everything seemed to come crashing down...things started opening up again. It’s like a lifeboat came to rescue me from the stormy waters and in fact, turned out to be quite a nice yacht. And it happened very quickly once I realized I had safety devices close by.
First things first. I realized that I wasn’t giving myself time or care. I was giving everything and everyone else all of me to the detriment of my own self. And let me tell you...ain’t no one gonna help anyone when you’re at zero capacity and negative capacity at that!
As I was nearing a nervous breakdown with a friend, I said it out loud...I’m not taking care of myself. I know I need sleep (was getting none), exercise (too exhausted to do it), to be out in nature (when would I have time for that) and in that very moment the next words were -- you know what, forget this. I’m going outside for a walk RIGHT NOW. I dropped everything, grabbed my shoes and walked out the door.
As soon as I hit fresh air - I was able to breathe. I kept walking until I got to my secret garden and just sat there for a bit staring at the water. I felt clearer just from being away from everything. When I got home, I did a visualization exercise and then took a nap. When I woke up, it’s like I was a new person. I felt renewed and sane again.
And right after that, everything around me shifted...almost miraculously. Within hours, all the things I was immensely stressed out about melted away and one by one I was getting emails/texts with news that things were all good to go. I tackled about 90% of my to-do list that afternoon, got to exercise and slept like a baby that night.
Sound too good to be true? Well it is too good AND it IS true. Self-care can be the last thing on our list and it’s what we need the most. There’s a lot of talk about being selfless but why would we want to be LESS of our self? Less of the amazing human being that we were created to be?
Let’s shift to being self-FULL. Full for ourselves and for those around us. I promise you will see the difference. I have seen the changes in my life, my clients, and people I admire most.
Sound super woo-woo and like no way do things just work this easily? Well, my challenge to you would be this: What if you just tried it? No animals or babies will be harmed in the process if you pick one thing to take care of YOU. And things will not fall apart around you -- pinky promise. If they do, you have full permission to blame me!
So tell me, what is the biggest thing overwhelming you right now? Include your comment below and I’ll be sure to respond.
To a Life Beyond Measure,
p.s. If you want to go deeper and explore where you want to be in your life, let's chat! I coach women to find their clarity and step into their confidence...even if that seems like a far away notion! See how your life can transform -- more easily than you may imagine! thelifeengineer.com/transform