Stepping away as a part of self-care

It has been a little while since I have written.  I am back from my break away.  I had a fabulous time with my family - exploring, learning, eating gorgeous food, taking in nature, art and beautiful surroundings. 

Family holidays in their nature are rarely relaxing.  Despite this, I can feel the rejuvenated energy and the fresh perspective that has come in, having had the opportunity to step away.

As a part of my self-care I take time to step away from my work multiple times a year.  Whilst these planned breaks are essential, the time I take each day to actively care for myself, is what significantly contributes to my overall sense of wellbeing.

It is those moments during day, across the week and over the months, where I give space for myself and I step away, that make all the difference in the long run. 

Those moments where I light the candle and sit in meditation before my day begins, the ritualistic cup of tea I allow myself to enjoy as I take in the beauty of the garden on my morning break, the smudging of my workspace having finished for the day, the journaling on the weekend whilst listening to beautiful music, the long baths on a winter’s night, and the early bedtime for a full night’s rest.  These are the stepping away moments that make the real difference to my wellbeing.

Yet there are times where I struggle to do this too.  Usually this is a sign that something is not sitting quite right.

In writing this, I check in with myself and I recognise that since returning from our break, I have been working longer hours than feels balanced.  I sit with this a bit more and within a moment or two, I am able to begin naming what is going on for me here.

As I give language to the discomfort, the part of me that drives me to do more, softens. And space opens up for what I need in the moment – a walk in the evening light.

Just as I did above,

 ... my invitation for you, is to take a moment to do a brief review of how you have been going at giving yourself space to step away and care for you. 

You might be surprised by what you discover!

As feels supportive,

... consider how you might be able to give yourself some more moments for you over the next week or even month?

The important people in your life, will love you for it!

It is great to be connected again.

Take care.

Love Sarah xx

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