Today’s Wellness Wednesday is about keeping your fire burning. Not just lit but thriving. What fires you up? What are you passionate about? What sets your soul ablaze? These things are important for a healthy life. Are you engaging in this vital form of self care?
I recently felt a little burnt out. And as I type this I realize how just how appropriate this phrase is to capture that feeling (and how perfectly it works with this post theme which I promise was unplanned).
I didn’t know what to write about. I felt like I was always harping on the same topics. I felt uninspired and, to be honest, unimportant.
Is anyone even reading this?
If they are reading it, does it even make a difference to their life?
And then, a few things happened.
- I took a road trip and listened to hours of podcasts.
- I was blessed with hearing from a few individuals about how my message has impacted them.
Self care and personal development
Part of self care is taking the time to develop yourself personally. (Do you like how I just defined personal development by rearranging the words?) If you choose to remain stagnant, not learning or growing or stretching yourself, chances are you will also feel discontentment. Dissatisfied. Restless. Or the best adjective: blah.
If you’re feeling any of these things, try this experiment:
Choose one podcast, book, documentary, Ted Talk or another form of personal development. Select one on a topic you’re somehow vested in. Something you’d like to learn about, is related to your career, a philanthropy you’d like to get involved in or just something that piques your interest. Engage in that activity for 30 minutes. Then call your attention to how you feel afterwards.
Do you feel…
Inspired? Excited? Smart? Empowered? Encouraged? Convicted? Challenged?
Are these feelings you’d like to feel more often?
Maybe you need to consciously set aside some time in your regular schedule to continue utilizing personal development as a self care technique. You might be thinking, “That’s a grand idea and all, but I’m wayyyy too busy to add in ‘one more thing’ to my schedule.”
What about listening to a podcast on your commute instead of the radio? 30 minutes of a documentary in the evening instead of a sitcom? A 10 minute Ted Talk while you brush your teeth? 10 minutes of reading a book when you wake up in place of scrolling social media?
Fitting in time for personal development, and more importantly- feeding your fire, is not just good, it’s downright necessary.
Whether you’re staying at home parenting, working in an office, in school, or retired, staying engaged with the topics and causes that fire you up helps keep you ALIVE and thriving.
Don’t ever let yourself believe you’re not important or can’t make a difference.
You are uniquely you. No one else can be you! Therefore you are SO important. You may never know the full extent of the difference you are making. And you have to be OK with that. But I promise you are touching lives.
Learn something new and share it with a friend. Refer someone to a great podcast. Lend someone a book that made an impact on you. Give 110% at work. Join a new club. Volunteer.
There are innumerable ways to engage with the world around you and that doesn’t mean you have to volunteer at the animal shelter if you aren’t an animal person. Find topics, causes, messages, etc. that get you fired up and make those a part of your life.
Challenge yourself to grow and learn and let those positive changes have a ripple effect on those around you. Be the best version of yourself you can be, day by day.
Just try it. If, in a few months, you look back and think: “Geez, all this reading I’ve done and volunteering I’ve started doesn’t make me feel any different or better” then you are free to go back to exactly as things were before, at no great loss to you.
But I’d put my money on you feeling more energized, vibrant and rejuvenated than when you started. Don’t stand still and watch life pass you by. Engage, grow, learn and serve. You will find a much richer, fuller and healthier life awaits.