We’re living in odd times with additional stressors in our lives. Over the past year we’ve had lockdowns, had to self isolate, submit to regular testing, many of us working from home or being furloughed and many more have lost their jobs and our normal support networks haven’t been available to us.
Some of us have taking to walking or running to relieve the stress while others have turned to baking and crafting and others to less healthy habits. But how many of us have actually taken the time to sit and check in with ourselves?
We seem to regularly check how we are doing physically, whether we have become fitter or gained weight, have new injuries or managed to heal old ones, our clothes inform us of physical changes as do our mirrors and cameras. Our bodies, however, only tell a very small part of the story. Do you know the rest of your story? Where are you mentally? Emotionally? Spiritually?
Taking time to sit quietly and really check in on our emotional, mental and spiritual help is essential if we are to achieve balance in our lives. We need to recognise our emotions, accept and release them. We need to acknowledge when we are feeling down or stressed and find ways to support ourselves, to show show ourselves kindness and compassion. If we are just hurtling from one chore to the next, one day to the next without checking in, without taking time to release those emotions and stressors they build up and we are left feeling angry or resentful without fully understanding why.
I have always tried to cultivate habits to support my emotional/mental and spiritual well being and these have stood me in good stead over the past few months. Some of the things that have helped me are :
- Keeping a daily gratitude journal
- A Reiki self-treatment before I get up in the morning
- Yoga – I try and do 2 or 3 classes a week
- Sending Reiki healing at least once a month to individuals/groups or the earth itself
- Walking – I try and walk for at least 30 minutes a day.
What toll has the last year or so taken on your emotional/mental/spiritual wellbeing? When did you last truly ask this of yourself? What are you doing to help yourself, to stay connected to you, so that you can be your best self?
If you wish to know more about my habits or share some of yours please do leave a comment below.