This is my final blog before going on a two week summer holiday – and I’m super excited! Yet, the pre-holiday stress is trying to get to me. Contentment seems harder to feel whilst anxiety seems to be my new best friend. My overly ambitious, achievement driven brain is coming up with more and more to-dos. It’s ferociously trying to cloud my mind with all these things I should be doing – some of which I have never even thought of until this day. And I refuse to let it get to me.
Yesterday, I revisited my to-do list and cleaned it up. I narrowed it down to three specific tasks, and I also agreed with myself that I would stop doing them at 6 PM tonight no matter what. If that meant only getting one of those things done, that would be ok. None of the things on the list are time sensitive so I know that if I don’t get them done today, I can easily get them done when I’m back from my holiday.
So, here I am, promising to myself and to you that I will put my out-of-office on at 6 PM today. I will spend the rest of the evening packing and looking forward to my holiday. Looking back on what I’ve written here, I’m simply following the three pre-holiday practices I wrote about in my post on How to Manage Stress Pre- and Post-Holiday. I will definitely be following my three post-holiday tips too when I’m back!
Yet, even with these three tips, I’m struggling to find or feel the contentment that I so crave right now. I know I will feel it once I start to wind down in my holiday. I also know finding it hard to feel it right now is a sure sign I’m overdue for a holiday. Still, I want to do something to welcome more of that contentment in, right here right now.
So, I’m going to do these three things to give my contentment a boost:
My lack of contentment is often driven by my ego saying I’m not where I’m meant to be. It tries to tell me I should work harder, try more new things, and simply achieve more. In those times, with one of them being right now, I have to give my ego a big slap in the face to shock it and shut it up. Then, I regroup and remind myself of everything that I have achieved so far.
This refocuses me, calms me, and gives me the perspective I need. It also makes me feel so fortunate of the life I live and the fact that I get to do things I love everyday. This immediately brings a wave of contentment in – and when it does, I hold onto it tightly.
Another thing that really helps me is looking at inspirational quotes – and really breathing into them mindfully. I know this might sound like a cliche but I trust that the universe sends the right inspiration for me at the right time. Here are some of my favourites I’ve picked up from instagram lately:
“Acceptance: Kiss Your Life. Accept it, just as it is. Today. now. So that those moments of happiness you’re waiting for don’t pass you by.” – Author Unknown
This is just it. Happiness will pass you by if you don’t take a moment to slow down and simply notice what you already have. Accept your life, kiss it, and love it. Because the more you love it, the more things you love will appear into it.
“Everything you want is coming. Relax and let the universe pick up the timing and the way. You just need to trust that what you want is coming, and watch how fast it comes.” – @thisspirituallife
I’m not a particularly religious or spiritual person but I do believe that the universe has your back. I also believe everything happens for a reason, and that you will only be given what you are able to handle at any point in time. Trust that universe and relax into its timing. Whatever is meant to come will come whenever it’s meant to come.
I talk about self love a lot. I think it’s one of the most important things you need to learn, not only for your sake but for the sake of others too. It’s not a natural one for me so I need to work hard at it quite a lot – like you might remember reading in my letter of self love a few months back. Saying that, whenever I do give myself self love, the contentment always follows right behind in. That’s why today I’m committing to one of my favourite acts of self love: sitting on my balcony reading a book with a glass of wine. That is the kind of self love I’m craving right now, one of acceptance and kindness.
With all that said, I’m officially logging off. I’ll be back in September feeling refreshed, reinvigorated, and re-inspired. I can not wait to to reconnect with you then.
Sending you love, light and happiness,