I just got back from an amazingly fun and productive week in Denver. Many a good time was had. What was not had was exercise, regular meditation, or healthy eating…
Even though it was only a week, now that I’m back it feels like I’m starting all over again in these areas.
When I lost my identity while being a caregiver for 1.5 years then experienced extreme grief when my fiance passed, starting over was a lot bigger of a task and had to be done in almost every life area.
Whether you’re starting over in a small way or a big way, there are some things you can do to get back into it, get motivated, and increase your likeliness of sticking to it.
1. Give yourself permission to do it badly. Newsflash: The reality is you are out of practice and will not immediately jump back in at the same level and proficiency you left off at. When I sit back down on my meditation mat after taking even a day or 2 off, my focus is all over the place. And when I get back out on the river walk to do a run, I’m jogging. And that’s ok. It takes time to retrain yourself. And you will do it badly at first. And that’s ok.
2. Start small. Starting anywhere other than small sets you up for disappointment and failure. When you start small and are gentle with yourself, you create a nurturing environment to grow your abilities again. There’s an interesting book called Micro Habits that talks about doing things for only 5 minutes a day. It seems so easy you can’t not do it. Then over time, it becomes a habit – a regular part of your day – and you naturally desire to do it more and more. So start small and set yourself up for success.
3. Connect to your why. As you begin again, take a moment to ask yourself why doing X activity is important to you. Why did you start doing it in the first place? How does it enrich your life? Once you connect to that, use that energy to carry you back to whatever practice you’re getting back into.
Love and light,
Twyla K is the owner of Soul Shine Healing & Coaching. She offers free energy scans to help people who are tired of feeling stuck uncover the truth of what’s energetically holding them back and get their soul sparkle for life back. Email Twyla at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free scan today!