Stress

Today's nudge from the awesome and inspiring Effy:

What really stresses you out, and how to do take care of yourself when you're in the midst of *waves at all that*. 

 

It's usually fairly apparent when I've been stressing.....you'll see me use the hashtag #useyourtools. I often write this as a reminder that I am well-equipped to deal with life's ups and downs. I am often guilty of overthinking and spinning myself out on stuff. The what ifs, the regrets, the self-doubt.......Pretty much any time I'm focused on the past or future, I spin. I *know* being in the present moment is where all the good stuff is, but hey, I'm a work in progress.

I'd say that is probably the best way I take care of myself. I get still and quiet, and allow my higher self to step in and remind me.......I'm a work in progress. I am perfectly human. We all are. We don't have to get it right all the time. Self-care and compassion are key. 

I also find it's easier to take care of myself when I make plans and put processes in place for the care to happen, especially when triggered. What this currently looks like for me is regularly scheduled deep tissue massages, acupuncture appointments, reading, daily meditation, working with crystals, oracle decks, swimming, and quality down time with my beloved cat, Quito. The single most important self-care practice I have in place right now is an accountability partner with whom I use the Voxer app daily. We hold space for each other, do not judge, witness, and call bullshit for each other. I highly recommend this practice!! Without her support, I don't know how I would've done these last few months.