Finding time to nourish yourself isn’t just about food – although that’s certainly an important part of the equation.
I like to think of nourishment as what keeps me going – whether it’s food, silence, companionship, exercise … or any combination of these things. What nourishes me energizes and sustains me, no matter what challenges come my way.
So, what nourishes you?
People need dreams, there’s as much nourishment in ‘em as food.
Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way, with spiritual nourishment. Everybody needs that.
The first, most fundamental step in finding time to nourish yourself is getting to know yourself and identifying what you find nourishing. It’s not going to be the same for everyone.
And it may not be easy to get to that information. Be patient and open your heart … and it will come. As you contemplate the things that nourish you, you may first run into a collection of ‘should’s.’ They can certainly confuse things and bring up feelings. But don’t let them stop you in your tracks – instead, recognize them for what they are – messages from your Inner Critic!
If you’re like most people, you will react to those ‘should’s’ in one of two ways:
- Compliance or
Either way, if you attempt to nourish yourself based on a ‘should’ that is coming to you from your Inner Critic, you will not be able to sustain it. Your nourishment will be tainted and you will, soon enough, let it go.
The sad thing is that this pattern can lead to discouragement and a feeling that you ‘can’t’ nourish yourself as you’d like to.
But that’s not the case – not by a long shot!
© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.