GUEST POST BY GINA TUCKER
When we embark on a path of personal growth it’s usually with the goal of improving ourselves and our lives in some way. Sometimes this will be in small ways and other times in ways that completely transform.
It isn’t necessarily an easy path though. When we choose to do this inner work, we challenge old patterns and ways of being. And that can be hard at times.
While your body may not be working out, your heart and soul certainly are. So it’s important to take care of and support yourself during that process.
There are three key actions you can take to support yourself in your personal growth journey.
Acknowledge that the work you’re doing isn’t easy. At times you could feel quite uncomfortable, vulnerable and exposed. So go easy on yourself.Your inner critic will probably activate the self-protection protocols. Be ready to respond with more gentle and compassionate thoughts.If you do start to feel less than resilient, reach out for support. Connect with a trusted friend, family member, mentor or even a professional if you need to.
Support your physical wellbeing by doing your best to eat well and get some movement into your week. If your efforts are less than perfect and the inner critic rears its head, don’t forget self-compassion.Support your mental and emotional wellbeing by being aware of when your resilience slips and have strategies in place to manage this when it happens.Make a list of what feels nurturing and supportive for you. Some possibilities might include:
- Complementary Therapies (eg. acupuncture, kinesiology, naturopathy, reiki)
- Bubble baths
- Walks by the beach
- Essential oils
Create space to listen to the quiet voice within. This is where the shifts and growth really happen. If you’re new to the idea, or it feels a bit beyond you, you could try the following:
- Keep a journal
- When the inner critic kicks in, write those thoughts down. When you see them on paper it can diminish their power. Think of it as thought cleansing.
- Write down as much of your dreams as you can remember each morning. Don’t worry about whether they make sense to you or not. The more often you write, the more you’ll remember. And the more you remember, the more likely you might start to see some common themes emerge.
- As you notice any patterns or insights during the process, make a note of those.
- Sitting quietly in the lotus position isn’t for everyone (definitely not for me!). So just find a form of meditation that works for you.
- For anyone who’s never meditated, or finds it challenging, guided meditations are a great place to start. If it seems a bit hard at first, keep going – I promise it will get easier the more you practice.
- These days it’s easy to find recorded meditations online (www.holisticbusinessfinance.com/free-guided-meditation). If you prefer an in-person experience you should be able to find a local meditation group on google.
- Activities like walking, cooking, crafts or other creative projects can also be a form of meditation when conducted mindfully.
- Anything that slows or stops the ‘monkey mind’ from going a mile a minute will be beneficial. Do whatever works for you.
It can be hard to know what it is that we need by the time we’re wading around in the muck. When times get tough on the personal growth journey be prepared. Have the three keys close to hand to support you and make things a little easier for yourself.
Intuitive, yet grounded and practical is how Gina Tucker describes herself.
Grounded and practical from her years of experience as an accountant & business mentor. Intuitive from regular mindfulness practices that help her stay connected to a sense of inner wisdom.
She helps women entrepreneurs to take charge of their business & finances as well as helping them navigate the personal development challenges that come with being in business.
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