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For so long in my life, I felt like I was trying to heal myself while I was in the midst of everything else going on. Raising my babies, building my business, nurturing my relationship, and honing my skills as a counselor. I was in survival mode big time and I wasn't really giving myself the time that I needed.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your life? Do you ever wonder why you don't take care of yourself? Why getting tasks done means more than healing and feeling calm? It's because healing isn't tangible. You can't check it off a list. It takes time and concentration.
This is what I learned about giving myself time to heal from being overwhelmed and burned out:
1. I need respite and acknowledgement.
I haven't made time for respite. I had to have a break from surviving my life and spent some time with myself to reflect. I created a space in my home where I could meditate and made myself spend time there. I scheduled a walk into my day and I periodically went on retreat. The first retreat that I went on changed my life.
2. I had to get a community to support and acknowledge me.
My girlfriends rocked for this. It's because we're only ourself in relationships so we need to see ourself through other people's eyes. And when people acknowledge you, it lifts you up. When you're isolated, you just go deeper into depression. See, we're social beings and having witnesses to our journey is so important to us as humans.
This is why I offer live retreats. They are a break from life where you can focus on being your own healer and you can build a community of like minded folks who could become your touchstones long after the retreats over.
Some of my best friends I made while on retreat and I've seen some of my retreatants make incredible connections too.
I want to encourage you all to make some time for yourself to take a break from that hustle and bustle. To meditate or walk. Or just sit with your tea in the morning. And make sure that you have a friend or two, or a community, that you could feel like you belong to. Surround yourself with those who can lift you up and love you up.
Learn more about my Love Yourself Up Retreat September 11-13, 2015: http://jodiaman.com/love-yourself-up-retreat/
Thank you so much for listening!