Today I finished reading The Art of Extreme Self-Care. Similar to the Emotional Health Plan (click for a PDF download), the last chapter is about creating Your Extreme Self-Care First Aid Kit.
“When you’re most afraid, it’s time to be kind and gentle with yourself. You’ve got to find a way to hold yourself in a safe and constructive manner while you handle the turmoil and strain. Extreme Self-Care during times of great stress means engaging in those activities that allow you to honor your feelings, the ones that connect you to your center and reattach you to something solid and secure.”
One of the tips to creating Your Extreme Self-Care First Aid Kit is:
4. What responsibilities or commitments do I need to let go of to clear some space so that I’m able to feel my feelings and do what’s necessary to honor my needs?
I’ve been journalling on this very topic. It’s been hard to let go of a lot of what I regularly do, although I know in my heart this is what I need to do to exercise my physical and mental health. As far as my business, I have let go of the majority of what I have normally done. Moving forward only focusing on A Quiet Strong Voice, and a select few speaking engagements. This has given me so much more clarity and taken a lot of the pressure off. No more “squirrel” you know when something bright and shiny comes your way and it takes the focus off what you’re currently doing it. I had so many squirrels in my life I could start a squirrel farm. I was very proud of myself when I received a phone call from a person who I met many years ago in my MLM days, this lady was a very successful and influential person in the organization. Here she was calling me to ask me to “mentor her in a new business with referrals and new leads.” When I shared with her that my health hasn’t been to good and now is not a good time, she asked if she could call me back later in the year. For a moment, I almost said yes to people please. I was honest and said, I am very satisfied with the wellness plan I am undertaking so I’d prefer not. I could hear her respect for my honesty, and it felt good to stand up with love, kindness and gratitude. I thanked her for thinking of me and wished her luck.
What responsibilities or commitments can you let go of that aren’t serving you?
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