Are You Feeling “Dry” or Burned Out

Published On: August 1st, 2022

Self-care is essential to sustain any growth; without it, we will begin to feel burned out and even lifeless and “dry.”

By the time August comes around in North Carolina, USA, the sun has taken its toll on the grass and flowers.  Unless there is a rain storm or sprinkler system, everything can wither and even die.  The once expanding blooms and green lawns become arid and dry.

This can happen to us as well. 

At Survivors to Thrivers, we have been celebrating the four seasons and the things that are ripening and blooming within us this summer season. AND, we must be intentional about keeping ourselves well-watered so that we can sustain our blossoming selves.

Sometimes the environment around us provides the needed nurturing, but other times, we have to take it upon ourselves to do the “watering.”

What sources of nurturing and watering do you see in your life?

Recently, I was skipping some of my self-care practices.

  • I was not exercising in the morning.
  • I short-cut my meditation time.
  • I had not taken the time to journal or reflect.

The result?  I found myself without energy and I felt arid and dry inside.  I became more susceptible to sadness around negative events happening in my life because I was not taking care of myself physically, emotionally and spiritually.  When this happens, there is a mind-fog that clouds my perspective.

Does this sound familiar?  Have you found yourself in times where lack of self-care has impacted your ability to be your best self, your bright self?

I have two Peace Lilies in my house, and I know when I have not been attentive because they wilt terribly.  And yet, one can of water brings them back to life within hours.  Other plants, like my orchid, are less forgiving and need to be tended to more carefully and may give up on me as a caregiver.

Here are some questions to ponder:

  • Do you feel like the Peace Lily right now, just needing some water to bounce back, or are you like the orchid needing more daily tender loving care?
  • How are your “roots?” Have they grown deep and wide to allow you to sustain yourself even when nourishment is not coming from around you?
  • Have any “vines” taken over your flower bed? These vines often arrive slowly, undetected but once they take hold, they can overwhelm the delicate flowers they surround.  Also, the longer they are allowed to co-exist, the stronger and thornier they become.

On the fifteenth of the month, we will explore how well you are nurturing your garden and what vines and weeds may need to be extracted to allow the beauty to thrive.

Keep nurturing your blossoming self!  Tambry

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