August, what a month you have been. Life threw me a couple of curve balls and it’s an understatement to say I’ve not been feeling so great.
I’ve been drawing pretty heavily on Brooke Castillo’s Self Coaching Model, which I wrote about on the blog last month, and wanted to share this quote from her for anyone going through a tough time - it sounds simplistic but it eventually becomes true:
There has been nothing more empowering than the realisation that I don’t have to think thoughts that bring me pain.
And when all else fails, get your ‘90s hip hop on like me and listen to Ms. Lauryn Hill:
Everything is everything / What is meant to be, will be / After winter, must come spring / Change, it comes eventually...
Well, thanks for listening sweet readers. Now how well do you think I went with my August intentions?
Interrupt the negative voice
Well lo and behold, I actually worked on this one by default!
Journaling my thoughts before bed has been a huge help to me - unpacking them from my brain and getting them on paper eases the rumination a little.
I have mentioned this before, but feel it’s worth mentioning again. Whatever we worry about rarely ever comes true. Keep a record of your worries so you can gather evidence and prove to yourself that this statement is true. Seriously, try it!
Up the training at work
I haven’t done so great here - blocking out time to do self-training at work just isn’t motivating me at the moment.
Do you guys have any tips on how to shift past this?
I know generally I fit better into formal training courses or learning skills on the job (rather than just reading about them), but there’s gotta be a way to move forward here. Let me know your techniques in the comments below!
Increase energy levels
As you can imagine, a stressful August has brought with it some not so great habits - I’ve managed to keep up the exercise thanks to having a gym buddy, but my eating has ranged from not-so-nourishing foods to not eating at all, and alcohol has been featuring a little too frequently.
Now that the fog is lifting a little, I’m going to plan my meals again, get the freezer stocked and try and reduce the social drinking to keep my head clear.
Study comes first
I’ve alluded to some study I’m doing here on the blog - I’m currently doing a life coaching course and loving it. Stay tuned for more about this on the blog!
But of course work, social occasions and general procrastination can get in the way of things we want to focus on most so I’m going to carve out weekend time (another reason to ditch the vino) to make sure I’m on top of my studies.
Have a wonderful September readers - thanks as always for being here!