When it’s been a full and demanding winter a practice that has resonated with me through the years is to slow down in the summer months. Often when you’re working in service professions, and your clients are on summer vacation, the summer wind down period is a perfect time to follow this flow!
I find it useful to connect with myself during this time after being pulled into the needs of my community and outer world. I love this work deeply yet I have noticed that I am stronger and more centred when I nurture and put focus towards my needs too!
1) Morning Routine
I’ve realized through the years that a soft, gentle morning routine, prior to work, serves me well. For me his often includes my favourite tea and reading a book or doing course work for 15 minutes to 1 hour with leaders, teachers, healers etc. that resonate. This practice sets me up for the way I want to feel by tapping into my preferred internal space.
For years my morning practice involved the hustle hard for success modo. Which by all means is still a strong value of mine! But I was noticing that this mindset first thing in the morning often got me into trouble with putting a lot of pressure on myself to perform and achieve.
Its been interesting that as I give myself morning love and self-compassion (while previously in my head I was losing valuable work time) that I am actually more focused, productive and connected. Who knew?!
2) Intentionally Carving Out Space
Boundaries. Boundaries. Boundaries.
There will always be work. Always. Let’s intentionally breathe and tell ourselves that we’ll get there one step at a time! We have the option to choose to carve out space that works for us! The power to indicate the hours you want to work in a day. The power to respond to emails when it works for you. The power to take weekends and evenings off. To power to give areas in you life the amount of energy you decide it deserves.
Brené Brown says it well, “No matter how much I get done, or is left undone, at the end of the day I am enough.” We are often hard on ourselves if we don’t get that work “to do list” completed. Yet we know in our heart and soul that this does not define our identity and essence! It’s amazing what will happen when we dive into this headspace and give ourselves some love and compassion.
3) Plan Personal Invigorating Projects
A full work schedule can simply be exhausting. We’ve all been there!
Part of my summer routine when my schedule naturally winds down is that I plan my fall – winter 2019 projects. Projects for me. Projects that light me up, give me energy, fuel my purpose. This allows for my personal projects to just naturally just run alongside my clinical, coaching, team and management work objectives during a busy season. It keeps me connected!
These growth areas take practice and I am absolutely there with you! We are all on this journey together. Trying to be the best version of ourselves for each other, our community, and our world.
With love and deep gratitude,
Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching and Find Your Voice Music Therapy
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101