Times of change and uncertainty provide ripe ground for our fears and personal myths to emerge. Instead of allowing them to remain out of awareness where they are free to create chaos or employing ineffective means to manage and control them, we can choose methods that provide us a way out… a way to personal emotional freedom and inner balance. Willingness to try a different approach, patience for the learning curve and a commitment to be gentle and kind to your self will benefit you personally and professionally.
You are an individual with unique needs. Therefore, self care is different for each of us. When you spend time getting to know yourself, you can try many different things and learn what works best for you. Take nutrition for example, we all need to eat a healthy and balanced diet every day. The personal choices we make to get there can vary greatly. Some people may feel better with high levels of protein while others feel better with more carbohydrates. Some people enjoy eating meat while others prefer a vegetarian diet. We also need to take different cultural backgrounds and tastes into consideration. It doesn’t matter how you get there, as long as your choices work for you. Learn about what is available and then do what truly feels right for you.
Questions that can help you define your specific needs to help manage and reduce your stress:
Where am I too attached to outcomes?
Where and why do I care too much?
Where are my personal boundaries and responsibilities?
Are my expectations of self and other realistic?
If I change my way of approaching this situation, what is my worst fear? Is it realistic? What are healthy alternatives?