I have a confession to make….my comfortable fall-back position is to look outside myself for guidance when I’m in a period of turmoil, whether it be job concerns, relationship issues, or spiritual questioning. I grab the nearest self-help books, take the workshops, & listen to all the audio-recordings from motivational speakers & gurus that I can find. Someone “out there” must be able to help me. Right? Not necessarily.
Here’s the bottom line. All of those are wonderful resources BUT…. if I don’t internalize the lessons & APPLY them to my life, none of them will work. Would I expect to get benefits from a piece of exercise equipment I never use? Would I become a better artist if I never picked up my brush to paint?
I’ve learned to ….USE IT OR LOSE IT
Here is a short list of useful strategies I have in place to center myself- tools that both nourish & nurture me.
- Journal write
- Create art
- Work in my garden
- Go for a walk
- Connect with nature
- Listen to music
- Spend time with those I love
- Take time to be alone
- Get a massage
- Give or receive a Reiki session
- Take a power nap
- Rattle or drum to change the energy around me
- Use positive affirmations
- Hold a smooth stone & get grounded again
- Play with the dogs
- Focus on the many gifts & blessings in my life
I have a great many tools in my “self-care” toolbox but it’s up to me… and only me… to use them when I need them.