In this day and age, it’s not uncommon for people to sprint through their day, dashing from one thing to the next, as if tomorrow will never get here. In our flurry to get things done, we often forget to take proper care of ourselves by eating right, getting enough exercise and rest. Our bodies send us warning signs when something is amiss, but in light of our busy schedules, chances are, we chose to ignore them and forge ahead anyway. This is a common phenomenon in our world today and the key, is knowing how and when, to slow down.
The experts say, eating right and getting plenty of exercise is the ticket to good health and well being. This is true, but what about our emotional health and well-being?
Everyday, our emotional health is under strain and put to the test in some form or another. If we’re not careful, we may find ourselves feeling frazzled and frayed, while dangling on the end of our rope.
One of the major problems many of us are facing these days is emotional residue from unresolved issues that sneak up on us, causing us to become angry, sad, jealous or even depressed, at a moments notice.
When we feel this way, it is often due to triggers which are brought to our attention by other people’s comments, actions and behaviors, all of which remind us of the issues we thought we had worked through, that are still there, and need to be dealt with. These triggers may stem from difficutlies with a co-worker, pressures on the job, or difficulties within a relationship.
Relationships are also a major cause of emotional pressure. We are all individuals and walking different paths, each with our own opinions and perspectives of the world and each other. When emotional stress arises within a relationship, before lashing out at your partner, remember everyone is fighting their own internal battles. Whether it’s your kids, best friend, a co-worker, romantic partner or other, emotional strain from a relationship can take a tremendous toll on us. In times of emotional duress, it’s important to show them compassion and forgiveness whenever possible. How do we relieve ourselves of emotional pressure?
Take time for yourself!
I’m a number one advocate of “taking time for yourself.” Today, I’m very sick with a horrible cold and eventhough I feel the pressures of my daily responsibilities whispering in my ear, I know, if I don’t take time for myself and recooperate, I will only get worse. If it means the house comes crumbling down around me, because I didn’t get the laundry done, then so be it. If it means dirty dishes are piled high to the sky in the kitchen sink, then so be it.
Fortunately, there are many ways we can find time to nurture our spirit, get the laundry done, go to work and take care of the kids.
1. Everyday, try to spend an hour or two doing something that feeds your spirit. What is your passion? Listen to your heart and let it guide you to where you need to be.
2. Treat yourself to something nice. Instead of doing for others, this time, do for yourself.
3. Spend time in nature. The best way to unwind the frazzle of our daily pressures is to spend time in the wilds of nature. That may mean a few hours in the park, at the beach, or anywhere you feel a connection to the earth and her healing energy.
There is nothing wrong with busy schedules and responsibiltiy, as long as we find the balance in our lives that will keep the scales even on both sides. Whatever that balance is, is entirely up to you.
I’ve posted a beautiful picture of the shoreline from somewhere in Northern Ireland. As I sit here at my computer, a box of kleenex at my side, and a cup of steaming hot chamomile tea, I sure wish I was sitting on those rocks by the shorline, away from the pressures of daily life. We can’t easily dismiss our responsibilities, but we can take precautionary measures to ensure our emotional and physical health by taking time to nourish our spirit on a daily basis.
Writing and horses nourish my spirit. What nourishes yours?
Here is, Under Pressure, a memorable song from the 80’s by Queen and David Bowie. Wow, talk about pressure!