With all things new, as Summer approaches, there has been a lot of LEARNING for me in the past few months.
I’m working on listening to my body, asking myself what type of person I want to be and how I want to show up in the world, and letting that be the guide for the decisions that I make a. Doing this led me to return to school and spend more time with friends and family.
The thing about stress is It steals your joy!
For years, I’ve over-functioned. I take on other people’s stress as my own and try to be helpful, ensuring everyone is okay. My problem is that I lost my ability to provide for my emotional needs. I got so out of tune with my emotions that I had breakdowns over minor things. Then I decided I was tired of having breakdowns and stopped feeling altogether. You guys know you’ve seen the post.
It’s A LOT!
I’m learning that sometimes others will just be disappointed when I put my own needs first, and I have to be okay with taking care of myself so that I have enough to give to others. Who knew?! The life lessons keep coming over here, don’t they?!
My current self-care has been reading, but between reading for school and working. I’m too tired to read for leisure. So I try to search for small moments of joy.
I’ve been working on a list of 12 favorite everyday practices for catching joy.
12 Things That Bring Me Joy
- Drinking a cup of iced coffee
- Going for brunch
- Spending time with my nieces and nephews
- Eating a charcuterie board
- Browsing in a bookstore
- Having my nails done
- Creating new recipes
- Baking in a kitchen
- Dressing up in vintage clothing
- Giving people compliments
- Spending quality time with my best friend
- Good makeup days
I can’t wait to hear what you come up with for your own list of things that bring you JOY.
Do at least one thing a day for yourself – your health and well-being matter!