How to find strength during hard times

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I have been working a lot past few months! I love what I do SO MUCH and have a hard time turning it off! As a recovering perfectionist who is finding the courage to be imperfect, I find it hard to step back. I have also been dealing with a feeling that stepping back and taking time to recharge will make me lose control over my work! I have been turning to my meditation and pondering if I am working too much and suffering from burnout?

Here is what came to me – there is an abundance of time to reach my goals. And I won’t be able to reach them if I push my body and don’t let it rest. So this Monday I rested – as much as a workaholic and recovering perfectionist can. I created some new mindsets to turn of the negative voices and grabbed some oils – Joy, Envision and Dream Catcher – to recharge! This is the best way to find strength during hard times!

Another observation I had with hard times – they are so valuable! They build us, give us an opportunity to use the tools we have learned or to identify areas where we need to grow. Here are affirmations to help reset your mindset:

I am enough

I am right where I am supposed to be

Challenges are opportunities to learn and grow

I am getting stronger every day

I have the ability to overcome every obstacle

I learn from today for a happy tomorrow

Yoga poses to let go of a hard day

Forward Fold – as you are in this pose, envision all your worries coming off your shoulders

Baby Cobra / Cobra / Upward dog – focus on releasing your shoulders down your spine, elongating your neck and opening your heart

Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose) or Easy Seat – the grounding of these poses provides calming benefits

Savasana – just letting it all go, taking time to rest

Young Living Essential Oils (buy your Oils here)

Frankincense – grounding and calming

Stress Away – relaxing and releasing

Citrus Fresh – uplifting and happy

Valor – courage and strength

Peace & Calming – calming and relaxing

Chakras to focus on and balance

Root chakra – our grounding and foundational chakra

Sacral chakra – our ability to accept others and new experiences

Solar Plexus chakra – our strength and ability to create our life

How do you combine all these?

Write down your affirmations on a piece of paper or in a journal. Grab oils that resonate with you. Find 10 minutes of quietness. Get into a comfortable seat and apply your oils where you are called to apply them. Close your eyes. Cup your nose and take 5-10 inhales to inhale the oils. Say your affirmations out loud 5-10 times each. As you are breathing begin to focus on your Root chakra, located at the base of the spine by the tailbone, as you become more grounded begin to focus on your Sacral chakra, located in the lower abdomen about two inches below your navel, as you feel your energy shift move up to your Solar Plexus chakra, located in your upper abdomen (stomach region). As you have sat and focused on these chakras, begin to open your eyes and moving into forward folds, backbends, and savasana. This quick self-love practice is sure to bring you calm and shift your mindset when you need a break!

ENJOY!

~Katie