Surviving the Slump

I know you’re out there. The people who have started doing some amazing things to improve their life. Eating right, workiIMG_8479ng out, volunteering more, starting to work on your business or passion project.

I want to talk about something that can be terrifying during this process. The days where you feel like you aren’t moving forward.

For me, the perfect example of this is when I get migraines. I’ve worked really hard to eat right, work out, reduce stress and anxiety and generally take care of my body. I used to get migraines at least twice a week, yet over the last year I’m happy to say I’ve cut that down to just a handful of times.

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Despite this progress, when I do get a migraine (or something else that slows me down), guilt pours over me. I watch TV and feel bad for wasting time. I sleep in and feel guilty that I didn’t get up early to work out.

Then there are the articles that describe the best practices for health, success & happiness. They pull together a routine, like waking up at 5 a.m., running 3 times a week for 30 minutes, yoga 4 times a week for an hour. Then there is cutting out wine and alcohol, getting up at the same time every day, meditating, writing in a journal every day, not sitting for more than 30 minutes… I could go on forever. There are so many tips and tricks, and some days trying a new one is extremely helpful. Other days, they just make success seem impossible.

Today, I want to serve as a reminder that all these tips, or even just the ones that you enjoy and serve you best, are part of a lifestyle. It should be part of something that makes you feel good, and should increase your happiness. There will days that you don’t feel well or are in a funk. Sometimes, you need to push through to feel better. Yet, other times, you need to let yourself feel what your body & mind are telling you. Acknowledge an appreciate where these feelings are coming from and then, when it’s time, figure out what needs to happen to get passed it.

Throughout my posts I hope to share things with you that will help with this process. Not a rose-colored glasses perspective, but thoughts on how to change your mindset. Things you can easily do to decrease anxiety and increase happiness. Thoughts on how to approach life just a bit differently to enjoy each day more.

Some tips might push you forward, and motivate you to achieve more on a good day. Other posts might be ways to relax, ground yourself and get out of a negative mindset. Both are equally important, and I hope you take the time to listen to your body and figure out the right balance.

Petite Power meditation: “The purpose of his glorious life is not simply to endure, but to soar, stumble and flourish as you learn to fall in love with existence. We were born to live my dear, not to merely exist.” – Becca Lee via Yogainspiration