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Spinning Tops, Finding Balance, and Practicing Self-Care

by Ashley on October 2, 2012 · 1 comment

I’ve been feeling like a spinning top lately. I’ve been struggling to stay balanced so that I don’t topple over.

These past few weeks, I’ve felt exhilarated and inspired. I’ve felt excited and motivated. I’ve followed through on my plans. I’ve completed 17 coaching calls in addition to my 40 hour a week 9-5 gig as a counselor. I’ve spent my free time catching a yoga class here and there or squeezing in a short jog. I’ve spent countless hours in front of my computer pouring out my heart into the Dream Catching Workshop.

There has been a huge amount of momentum, moving forward, making progress, spinning.

So, it shouldn’t have to a surprise that it all stopped yesterday afternoon.

The thing is, at some point, the top always stops moving. It loses momentum, falls over, and it stops.

It was 3pm and I found myself sitting in my office, draining and feeling less than inspired. I was worn out.

My top had fallen over.

Instead of beating myself up and thinking how ridiculous this was (I got my 8.5 hours of sleep and went for a walk this morning. I had a salad for lunch and am drinking lots of water. I shouldn’t be tired!), I practiced my best version of self-care.

I closed the door to my office, turned on some Joshua Radin, and laid down on my couch.

I closed my eyes and rested. I focused on my breathing. I let everything else drift away.

I released the feelings of incompetence and guilt. I released the “shoulds”.

I let myself rest.

Your body, your mind, and your creativity are like a tank that can become empty if you don’t carve out the time to fill them back up.

This was my fill-up.

This was my way to accept that my top had stopped moving, and that it’s okay.

When I woke up from my mini-cat-nap, I sat up, and I spun my top again.



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Laura H October 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Stop listing all the reasons you shouldn’t be tired, and just admit that you’re tired – needed this today! Thank you :)


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