Loving and Living Your Way Through Grief author Emily Threatt has written a blog post on the importance of taking care of yourself, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Do you go to bed with your mind sorting out all the things you have to do, then wake up with more things on your list? That’s been me lately. I have been doing well for a long time with keeping things balanced and prioritizing but have found myself being somewhat overwhelmed and with getting ready to launch my book, Loving and Living Your Way Through Grief, on January 23. I am even starting to feel a bit stressed.
For most of my life I did so much that when I was asked if I was stressed, I would say “Stress is my life.” Now I know that doesn’t serve me, and I have been feeling great with my well-balanced life, but this incredible opportunity of getting my book out there is something I plan to do my very best at, so I am busy. Realizing that January 23rd is coming soon is a blessing. This high level of activity won’t last forever, so I am figuring out how to make the best use of my time while taking care of myself. These are a couple of things you can do too when you get busy or stressed.
First, I am my priority. Like what the flight attendants used to tell us back when we could fly, “Put the oxygen mask on yourself first.” When I get busy or stressed, I easily forget to eat wisely and drink water. Now, I set good nutrition and hydration as a number one priority. If I don’t have the fuel, I can get anything done.
Second, I start each say with my spiritual practice where I meditate, write in my journal, write what I am grateful for, write my affirmations, write my intention, and write something that brought me joy the day before. This may seem like a lot, but it doesn’t take long and brings focus into my life. This also allows me to prioritize what is most important.
When I do each of these things intentionally each day, everything just falls into place. My breathing slows, I smile, and the day is beautiful.
I am so glad I wrote this today! I feel much better now!
A Comprehensive Guide to Reclaiming and Cultivating Joy and Carrying on in the Face of Loss
Rediscover sustained moments of joy as you seek a new way of being in the world. Loving and Living Your Way Through Grief guides and lightens the journey to positivity for those who feel the pain of loss, whether it is the loss of a loved one, a job, a marriage, a house, a pregnancy, a nest egg―anyone or anything that we loved and that is no longer in our lives. In this book, author and fellow griever Emily Thiroux Threatt provides you with strategies to embrace the process of learning how to start living again.