Sometimes you serve yourself best by letting everything go and take time to nurture yourself and reflect; during a period of self imposed solitude.
You can gain a much clearer perspective when you stop letting your challenges run you. Maybe you are reflecting on improving or leaving a toxic relationship, or perhaps you are no longer fulfilled in your career. The case may be that you are dealing with health challenges or the illness of a loved one. It could be that it is really time to make a lifestyle change and start a new health and fitness program.
Whatever your circumstance, taking a period of reflection rather than forcing what you think you need to be doing to "fix" the problem, often yields much more fruitful results.
Contrary to popular (all inside your head) beliefs, the world will not come crashing down when you take time to pause and reflect; in fact, the circumstances may have rearranged themselves towards a much more desirable scenario while you were away ;)
When you think about it, worry and the desperate need to "fix" our challenges is rather like putting yourself in a hamster wheel. You are spinning and spinning, working yourself into a lather but getting nowhere. Instead, allow yourself the freedom and grace to honor your mind and spirit with some solitude; so that when you do jump back into things you can do so with a clear heart and mind.
A few tips to help you make the most of this sacred time are...
Plan it: Decide that you are taking one day or a weekend perhaps to unplug and nourish yourself with whatever it is that you are desiring. Perhaps it's reading a new book, going on a long drive, hike or trip; or maybe a project that you find great joy in, like gardening. These activities can help to disengage your brain and allow you to just "be."
Respect it: Keep your connectedness to the outside world to a minimum. Better yet, shut it down entirely. No email or Social Media checking, set your phone to do not disturb and make a promise to yourself that during this time you are choosing not to be distracted.
Continue it: When you find yourself in mental or emotional turmoil, acknowledge your need for space. During extremely difficult life challenges, such as a divorce or the death of a loved one you made to get away more often. Do not see this as a sign of weakness or something you can ignore, instead have the thought process that you are being proactive rather than reactive with your mental health. If you take time to unplug and reflect, you will be a better person, partner, husband, wife, mother, father, son, daughter etc.
Sometimes a little space is all we need to see a situation with fresh eyes and solutions that we could not see before. So make time for solitude and move through challenge with grace and ease that you once thought impossible.
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