Things are pretty intense. Those of us who believe in human rights, equality, and kindness are getting busy, making phone calls, sending postcards, showing up at airports, and generally speaking truth to power. At the same time, many of us are scrolling through social media, reading, watching, and reacting when we may be better served by relaxing, having some fun, and sleeping.
When we're exhausted, it's hard to be our best parent-selves. It's hard to sustain our activism. It's hard to life joyfully! So, if we are going to stay strong, connected, and balanced for the long haul, let's be wise and care for ourselves! Today, I've decided to prioritize a few self-care basics for myself.
Bedtime. I've been up later than usual trying to keep up with what is going on in the news. Starting today, I'm giving myself a set bedtime (lights out by 10:30 pm) so I can wake up feeling rested, prioritize my morning meditation practice, and be awake and present for my days.
Social Media limits. I've been on Facebook more than usual, keeping up with the news. Starting today, I'm scaling back my online time. No social media and/or news after 9:30, instead I'll be enjoying a bit of extra reading time.
Positive influences. I've been meaning to read Charles Eisenstein's The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. This is a great time to read a book on Sacred Activism, so I'm starting today. Want to join me? Follow the link above to read it on Charles' website and pay by donation (or it's available in bookstores).
Gratitude and Appreciation. My new year's resolution was to practice gratitude and appreciation every day. So far, this has been wonderful! I started with thinking of 3 things I'm grateful for & 3 things I appreciate about my family before even opening my eyes. This month, I'm going to start writing the things down, because I know that helps deepen the practice.
Fun and Laughter. I'm going to laugh more and make time for fun. I'm going to find a funny show on Netflix to crack me up if I get to the end of the day and haven't had a couple of good belly laughs. Any recommendations?
How's your life balance? Anything you want to do to make your life more sustainable?
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.