What Sustains you versus Drains you?
You know you want to take care of yourself. And, yes, you want your life to feel in balance and in harmony. You want to feel vital, strong, and cared for. You know self-care is good. Yet there are many things that can come into your ‘field’ (your body, mind, emotions, relationships, and life) that drain your resources (time, energy, money, peace, and life force)… and you simply can’t afford to have these things depleting you.
Self-care is making sure that YOU receive what you need.
Self-care requires you never serve from your reserves.
Which means you need to SUSTAIN not DRAIN your energy.
Allow yourself to slow down and take an inventory. Be honest. Your life force depends on it.
Let’s refer to your life force as a field and it’s a time to take stock of the field you’ve planted (think agriculture and growing crops which is a metaphor for the field and crop of your life each year). And as you take stock of your personal field, your life, this is the time to choose to harvest what will sustain you over the winter and choose to compost that which is draining or no longer nurturing your field.
Really tune into yourself and honestly answer these two questions…
- WHAT IN MY LIFE DRAINS ME?
- WHAT IN MY LIFE SUSTAINS ME?
This could be relationships, jobs, situations, ways you work, finances, anything really. Don’t hold back. Be honest with yourself. Even if that means admitting your job, your kids, your whatever are draining you. Because once you can be honest about the drain, you can see the ways in which you can transform the drain into something that sustains you or at the very least stops draining you. And here’s the other thing to note – something that once sustained you could now drain you, and it’s up to you to see when that balance shifts, and then love yourself enough to respond to new circumstances and make the shifts inside of yourself and your life to create a most sustainable life.
Empower yourself to take care of yourself, right here on the self love blog, with these three steps …
- “What currently drains me is… ” (admit and name one, be specific so you can see the drain)
- “It also sustains me by…” (there’s some way it does give to you, and you want to keep this because it’s supportive)
- And then make your self care claim…
I CHOOSE TO SUSTAIN MYSELF NOT DRAIN MYSELF! …
So love… what is ready to shift for you?
What stand will you take to SUSTAIN not DRAIN yourself.
Write it here on the self-love blog, your stand for self-care…
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