I've been on vacation & recovering from said vacation for the last couple of weeks . . . which is why I've been a little MIA here! Happy to be back today to talk about something that I'm sure happens on a regular basis, but that doesn't get discussed that often!
Which is: What happens when you're cruising along being a really positive person, doing your morning routine, saying your daily mantras, drinking lots of water (whatever that looks like for you), meditating, exercising, __________ <--- fill in the blank there about your personal daily self-care routine, etc. etc.
AND THEN: It all goes to hell in a hand-basket! (or if you're me: a giant puddle of tears, with a hefty dose of "I suck" thrown in.) In this case it was a perfect storm of being out of my element, spending a lot of time with family - which is so great, and sometimes hard - , eating a lot of PIE (no regrets!), and totally forgetting that I do best when I spend regular time alone. Cue meltdown!
I've also been reading Jen Sincero's money book, and if there is one thing I've taken away from it is the reminder that our thoughts drive so much of our reality. So there I was mid-meltdown - crying even more because I knew I wasn't actually helping myself at ALL by freaking out. Basically I just felt like a giant failure. Thankfully this topic is also covered in the book - so I will share some of Ms. Sincero's wisdom:
IMPORTANT EMOTIONS NOTE: We are feeling creatures, we are meant to experience, not deny, our emotions. Ergo, it's not about being all yippy skippy every moment of every day and never ever feeling sad or angry or freaked out. Expecting yourself to feel only positive emotions is not only impossible, but will most likely make you feel like a failure instead of like a normal human. Feel what you feel, have a temper tantrum, shake your fist in the air and curse thy enemy's name, lie facedown in your driveway and weep, let your emotions live large and then . . . make the decision to move on. It's when we wallow in our negative emotions that we let them hold us back. Experiencing them, however, is healthy and critical to releasing them. (Jen Sincero, YOU ARE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY <---- so good - highly recommend!)
So. With those words fresh in my mind - I pulled myself (albeit rather slowly) out of my funk.
This is how I made my way back to "normal". Phew!
What about you? Do you have self-care practices in place for when you go on vacation? What are your favorite ways to avoid self-care meltdowns? And how do YOU get back on the proverbial horse? I'd love to hear - leave me a comment or send me a note!
Love & Light,
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