Steps, not Speed
On my way to a more fulfilled life, there are times when the Universe has had to remind me to slow down and pay attention. Have you ever felt like that? Well, mid-March my body said ENOUGH! I was out for two weeks from severe back spasms, had a little break for my birthday week, then BAM! got hit with a bad cold virus that had me coughing and sounding like a barking seal. All of that really took the wind out of my sails. I was exhausted and it interrupted my morning routine of meditation, journaling, and eating the way I should.
In an article from the Mayo Clinic it says: “Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that irritating headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the cause. Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.”
In looking back over the first three months of the year I could identify where and how the stress had built up to the point where my mind, body, and soul needed a break. Well now it’s time to get back in the saddle and focus on the things that matter most to me – family, friends, and helping others find more fulfillment in their lives. One of the ways I do that is to find those who inspire me to do better. Currently one of my favorites is Mel Robbins.
Two of her coaching tools are the 5 Second Rule and Journal.These have helped me create a morning routine that works for me and after practicing it for the last four months, when I don’t do it first thing after my morning meditation (love the Calm app), my day just doesn’t seem held together.
So, here I go 5-4-3-2-1-ing it back into practice. One step at a time towards where I want to go and who I want to be. Towards health and happiness.
“She knew where she wanted to go and came to trust that steps, rather than speed, were the way she wanted to get there.”
Until next time…