When life throws us curveballs, it forces us to hit pause and take a step back. It can be uncomfortable, but it’s in these moments of discomfort that we can start to find our truth. I recently found myself in this space while dealing with an illness which caused me to slow down and really listen. With intentional listening, I started to appreciate the little moments with my family and friends, and I was able to practice self-reflection through breathing exercises, meditation, and simply being still with my thoughts.
Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
At first, I felt incredibly uncomfortable when I had to slow down due to my illness. But soon enough, I realized that it was okay not to be constantly busy or on the go all the time. By taking time for myself and allowing myself the space I needed, I started learning more about who you are as a person. This could mean anything from learning how your body works under certain circumstances or simply understanding how best you like to communicate with others—it all counts! This was truly the power of self-reflection.
Valuing Little Moments
Once I started listening intentionally, both my kids’ stories at bedtime and my husband’s workday anecdotes suddenly seemed so much more valuable. This newfound appreciation for their stories made me realize how important it is for us women, especially, to listen more intently and give those around us our full attention—because oftentimes, they have so much more they want (and need) to tell us than what meets the eye. Self-reflection is also about listening and seeing.
Cultivating Self-Love Practices
This experience also forced me to cultivate some self-love practices, such as doing breathing exercises every day or meditating for 10 minutes before starting my day. Even if these activities don’t feel natural at first—I promise you that once you get in the groove of them, they will become part of your routine! The goal here is not only finding a way out of discomfort but also creating an environment where peace & relaxation take precedence over stress & chaos.
Conclusion: Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish; it’s necessary! Whether it’s through meditation or simply sitting still with your thoughts—make sure that you are taking time out of your day (even if it’s just 5 minutes) to make sure you are checking in with yourself regularly. Life has its ups and downs, but we all deserve moments of joy away from the chaos—taking time for yourself allows exactly that! While it may seem difficult at first, once you get comfortable with being uncomfortable—you will start finding your truth in no time! Need more tea click here
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