How bad do things have to get before you actually ask for help? Before you actually utter the words, I'm not OK. I'm struggling.
It seems silly to think of decluttering as a self-care practice. In fact, it probably feels like the complete opposite. After all, decluttering feels like a chore, and who wants to do chores? After all, chores often feel like a struggle and a nuisance. And isn't self-care supposed to feel, well, carefree?
Author Nicole Gulotta has found that when her body is cared for, her creativity "flows more freely and more frequently." On the other hand, when she's tired, her muscles ache, and she hasn't practiced yoga in way too long, her creative energy is stagnant.
It's the start of the workweek. Another ordinary workweek. This likely includes the same old routine, a mix of getting ready, wrangling a kid or two, getting stuck in traffic, getting stuck in meetings, responding to never-ending email, running errands, making dinner, doing bedtime. And doing it all over again.
You want to make a positive change. You want to stop drinking. You want to start sleeping better. You want to set healthier boundaries. You want to carve out time to work on your novel. You want to get up earlier. You want to change jobs. You want to start your own business.
It's hard enough to practice self-compassion when life is a hum of usual activity. When our world explodes, it feels impossible.