When you are out of alignment, you may feel an overwhelming sense of frustration, low energy, and an overall physical and mental exhaustion that you can’t seem to shake off. You might feel that despite your fast-paced, jam-packed, busy days, you feel unproductive and unmotivated. Basic, everyday tasks feel like they take everything out of you. Finding yourself out of alignment is certainly frustrating because you might feel like you can’t afford to have even one “off” day, much less days or weeks of feeling like your stress levels have depleted your ability to function.
An important concept to keep in mind when you’re in the midst of this out-of-sorts state is that being out of alignment is an avenue towards self-improvement—towards reaching your highest self. We wouldn’t know what it is to be in alignment if we didn’t fall out of it from time to time. Think of this period as an opportunity to hit your internal reset button; to slow down; to reflect; to observe your routine and your everyday life and make some critical changes. The lows of this stressful time are difficult; sometimes even painful, but take a moment to look closer; deeper. This is an opportunity for healing. Sometimes, it takes for our mind and body to give out in order to really focus our attention on our needs. This is your mind and body speaking to you and alerting you to take action.
In order to realign and recover, the following are some important activities, do’s, and don’ts that will get you emotionally and physically back on track.
Self-care, every day
Rest and get enough sleep every night
Reduce screen time (this will free up your time so you can get more sleep)
Spending time in nature
Taking a couple of responsibilities off of your schedule
Saying “no” more often
If these actions and tasks seem like complete deviations from your typical day-to-day, then it’s likely that it was only a matter of time before you fell out of alignment. The point is not to turn off completely and go on a total hiatus from your life, but instead, simply slow down and allow your mind and body the time and space to recharge. You will discover that falling out of alignment is an important precursor to great strides in your self-development and in improving your quality of life.
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