We all have that one thing...the thing that makes us feel whole. For some of us, it's music, art, sports, cooking, photography, fitness, etc...for me, it's movement.
Have you ever found yourself in a moment where the things that used to set your soul of fire feel so far away? You're not even sure how you became so distant from them, but you don't even feel like climbing your way back to making them a regular habit? It's that moment of knowing exactly what you need, yet being resistant towards taking action towards those needs. What do you do in those moments of unmotivated, stagnant, cyclical malaise?
Firstly, we must acknowledge that all of us experience these moments. Don't judge yourself too harshly. Instead, appreciate these low moments, because without them, the highs would not be high, they would simply just be. The joy of coming back to what you love is amplified by your straying away. Remember this, as you come back and begin to make time and space for these things.
Secondly, start slow. Let the motivation come back to you intuitively. The first few times, yes, you may have to harness some discipline to steer yourself back towards healthy habits, but once you do, allow the amount of time and energy you spend doing these things to grow at is own natural pace. You see, the problem with many of the things that we love to do, is we put some sort of expectation or "ground rules" on these activities, in order for us to feel we've done them adequately. For example, if you're into fitness, maybe you've got an "all or nothing" mentality, and when you've fallen out of a steady habit of working out, crushing a 45min work out is most likely not going to feel pleasant. In fact, it'll feel more like punishment, and who wants to come back to that?! Instead, discipline yourself enough to dedicate some time to it, but then let your body and your mind tell you when you've had enough. It's like falling in love; when it's forced, it doesn't feel right. When it's effortless, yes it's work, but the rewards are so worth it.
So what passions have you lost touch with that you may need to rekindle your love for? Whatever it may be, allow yourself the time, space, and self-love to gently come back to these things. Healthy habits serve you when they benefit you mind, body, and spirit, not when they are simply forced because they read healthy on paper.
Go reconnect to what you love!
xoxo Krista Lynne