PART 4

Hey Evolving Woman! 

How has your practice been this week? How are you doing with replacing the thoughts and imagining the new feelings? Are you catching the words that stand in the way between you and what you want?

Take 3 minutes now to register the effort you’ve been making and note down what differences you’re feeling already. When you’re living in your own body, it can be hard to notice small changes, so it’s really important to take the time to check in and see what’s happened for you. 

Click below to listen to me introduce this week’s topic:

 

You’re working hard – in your life, your business/your job, your family – just generally functioning and being a human being! But, we can’t continue to work hard all the time.

Does a wolf pack always run at full pelt?
Does an army continue to fight 24 hours a day?
Definitely not. 

But, we’ve often been conditioned as women in particular, not to take rest. To keep going. That rest is lazy. That we need to be productive. We need to be doing, achieving. 

I speak from first hand experience of feeling this a LOT. But, the outcome of feeling like that a lot and for a long time, is very often some form of burnout. You get sick and struggle to shift it as quick as you usually could. You lose your enthusiasm and wonder what the hell am I doing with my life. You feel like you’ve got no energy. You can’t sleep or you wake up still feeling exhausted.

Any one of those experiences is shit! And we’d like to avoid them please!!

So feeding into what you worked on in the last week, you’ve already been looking at how to include more of the things you love into each day, to allow you to experience the feelings you want to feel. How’s that been going?

Find your list that you wrote last week. This week, we are going to transform it into a more concrete menu for your wellbeing. 

 

First up, please click on the button below to download your template:

DOWNLOAD YOUR LOVE LIST TEMPLATE

I call this menu a ‘Love List’.  It’s a list of 10 things that you enjoy doing, that aren’t work, food, alcohol, or anything you have to do. Instead, it’s things that you love and that make you feel lit up (aka like we want you to be feeling from your learning last week!)

You might already know what this looks like for you, but if not, here’s a few ideas I’d like to share with you:

  • Having a bath
  • Walking outside
  • Baking something you love
  • Listening to music
  • Drawing
  • Making a cup of tea
  • Go for a massage
  • Go out to a cafe by yourself
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Reading
  • Just being quiet

It could be absolutely anything that makes you feel good. Take some time now (don’t put it off!) to write your list of 10 things. When it’s done, hang it somewhere you will see it every single day. 

Once you’ve made your list, it’s as simple as making a commitment to do one of these things a day as a minimum. Some days you’ll have more time than others. Some things will take more time than others. It’s quite a good idea to have a variety of big and small things, to make it doable within your schedule. Whilst still recognising that doing this is important, because you are important. 

What action do you need to take to ensure this happens?

  • Call a friend to schedule a time?
  • Book a babysitter?
  • Just add it to your phone calendar?
  • Contact a spa?

Make sure you take the action now while it’s fresh in your mind and you’ve got the momentum to do it. 

Remember how important you are. By doing more things that you love, you’re investing in yourself a) to be happy and b) to have the energy necessary to do all the other things you want and need to do. See doing these things as your physical, mental and emotional rest periods. Like an emotional lunchbreak from life! 

Some days you’ll get it right. Other days you’ll work too hard, forget to do something from your love list and you’ll feel it. Those days are important, to remind us why we do these things and how we feel if we don’t. On those days, without blame or judgement, write down for 5 minutes how you feel now and why it feels important to take the time to rest and reset by doing something you love. 

Love,

Amy