It has been a rough couple of weeks over here. I won’t go into the details but let’s just say that I’ve been trying really hard to take my own advice. I've been telling myself things like:
“Hold on to hope.”
“Look for the glimmers of hope.”
“Don’t be your own biggest critic.”
And, it’s hard.
This morning when my alarm went off, I hit snooze about two dozen times. Then my inner chatter started and I really really REALLY wanted to just pull the covers up over my head and hide from the world for 4 more hours. Since it's school vacation week and my sessions start later on Wednesdays, no one was counting on me to be anywhere or do anything.
But then I remembered what I told someone the other day when they asked me "What do you do to take care of yourself?"
My answer is always the same these days when someone asks me that question. I take care of myself by going to the gym. I pop on my headphones, tune out the world, and focus on me and what my body can do that day.
So, I pulled myself out of bed and went to the gym.
Even though I wanted to hide from the world.
Even though I wanted to sabotage myself.
Even though I wanted to hibernate.
I went because I realized that even though no one else was counting on me, "I" was counting on me.
I am counting on myself to keep doing the things that I need to do to feel grounded.
It's so easy in the stormy phases of life to put our own needs on the back burner. It's so tempting to avoid the things that always make us feel more like ourselves.
So, if you are like me and are on the struggle bus right now and are thinking about avoiding the things that make you feel like you...
You still need to make yourself a priority.
You deserve to be a priority in your own life.
You can be there for others AND be there for yourself.
Now, more than ever, we all need a little support to help get us through the rough spots. With all the pressures of life, it can be a challenge to find time to not only take care of yourself but also to truly understand who you even are anymore.