If you’re like me, you do the things you think you’re ‘supposed’ to be doing, but things you need to do for yourself fall to the wayside. Whether it’s eating right, exercising, purposefully learning something new, or even getting your hair done- those things just don’t seem as pressing as whatever it is that needs to be done or what is expected to be done.
When did I stop routinely investing in myself? I need to get back to basics and make sure my soul is fed. We are all fed by different things, but all in all, what we need as nourishment falls into these categories:
* Spiritual Fulfillment
* Love – Both giving and receiving
*Health and Wellness
What’s important to you? Does it fit into one of these categories?
For instance, I’m not gung ho on eating gluten free, non dairy etc. I do the best that I can to have a varied (mostly) organic diet and that’s ok. It’s not as important to me as, say, getting a regular work out in or making sure my (gray) roots get touched up every couple of months. I have priorities within each of these categories, but you really wouldn’t know it by my current daily routine!
It took me thinking deeply about what I was neglecting for the sake of chasing a schedule or simply falling on the couch exhausted at night to really make a list of things I want to do to get back to investing in myself. I want to consciously stop allowing my spare time to be sucked up by a bunch of stuff that doesn’t nurture my soul.
I’ve recently been introduced to meditation and am learning to find some quiet space in my head on a regular basis. Being able to clear out the mental clutter and focus on nothing is so important to my stress levels.
For now, I’d like to increase my quiet time throughout the week. I’ll aim for 15 minutes, 5 days a week.
Everyone’s busy. It’s no excuse. Life is about relationships and those should be nurtured. I want to carve out more time for the people I love. I need to think about this one!
Health and Wellness
I haven’t been exercising regularly for a few months, basically since I turned 40. Not a great way to start a new decade! I need to make the effort to get 3 workouts in a week, no excuses. It can’t be something super intense or I know I’ll tap out. I will do a little research and give you an update on what I’ve decided to do about this.
I love to read great fiction. When I do take the time to read, I tend to watch less TV. That’s a good thing! I need to make a list of books I’d like to read and steadily make some progress. Nothing too crazy…maybe 2-3 books a month. Maybe you’ll join me? If you’re in, stay tuned for a reading list!
How do you invest in yourself?