Patience with Self

This season brings some significant new lessons to my life, for which I am thankful. I had the honor of speaking to a group of peers and colleagues at an annual meeting, my second book is being released, and I’m in the midst of the worst reaction to pollen I have ever experienced. For those who have long suffered during this season, I apologize for not understanding what you were going through. Yuck.

I don’t like feeling ‘under the weather’ and usually will try to push through whatever comes. But I woke up last Friday morning and didn’t want to do a thing. Congestion, nausea, coughing, and lethargy all hit at once. I didn’t want to do anything, and that’s not like me. Things weren’t getting marked off my to-do list!

While curiously observing the thoughts wrestling back and forth in my confused mind, I realized it was time to have some patience with my Self. Thankfully there was just enough clarity remaining to understand that trying anything challenging would end badly. My physical, mental, and spiritual Self needed to rest… not easy for me.

Being still while watching the wildlife outside the window and treating myself to hot tea is helping. Being able to make progress on simple paperwork tasks is helping. Staying indoors and out of the pollen has been difficult during such a beautiful time of year. My tapping has slowed to gentle touch and holds on the finger points. But having patience with my Self during this time is allowing me to choose to live as though my long-term health and happiness matter. Because they do. My to-do list is patiently waiting for me, allowing me time to step back and reprioritize as part of my Self-care.

Although I still feel a little dazed and confused, it feels important to share this message with you: If similar lethargic feelings come to visit you, please choose to live like you matter. Because you do. Take care of your Self as you’d care for a good friend. Ask for help (I know that’s hard sometimes). Have patience, especially during the gloomier times when inspiration and motivation have gone AWOL. With time, glimmers of energy and hope will start to appear. Know that by taking good care of your Self, you’ll be back with a renewed sense of appreciation and awareness of what matters most. Patience…

Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.