Finding time to fully relax can be problematic if we're busy, overwhelmed or feel as if we don't need/deserve this type of self-care. Make no mistake; being able to unwind — even if it's for a handful of minutes at a time — can be an effective way to avoid burnout or show ourselves a little self-compassion.
Any behaviour that benefits our emotional, physical and mental well-being is something that can be turned into a healthy habit. There’s no doubt that maintaining a set of practices that achieve this can improve our mood, enhance energy and provide a sense of purpose.
Having occasional negative thoughts about ourselves is completely normal; being stressed, tired, frustrated or experiencing challenges and changes, etc. can contribute to developing a nitpicking and overly critical inner voice. Often a collective reflection of our feelings, negative thinking can reveal what aspects of emotional self-care we need to work on.
Life has been rather hectic lately, a significant upheaval is on the way for me personally; which, if things actually turn out as we hope, my husband and I will see a marked improvement in our lifestyle and general mental well-being. I'm choosing to focus on the possibilities of these advancements coming to fruition; and what's encouraging me to remain focused and optimistic are a collection of quotes.
For many of us, journaling represents a way to help organize our thoughts, recognize and celebrate gratitude and/or work through any challenges currently being faced. By expressing ourselves openly in this way, journaling can help relieve stress and anxiety; becoming a valuable tool to monitor our general health and well-being.
It's frequently said that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes, but that's not entirely accurate. There are many events and experiences that seem to be universally encountered by us all; including a number of hard truths that we all need to come to terms with.
Let’s face it, saying that life has its ups and downs is expressing it mildly. A more accurate descriptor would be there are cycles of advancement and regression, reworking and awakening, unpleasantness and pleasure, even chaos and calm; with many other experiences in-between that may make it difficult, at times, to show ourselves some kindness and understanding.
Aiming to live authentically helps create a sense of purpose and fulfillment that's rooted in recognizing our self-worth. It's an evolving process throughout our life's journey deeply connected to what resonates most within our principles, responsibilities, boundaries, words and actions.