Do you ever feel like you are riding the roller coaster of life? One minute you are up? The next you are down? Work is going great, work is not so great, you love people, you can’t stand people, you feel fit and healthy, you feel sick.
I’ve experienced all of the highs and lows within one week. My businesses were going great. I was managing to find time to fit everything in. I was feeling great physically, well I was still getting my exercise routine back after being sick, but all in all, things were good.
Then it all went down hill. It is said that your external world is a reflection of your internal world… Try telling a dominant, leo, gen Y that one… ‘No, it’s not me, it’s everything else’.
Being a health coach, one would think that I would know to take time out for me and not work my body to the ground… wrong. We are all human and we all make mistakes, we learn from them. Habits hey!? Hard to break. Had I been exercising most mornings to get those endorphins pumping? No! Had I been eating well while I was away over the weekend? No! Getting enough sleep? No! Practising mindfulness? No! Taking some time out for me to recharge? No! Oh I see the pattern now.
We really under estimate the power of small daily decisions and habits and how they impact each day.
If we build ourselves up, then it is hard for outside forces to knock us down.
So how do I get back on track? I give myself time to have a tanti (sit with my emotions, have a cry, a stomp – better out than in), and learn to stop beating myself up for feeling this way. It can be a snowball effect. I get frustrated at myself for feeling that way, as I am so grateful for so many things in my life. My tip, just take the pressure off and allow yourself to feel, it is the roller coaster of life. I then get my self-care back on track, the biggest one for me – saying no! I get to bed early, get to the gym in the morning and journal and practise mindful breathing. I also surround myself with my support crew – friends, family, team, health coach and business coach.
The real game changer – vision! No matter how challenging the ride becomes, having that long-term vision, or purpose is crucial! Ask yourself what do you want to be? Not what do you want to have or do, but what do you want to feel? What legacy do you want to leave? It is so much bigger than just us.
The only thing that is constant, is change. And honestly, life would be boring without the ups and downs. If you are flat lining, you are dead!
So, enjoy the ride. We only get one chance.
How do you get back on the ride? I’d love to hear your stories of your ups and downs and how you keep going. What is your purpose?