Have you ever had those days when you just don’t feel like yourself? I think that in many ways, feeling like “yourself” can be attributed to your actions and how close you come to putting your values on the pedestal they deserve to be on. For example, a few weeks ago I had a string of about four days when I was unable to squeeze yoga into my schedule, eat well, or spend much time taking in my surroundings. I also didn’t feel like my usual cheerful self, and my energy level was really low.
The result? I felt like I lost my grip on my soul's purpose, I felt scattered, and felt that I needed to work double time to get it back in my grasp.
I’m not saying that I became a different person because I didn’t work out for four days and ate some french fries. But eating well and exercising are two core values that are important to my physical well-being and sanity, and straying from those values for an extended period of time made me feel like I was drifting away from my higher purpose. If you can relate to this, you probably know that what comes along with ignoring your core values is a lot of self-loathing and regret.
Well, there's no time for that! Instead, the important thing is to come up with a “recipe” for your next few hours, days and weeks to get yourself back on track, and to notice where and why you slipped up and how you can prevent it in the future.
So how did I get out of my short-lived funk?
My first step was to write a list of the things that are most important to me, my “core values,” things I strive to do every day. Those include eating well, yoga and exercise, spending time outdoors, adventure, success, love, energy, and positivity — all of which are important and crucial to my happiness, and I should stop at nothing to make them happen each and every day.
My suggestion to you is that you create your own list. What are your ingredients for the best “you” possible? Even if you start with a word or idea today, you can add to it daily, or weekly — whenever you realize something that makes you happy and you simply cannot go without. Write your list down in a place where you can glance at it every day, to remind yourself of the things that are important to you and make you as happy as possible. You can even start keeping a journal, jotting down all the things you do to keep yourself headed towards your goals.
Here’s to living our lives as our best possible selves!