That was me this past week.
I hit a wall. It felt like steel. Cold. Hard. Blue.
I’m a force in the world. A happy, resourceful, tenacious, spirit-rich woman. I don’t hit walls.
I move through the world like
I love my life. I love my work. I love feeding people and inspiring women to enter their kitchens with new hope and new enthusiasm.
But this week, I couldn’t find the motivation to color my own plate.
“That’s what you’re having for dinner?” he asked, glancing at my cauliflower.
“It looks a little white.”
Me, who teases him when everything on his plate looks a little
Mashed potatoes (he’s Irish)
Cottage cheese (?)
And here I was, the culinary rock star eating a bowl of cauliflower for dinner. Nothing rocking on my plate that night.
I call it the self-care slump. It doesn’t happen often. I have great tools. I’m trained in the art of pull-yourself-up by your bootstraps.
But even super heroes have their self-care slump days. Here’s what I learned from mine:
Give yourself permission to feel . . . tired, sad, lonely, angry, quiet (you fill in the blank).
Feelings are energy. They move through you.
And with you.
They remind you that you are human, that you’re alive. Give yourself permission to feel.
Don’t try to figure it out. Sometimes a self-care slump sneaks up on you. Stay out of your head and move into your body.
Give yourself a hug.
But please, don’t try to figure it out. Because then you might be tempted to “fix” it.
Pull out your nourishment menu and do something on that list. What? You don’t have a nourishment menu?
Compose one, TODAY, over a cup of tea and chocolate
Me? I made a pot of soup.
With some delicious magic mineral broth that I had placed in my freezer
How do you nourish yourself? What do you do when find yourself in a self-care slump? Leave a comment. Don’t be shy.