As I said before last week's teleconference really well. And then on Wednesday life took over again and I lost focus on taking care of myself and forgot to eat. Anyone who knows me knows that this is really unusual. I am a stress eater so normally during a really hectic or stressful time I will eat more not less. Rather than being upset by this I asked myself the question, "What can I learn from this?" And as usual the universe sent me the answer through lots of different ways. No matter what I looked at or listened to the word focus was always there. This is again going to be a busy week for my husband. Doctor's visits, outpatient surgery, and then whatever he needs to recuperate quickly and easily. It would be easy to forget to eat again or to take care of myself. So I need to focus on not only what my husband needs but what I can easily do for myself as well. This morning I did some simple chair yoga in front of a window that looks out over the beautiful trees in our backyard. Later today I am going to plan some healthy meals that will be ready when we get back from the hospital. I am going to order a new book to take with me so I have something to read in all of the waiting rooms this week and paper and pencil to write down the ideas that may come into my head as I wait. None of these are new or different ideas but without focusing ahead of time on what I need this week they may not have gotten done.
This morning I have used three of the strategies I share with my coaching clients on a regular basis. Asking yourself a small question opens up your mind to all types of possibilities whether for painting a picture, writing a book, or getting through a difficult week. Listening for the answer and being open to it can change the direction you are going for the better. And focusing on what you are doing or what you need at this time, can make life not only simpler but easier.
I hope that you have a week filled with special moments. Remember to focus on what you need and what you want so that when those special moments appear (and they will) you will not only notice them but truly take the time to enjoy them.
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If you are interested in being part of a group that shares self-care ideas and tips, let me know. As I said this idea is in the very beginning stages and I would love your thoughts and input. I do know it will be free, ongoing, and in a format so that we can talk and get to know one another. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.