Begin encouraging small changes, putting just enough pressure on yourself to move one turtle step forward. Then rest, savour, celebrate. Then step again. You’ll find that slow is fast, gentle is powerful, and stillness moves mountains ~ Martha Beck
Professor Kelly Wilson, one of life’s true heroes, wrote a lovely article here on small, daily practices that will help you to flourish. These are his reminders, to which I have added a few,
- be thoughtful about your boundaries. Consider the impact of spending time with people that drain you or make you feel worse (including social media and the news);
- consider the impact of chemical toxins on your mood and wellbeing;
- give yourself ample time to sleep;
- eat nutritiously dense foods and drink lots of water;
- move your body in ways that feel good to you;
- practise mindfulness, meditation or prayer;
- pay attention in some way to the people who matter to you;
- do something, however small, that is meaningful to you;
- notice how you talk to yourself, and treat your body with respect and kindness;
- do something that brings you delight every day.
I am pretty sure that few (if any) of us do all of these every day… Still, it’s an endeavour that seems worthwhile –
Each moment conditions the next, so small changes daily can make a big difference over time
What might a small turtle step be, that you could take right now in the direction of supporting yourself better? Five jumping jacks, or a quick glass of water?
Or, you might simply notice how things go on the days when you do take care of yourself in some way, versus the days when you don’t.
PS it’s easy to be critical of yourself when you don’t do these things… or to put them in the “too hard for today basket” and let habit take over.
Chris Winson puts it so well over at his blog, Breathe Underwater. He writes,
Instead of spending energy and time on bring critical, you can be supportive to yourself. And let’s be clear, this isn’t about not being accountable or not motivating yourself. In fact it’s the opposite, it’s about gentle assertiveness and encouragement to live by your values and be the best version of yourself you can be.