When we talk about re-setting and mean our health and maybe other parts of life, it’s usually setting new (and many time old ones again) goals, starting yet another wellness program like a diet, workout schedule and maybe some other additions like meditating, yoga etc……well, you probably know what I mean.
These are all conscious decisions, setting your sight towards some distance hope and then a lot of times, making yourself, forcing and fighting the other part of you that wants the opposite.
All of this is good in some ways but I think there is another way of re-setting which is much more effective and that is when you get an opportunity to stop and re-evaluate where you are now, and by some interruption you get to feel what it can be like when it’s different.
I had such an opportunity and it’s called the flu. Hit me like a brick and kept me on my back in bed for four days.So sick it was hard to even stand up.
Mind you I’m “never” sick so when something like this happens, I of course, don’t become scared of germs on the subway, but I look at my life. How am I living my life? What are my priorities? How am I treating myself?
This time I realized that I had let circumstancesincrease this sense I have of my energy almost always being outside myself. Noticing everything around me, having my attention pulled in every direction except towards myself, my wants, my sanity and my well-being. Caring for others, for work, for anything outside me, more than for me.
This isn’t always a bad thing but it sure can be exhausting and it’s easy to get lost in believing the importance of things that don’t really mean anything in the big scoop of things.
So I re-aligned my focus and increased my attention to me. Taking time for those things that I know make me happy, has me be excited about life, has me feeling good and more importantly that increase my calm, my relaxation, my focus and support my well-being in all kinds of ways.
It’s like remembering to put the oxygen mask on yourself first, so that you can then help someone else, instead of running out of air and kind of being useless not only for yourself but also for everyone a round you.
Are you giving too much of your energy to others or are you taking care of you? How do you make sure to remember to put yourself first so that you have enough for everyone around you?