….Continued from The Daily Essentials During Life Transitions, Part I, in which Lisa Claudia Briggs discusses the daily practices of self care that help support her as she moves through life transitions.
It’s comforting when everything is changing to have certain things that stay the same. I have a yoga mat for Vermont and one for New Hampshire and most mornings you will find me on either the pink one or the green one practicing my at-home sequence to my favorite play list that I made on iTunes.
And before I find time for a little yoga, I spend a little bit of time on my Kindle reading something that inspires me from one of many books that I have gathered there.
Especially now, but for years and years, I have known that it’s good to start my day with some wisdom and inspiration… something that came from somebody else’s thoughts other than mine.
Here are a few more of my daily essentials:
- Time out to talk to friends and new colleagues during the day.
- Before-bedtime talks with my husband either at home or via technology.
- Walks with the dogs once I get home (where’s that again?).
- A big bottle of water laced with a little coconut water is my hydration-of-choice.
When you’re in the midst of change, or simply going through a challenging time in your life, or undergoing a transition that may not be physical but that is changing your identity or the way you see yourself, it’s more important than ever to fall back on the beauty of daily rhythms that nourish you. That keep you from disconnecting and disappearing into the swirl.
What are a few Daily Essentials that you can tuck into your day? Choose a few small anchors that you can count on yourself for. These will fill you back up if you’re a little depleted, help you rebalance, smooth out your nervous system and put you back together again. List a few things that maybe you’ve considered doing but haven’t done yet. I recommend you start with small increments so you don’t feel overwhelmed and so that you can stick with it.
These Daily Essentials really are daily essentials. You will benefit by having them way before you need them. They are a way of taking your needs seriously (one of my favorite sayings, something I say countless times every day). Having a practice that supports you is always valuable. Starting small, but using regularly, it will be there when it really counts.
I truly want that for you.