It has been a few weeks since I have gotten a chance to post a blog as my family has been moving from a rental home to a home that we were fortunate enough to purchase. It has been a whirlwind and a lot of change in short amount of time and our heads are spinning from the upheaval of our schedules and routine. We have packed up our old home that we lived in for three years, prepared our new home for moving into which consisted of working full-time day jobs, tending to our daughter with the end of her school year and extracurricular activities, working to build my practice in my off hours and taking a copious amount of trips to Lowes (they should really give me stock). It has been a lot of change in a short amount of time and it caused our regular routine to be something of the distant past.
The point of me telling you this is that it is change, even positive change can be stressful on the body and mind. I stress the importance of having proper self-care even when you are managing good stress, aka ‘Eustress’. Good stress can have negative effects on the systems of the body if neglected. For me, family time, personal time, and self-care have been on the back burner which I can feel the effects of unintentionally neglecting all three. For the past few weeks I have not been a good practitioner of my own advice and I have noticed that my energies are out of line.
Even good stress can have negative effects on the systems of the body if neglected.
So with this realization and knowledge I now have the power to manage and change the factors that influence my stress levels. I can be purposeful in making time, even 5 minutes a day, for myself so that I stay calm, balanced and centered. I can be purposeful in devoting time to my spouse and child even if it is not as much as I would like. I can remind myself that this is only temporary and not forever. Things will settle and the routines come go back and we will find our new ‘normal’. Home repairs and fixing things on the house will subside.
Maybe there is an area of your life that you have given too much power, maybe you are in a season where you are running at full speed and need to take some time to reflect on your priorities. Are there areas that you might be unintentionally neglecting in your life? With self-reflection we can often times see areas in our life that need our attention. So with the flood waters of life receding it is time to regain my sense of balance and peace.
The Take Away: What are some areas in your life that you have been unintentionally neglecting? What are some steps that you can take to re-direct your time and energy to those areas? Write them down and take steps towards getting back to where you want to be.