Updated: Feb 22
Take a moment right now to fully embrace all that you are, how far you have come along, where you are going, and perhaps, breathe a sigh of relief, that you are here right now taking a moment for yourself. It is time to make a mental stock of what your needs are and how you can incorporate more positive changes into your life.
"Reflect on where you've been; embrace where you are; envision where you'll go." - Jessica David, published
If you were in Ridgecrest in July (2019), you lived through two of the largest earthquakes our state has seen in two decades -- and the thousands of aftershocks that followed. Even today, we’re still experiencing small but noticeable tremblors. Having been part of a military background for most of my life, I felt my situational awareness was active before but definitely it’s kicked up 1000% since the earthquakes.
Because of this life experience, I check in with my thoughts on a regular basis and am aware of my surroundings more so when I go into a different area - in the grocery store, at the movie theater, a restaurant, at the gym, etc. Being aware of my surroundings goes hand-in-hand with my thoughts. We all experience life’s adventures differently and their impacts can vary from person to person.
You and I have seasons of busyness – maybe you are a care taker or a parent, or hold a job or two. I’m myself (this matters because before we are a role of any kind, who we are is important), wife, mom, nutrition coach, friend, neighbor, and volunteer. Maybe your commute is far. Maybe your days are long and your nights are too short. Whatever the situation, I think we can take a moment to be present in our thoughts. Check in with yourself from time to time.
We often live our life on auto pilot. What do you spend time thinking about? When was the last time you had something to eat that nourished your body? Maybe it is time to consider who you spend your time with mostly, what you wish for yourself – personally, professionally, spiritually.
Most of us lead busy lives so I want you to get in the habit of checking in with yourself once a day at a minimum. After you have made that a ritual or daily practice then you could write down what you would like to incorporate over a period of time. You can set goals that may start today and end the next day or maybe they will spread over the course of the year. Sometimes making changes are really hard. Many times, we are set in our ways on how things have always been done; however, if you are hoping for improvement somewhere, checking in with yourself at least once a day may allow you to see where the changes need to take place first; adjust as necessary.
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The best part is that you get to decide what you want to do with these goals or if it is something you are unsure about, talk to your loved ones, your health practitioner, fitness or nutrition coach, take notice of it then tuck it away and sometime in the future; the answer is likely to reveal itself. If we never check in with ourselves we cannot be in tune with our body. And being in tune allows us to know our body best. Having this knowledge is a critical step in your wellness journey.
So, when was the last time you took a moment?
Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease, condition, or ailment. This information is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Speak with your healthcare provider to see how/if it pertains to your individual needs.
The purpose of this blog is to offer support for your health goals. As of July 2022, Jessica David is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Jessica has ten years of coaching experience and you can consider her an encourager, someone in your corner, a friend, and a professional.
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