This message is for those who are just “hanging in there”. Today I wanted to tell you that you don’t have to just survive.
You deserve to thrive.
I encourage you to take control over the situation today. How can you make that happen?
The first step is to identify your basic needs. When looking at Maslow’s hierarchy, we must first meet the basic requirements (physiological and safety) of life. This includes nutrition, exercise, rest, and stress management. Next are psychological needs which include belongingness, relationships, and sense of accomplishment. The last requirement you would fulfill would be self actualization, this is where you are able to reach your full potential.
If you don’t meet the needs of the foundation, you won’t be able to fulfill the needs of the higher tiers. This model helps you identify the areas that must improve before you thrive. It doesn’t have to be complicated. I can’t guarantee that it will be easy but there is a way for you to accomplish it.
Here are 5 action items to help yourself thrive and flourish today. If you can’t do all five, then start off with item #1 and do that on a daily basis. Once you are able to do that by habit, then move to the next item.
Eat veggies and lean protein at every meal. This doesn’t mean that you have to only eat meat and veggies, but it is a great start to ensuring that you’re getting sufficient nutrients to meet your physiology.
Get your heart rate up for 20 minutes or more. If you are a busy parent, this can include walking a little faster to work or taking the stairs. There are many ways that we can implement activity into our day.
Tell someone close to you how you feel. Expressing your feelings, frustrations and wins will help you establish a deeper relationship with whom you interact.
Celebrate one small win at the end of each day and write it down. The practice of gratitude is helpful to identifying the big picture and to show you that you are in fact winning at life.
Work on something that challenges your creativity. Build or make something. It can be as simple as working on a coloring book, making music, or anything that allows you to create. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
You deserve to be thriving. It will take some work but you aren’t alone in this. You have a support system all around you. If you need help getting yourself out of that “survival mode”, reach out to them or to us. We are here for you.
You deserve the best.
Have a great day,