The holidays can be challenging even in the best of times- & this year? We are all dealing with a whole new reality!
As a health coach I always encourage my clients to have a "tool kit" that they can access before they enter "crisis mode". Identifying when you are beginning to struggle or when you foresee bumps in the road is a crucial skill, one that can take time to become proficient at.
This year I encourage you to activate your "tool kit" of self-care earlier rather than later. Why? Once we are in "crisis mode" it's harder to make rational decisions and often times we will need more time to recover. This doesn't mean it's impossible to make a change at any time, but I am a fan of giving yourself a moment of peace now to help ensure wellness later on.
Read on for my top tips to do just that...
Take a moment today and to identify what your needs are. Write them down instead of having them swirl around in your mind.
Break them into categories:
After you reflect take a moment and breathe. This is not always easy to do when we are in the face of a challenge. However, when we step back and see our needs on paper they are validated. They are no longer invisible phantoms floating in our mind. They are concrete- they are present. This will allow you to create an action plan for self-care.
A Reminder- You are not getting graded on these tasks. For all my "I love a gold star/A+" readers- take a deep breath- there is no way to be perfect here! Practice releasing that desire...
Once you reflect think about simple ways to fulfill your needs. Including but not limited to:
All of these reflections & planning can take as little as 15 minutes! If you don't have time to do this today- make a calendar appointment to do it this week. Block off the time on your planner or in your phone, get out a piece of paper and something to write with and GO.
Sometimes we require outside support to reach our goals and take care of ourselves. This is not a sign of weakness! Human beings are community creatures and getting the help we need is something that I encourage you to explore.
That might mean working with a coach, connecting with a licensed mental health practitioner or checking-in with your medical provider. Start by searching what's available in your area, who is covered by your insurance if you have that resource and even non-profits that provide services for your local community.
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About the Author
Lily lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband. She loves to lift heavy, watch vintage movies and cheer on her fellow warrior queens!