There was a time in my life when so many good things happened. Everything seemed to come my way, and I couldn’t believe my luck. I loved every minute of it. Then suddenly, I got very cranky and felt low. What had happened?
I realised I’d been so busy enjoying my good fortune and celebrating, that I’d taken zero quiet time for myself. This was taking a toll. Self Care is important, whatever we go through in life.
My oversight could have been easily prevented, had I practised something I’ve since perfected. I call it “checking in”, and your mission today is to learn how to check in with yourself to keep yourself balanced.
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Task 1: Checking in
Here’s how checking in works:
Place your feet on the ground and imagine you are rooted in the earth (this is called grounding). Relax and take a few deep breaths.
Then ask your body how it feels. Do you feel any tension, pressure, cold, heat?
Next, ask how your mind/soul feel. Are you tired? High in energy? What emotions are present? Excitement, happiness, sadness?
Task 2: Set yourself up for success
Why does checking in work? Because excitement or stress can transport us either into the past or the future. Our thoughts are elsewhere, but our bodies are always right here and in this moment. Checking in roots us in our bodies, and therefore in the here and now.
It’s easy to forget this just when you need it the most, so set up a routine to check in, at least once a day, or twice a day morning and evening. You can do this anywhere and it doesn’t take long.
This prevents you from overloading your system either with stress or positive overwhelm, and makes you more resilient and calm to face whatever life sends your way.