Gotten Off Track?
I don’t know about you but these last 10 days or so, I’ve not been on my A-game and, if I’m honest with myself, I know why.
Health-wise this year has been a pretty good year; I’ve drank alcohol only once a month for 6 months, drank mainly decaff coffee, kept up a relatively regular yoga and meditation practice and discovered, or re-discovered, a number of hobbies and creative outlets.
Tomorrow it will be June, the half-way point for the year, and since starting this blog, as fun and enjoyable as it has been, I’ve let some of my self-care practices slide since launching the site due to having less spare time. This has meant some bad habits creeping back in, smoking, drinking too much caffeinated tea and less herbal teas and water, not practising yoga or meditation for the last 10 days, not playing guitar, eating junk food – all things I know that managed properly are really important to my personal sense of health and well-being.
I’ve already noticed how these bad habits are affecting me on the daily – more tired, less focused, less inspired, less happy, so given that I’ve 4 days away from my “real” job, I’ve decided to get back on track with my good habits to replace the bad ones.
So today, I’ve re-set the clock on not smoking and am sporting a fetching nicotine patch instead. I’ve taken part in an intermediate yoga session on YouTube, read a book in the bath, swapped the odd brew for a fresh glass of water and completed a short meditation. Tomorrow I plan to do more of the same, re-introducing some of my other personal self-care practices; visit a good friend, healthier food options, herbal teas, etc.
What I’m not going to do is get down on myself for slipping these last few days and if you’re experiencing a similar slip, I recommend you don’t either.
Instead, why not make a list like mine above and work out what makes you feel happy and good about yourself, what is it that makes you feel “well”? Then pick a date to start slowly re-introducing your personal health and well-being practices back into your life.
I really like the following quote from the influential German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche:
“He has drawn back, only in order to have enough room for his leap”.Friedrich Nietzsche
Who knows, maybe you have only slipped in your personal health and well-being practices to give you strength to jump to the next stage of your journey? Like an arrow being drawn back in the bow before shooting forward again, maybe you’re pulling back before making a major breakthrough? Let me know 🙂