When I opened my calendar email today, I instead of “no events” I saw: You have no regrets scheduled for today.
Now that is a sign from the universe. Perhaps I’ve been spending just a little too much time in the past.
Part of my wellness plan is staying in the present, which is so important for mental health. I tend to go back, rethinking decisions and go forward, trying to predict outcomes. Instead, I am learning to take a deep breath and focus on being right here, right now. It was difficult at first, but it’s becoming easier.
Self care means asking myself “what do I need right now?” Sometimes it’s a nap, and often it’s a walk. This also helps me make good food (and alcohol) choices. Yes, these routines are easier in retirement. But I wish I’d learned to focus more on myself when I was younger. Worrying about what everyone else thinks drains me. It can be downright debilitating.
The biggest shift for me, though, is trying to have no regrets– I did what I could with what I had at the moment. And meditating on that keeps me present.
Things I am reading and listening to:
Self-kindness meditation from Ten Percent Happier
Forgive yourself for who you used to be
Food to eat (or not) for gut issues
Yoga for anxiety