ME TIME - REST and REFLECTION
Spending quality time alone, is important. Alone with no outside distractions, no “other people” distractions. When we spend time alone, we can think and ‘be’ just for ourselves. It is a self-love practice.
When we have time to be alone, we're able to hear from and even have a discussion with that still, quiet inner voice or with your higher power. A give and take, listening and talking, it’s an inside thing. Your attention is inside. You get to be all about you and not others.
I have to do this periodically to tune in, slow down and let go of anything that’s not necessary, I can tend to overdo. Scheduling in alone time alleviates overwhelm and stress. You gain awareness and can let go of less important things, get more focussed on your next steps and what brings you joy.
REST is an integral part of this practice. In this rest you can let go. You have nothing to prove, nothing you HAVE to do. You get to choose what you want to do because you are caring for you, listening to you.
What are your needs, are they being met? What are your desires, your dreams, your visions for your life right now and for your future?
This time alone might seem selfish to some but it’s not. It’s actually an imperative in this day and age of busyness, striving, worry, comparisons, competition and financial fears. So let go of guilt because when you are at peace with yourself, others will always benefit. You cannot love others if you do not love yourself. Burnout and stress are the result.
TIME is also a part of this practice. While an hour here or there is always good. And I also encourage unplugging every week for at least a day. What I’m talking about here with this practice is some days, either 2, 3 or 4 days. You could call it a Me Retreat!
Spending time in the beauty of nature is a powerful way to let go and connect. Think about going on a nature trek, or rent a cottage on a lake, or the beach, completely unplugging from all computers and phones.
This might seem scary to some as they need distractions and being alone with nothing to do doesn’t feel safe. I encourage you to look at why that is. Start in smaller increments and work on how to have a relationship with your higher power, (that small, still voice inside). Try to make some movement towards this connection and as you develop it, by letting go your fearful thoughts and being open to a higher perspective, the more relaxed and confident you will be in spending time with yourself. The payoff of this is that you will feel more confident in every aspect of your life.
When you are rested and ready, ask yourself some questions:
How do I feel about…….?
How does my body feel about…….?
What can I let go of to feel more fully alive, more at peace, more relaxed, more energetic, etc.?
What are the things that bring me joy?
How can I bring more of that into my life?
What are my next steps?
You might have your own questions. That’s great! Maybe you are so tired that you want to just REST. And that’s fine too!
Any answers you get, I encourage you to write them out in your journal, or any paper you have at hand. Writing them out by hand helps your brain to remember and sparks your creativity. You can also do a voice recording if journaling really isn't your thing.
Your answers might be as simple as. “to experience joy”, or it might be, “change the way businesses are run.” It’s not about pleasing others or doing what you think you should. This is time of rest and discovery for you. This is time for you to rest and replenish.
During this Me Time, try to switch off normal work stuff and unplug from the computer. You might be envisioning where you want your business or life to be in 5, 10 or 20 years, that’s fine but switch off the day to day emails and busyness and binge watching Netflix etc.
If you would like to know more about how to let go and find more freedom and joy, please reach out to me. I help people all the time to do this easily and safely. The result of our work together is profound. I invite you to have a complimentary 20-minute consult call with me by clicking the "Book a Call" link at the bottom of the page. I'd be happy to chat about my work and answer any questions you might have and to see how I can help you.
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