I wrote this post a couple of months ago, for a guest blog on Red and Honey (see the link below), and hesitated to share it here for awhile. To be honest, I felt a little hypocritical.
The post is about taking five minutes out of your day to ground yourself – using meditation, mindfulness, body scans, prayer, deep breathing, or other mind-body excises that feel right to you. When I wrote the post, I was in the midst of several months of taking five minutes for myself each day to do one of those exercises.
And I was seeing it pay off big time with how I felt physically, emotionally, mentally… all around.
Just five (yes, just five!) minutes might seem like so little, but when you think about how busy we are, how we fly by the seat our pants, how we barely make time to eat, sleep, or exercise, five minutes for ourselves is pretty huge.
Anyways, I was into it. I was doing it almost every day and reaping the benefits. I felt much calmer, more in tune with my body and all that was around me, more grounded, and less tense. It resulted in me taking more time for myself throughout the day and I found myself prioritizing my needs and my self-care practices… I also got pregnant!
I could tell my body was loving the self-care and I loved the way I felt.
So back to the whole hypocritical thing… smack in the middle of a few weeks of grueling morning (errr all-day) sickness, I got out of the routine.
It’s been a few months since I sat down and did my “morning five”, but I’m okay with it now.
I’m realizing (as I talk about in the post on Red and Honey), that: (1) no one is perfect, and that’s not what it’s about; (2) routines are powerful – once you’re out of it, it’s hard to get back into it; and (3) acceptance is key.
If finding some moments throughout the day to sneak in mindfulness works for me right now, then I accept it. If I can get back into the five-minute routine, then that’s wonderful! In the meantime, I’m not going to beat myself up – whatever I can do, whatever feels good.
I’m still sharing this post for those of you who are ready to prioritize self-care – my hope is that you’ll fit it into your daily routine in whatever way works for you… click below to read more!
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