As an acupuncturist working with patients, I find that as much as I would like everyone to eat lots of veggies, exercise & think loving and compassionate thoughts, life often gets in the way.
Healthy eating gives way to favorite (not so healthy) comfort foods. Exercise routines get thrown out the window. Struggles we think we have gotten over reappear.
I know this from a personal perspective as well. Since Covid began, I have taken most changes in stride. I adapted to wearing a mask, going out less often, spending time on Zoom. It seemed ok. Then, without much warning, I began to feel overwhelmed. I reached a point where it all just got to me.
Maybe you have felt this way too!
Not quite knowing exactly what to do with feelings of uncertainty, doubt & confusion, I came up with my latest wellness plan.
No time to go to the gym, take a walk around the neighborhood. If walking causes pain or discomfort, do some gentle stretches. If stretching isn’t possible, take a few deep breaths.
Give yourself the time and space to be less than perfect. And in this place of imperfection, do what you can.
The "do what you can" philosophy brought me so much relief. I realized that even when I couldn’t check everything off my to-do list, eat as well as I would like, feel calm and composed, I was still able to do something healing, life affirming, stress reducing.
It didn’t have to be perfect or ideal or a version of some fantasy life I created. It just had to be some small thing presently in reach.
This idea is shaping how I think about the healing path. 'Do what you can" involves feeling compassionate and being present. It’s helping me see how brave we all are just by showing up each day and doing the best that we can.
Take a moment right now, to think of all the “do what you can moments” of the past week. Write them down even if they seem inconsequential. This is an important part of the process. You may be surprised at how well you take care of yourself.
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And, as always, feel free to reach out to me.
With you in spirit,
Bonnie Diamond, Licensed Acupuncturist