Reconnecting to ourselves doesn't have to be big. It doesn't have to include grand gestures or pricey spa days or week-long retreats. It can be small. And it can be totally doable, even if you have a demanding schedule, even if you don't have much time to yourself. Here are some small steps and activities to take and try:
During the day, do you normally take breaks to just be? Do you regularly stop to think, to brainstorm, to let your mind wander? When was the last time you got lost inside your thoughts---not the ruminating, 'what-if' thoughts, but those dreamy thoughts that take you places; the thoughts that spark ideas and breakthroughs and so many possibilities.
It's the most important thing we can do for ourselves, even though it's often the hardest. Yet, we do it naturally for our loved ones and friends. All the time.
Athlete. Runner. CEO. Manager. Top employee. Star student. Published writer. We tend to define ourselves by one thing. Which means that if we stop playing soccer after college, can't run anymore because of bad knees, sell our company, get demoted or get fired, fail a few tests, and stop being published, we are shattered.
"Most of the time I feel overwhelmed by the number of things I have to do, which is compounded by me focusing on all of those things, rather than taking the steps to get them done," said Sara Robinson, MA, a writer, author and mental skills coach.
You're feeling sad, and you're not sure why. Maybe you just woke up this way. Maybe you're feeling sad about being left out---of a party, a meeting, a decision, a joke. Maybe you're feeling sad over something that happened last week, or last year. Maybe you're feeling sad about the smallest, silliest thing.
Yesterday, I talked about the power of our environment in shaping everything about us, from what we think to how we feel to what we do. And, for many of us, a significant chunk of our environment today is social media. Which is why it's so important to be intentional about who you follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and anywhere else.
Our environment shapes us. It shapes what we think, how we feel and what we do.