What are you feeding yourself!
Guess what I did this last weekend? I would love to tell you that I went kayaking or on a long bike ride with the love of my life, but I didn't. I took a two-hour nap on Saturday and Sunday. Taking a nap is unusual for me. Ask my husband. It is like a cosmic event when I do. I would love to tell you that as I sit here and write this blog that I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the week, but I would be lying. Instead, I feel like I am carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders.
We have a lot going on in the world, and things do seem to be slowing down. The news is one horror story after another. Your social media feed showers you with post after post of other people's thoughts and opinions. These times are exhausting. For that reason alone, I think it is essential that we stop and ask, what are we feeding ourselves?
I have talked about self-care of this blog before, and while I think it was important then, I think it is more critical now. But I want us to think of self-care as more than a quick time out or getting a massage. In this season, it is about what you are feeding yourself?
Here are three areas you should consider what you are feeding yourself:
Physically: What foods are you putting in your body? While eating well is important all the time, it is essential that you eat foods that make your body feel good during seasons of difficulty. I know when things get hard, we like to feed ourselves with foods that comfort us. Chocolate, ice cream, yeasty rolls, and banana bread, to name a few. Yes, these foods are delicious and trust me; I have consumed my fair share in my life, but I also know how they make my body feel after I've eaten them. I am not saying that you shouldn't eat these types of food at all. I am saying that practicing moderation might be something to consider.
Mentally: We are inundated with information all the time. Scrolling your social media feeds, listening to the news, listening to music, or podcasts. Watching and listening to all of these will affect you mentally. When you start to feel run down, anxious, overwhelmed, or like I was feeling, the weight of the world on your shoulders unplug for a while. Take a day, or a few hours, or give yourself a real treat and do it the whole weekend. Your brain and your mental health will thank you for it.
Spiritually: Last but certainly not least is your spirituality. Whether you believe in God or the universe, I am sure we can all agree that there is a higher power. What are you doing to feed your soul? Meditation, praying, spending time in nature are all great options. It doesn't matter what you do; just do it. Your soul will thank you for it.
Today, I want to encourage you to look at what you are feeding yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually and ask if those things are bringing you joy or causing you to feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. The choice is yours.
Stay safe! Stay healthy!
Make today amazing because you are amazing!