Take A Step Forward

If you want to live a meaningful life that also makes a difference in the lives of others, you need to make a difference in your own life first.

Cheryl Richardson

I’m not the best example for self-care. After my running group disbanded several years ago, I stopped running. Then a bout of plantar fasciitis made it painful to walk, and I quit exercising altogether. I gained weight and became stressed. Sleepless nights made me irritable and lethargic during the day, so I didn’t want to exercise. I was caught in an unhealthy cycle.

A Woman Making Strides understands that challenges happen to everyone and takes steps to deal with them. The physical, psychological, and spiritual areas of our lives intertwine, and a step forward in one area helps us move forward in another.

In the situation above, a step forward for my mind might have been to think proactively. I could have run by myself or found a new running group. I might have swam or biked rather than use my sore heel as an excuse. A step forward mentally could have moved me forward physically.

Recently I lost my job, and my mother passed away two weeks later. During the first couple months, I felt like I was in shock. I’m still sad about losing my Mom, and I am out of shape again. But just as one downward step can lead to another, one upward step has momentum, too. I am taking steps to care for myself in each area:

  • Body – Walking 15 minutes a day lifts my mood and eases tension. A site called www.HabitForge.com keeps me motivated. Each day, I must select “Yes I walked today” or “No I didn’t”.
  • Mind – I work with a life coach for support through my slump. She helps me clarify my goals and be proactive.
  • Spirit – I start my day by reading the Bible, specifically passages about the Holy Spirit such as Acts 1-3 and John 14-17.

Sunset-in-the-nature-near-Bergharen-Netherlands-a24489026 by Eus Nieuwenhuizen

These steps help me deal with my recent losses. Moving forward could also include eating healthy meals, reaching out to a counselor, or seeking spiritual guidance.

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What would you like to be different in your life? Will your next step be for the body, mind or spirit? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below.

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About Susan Ekins

Freelance writer and blogger at Women Making Strides. Interested in personal leadership and empowerment. Wanting inspiration and to inspire. Leader in church ministries. Blog: http://www.WomenMakingStrides.com/ Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WomenMakingStrides1
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3 Responses to Take A Step Forward

  1. Peggy Strack says:

    It takes so much courage to recognize you need to change and then to take steps toward it. My big thing is unhealthy eating, but I’m doing better everyday. I find if I eat six servings of fruits or vegetables each day, it sets me on the right course and I’m not hungry for junk food. I found you on Linkedin and am glad I did. ~ Peggy

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  2. snapgrowl says:

    I like to help people with out them knowing that I am.

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