"It’s so important to give our mind, body, and soul sustenance so we can put forth the best versions of ourselves."
What Does it Really Mean to Fill Your Cup?
Coming into a new year, filling ourselves up and understanding what this means for us will make all the difference with how effective we will be in 2022. Filling your cup is taking the time to care just as much for yourself as you do for others. It’s so important to give our mind, body, and soul sustenance so we can put forth the best versions of ourselves.
We cannot give what we do not have.
Someone once gave me the metaphor of a cup on a saucer. As we keep pouring into our cup, eventually it will overflow onto the saucer. If we continue to give from inside the cup and not from the overflow, what happens? The cup runs dry. We run dry too.
Implementing Positive Daily Changes
My best advice is to calendar everything that you do. Personal or work-related. Build those physical, mental, and spiritual health time blocks into your day. Mind Over Latte gives great examples on how to sprinkle small changes into your day to give yourself the personal time you really need.
Nourishing Your Body, Mind, & Soul
Take the time to move your body, whatever that means to you. When we feel good about ourselves physically, we feel good mentally. Everything is connected.
- Go for a walk
- Take a yoga class
- Stretch for five minutes
- Go for a bike ride
- Go swimming
The most important thing you can do is give yourself grace. As easy as it may be to forgive others, remember to also forgive yourself of your imperfections. Giving yourself this grace and keeping your mind positively stimulated plays a huge part in your mental health.
- Listen to an inspirational podcast
- Read for fun
- Call a loved one
- Write a journal
- Go for a coffee with a friend
Take quiet time to reflect, meditate, or pray. Think deeply about your day or week. In this new world full of chaos and drama, take the time to be quiet and sit with yourself.
- Meditate for five minutes
- Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths
- Write down what you are grateful for
- Attend prayer service
- Cuddle with your children
Make time to move, be quiet, and give yourself grace. There is power to be found in the silence of your mind; cherish it and fill up your cup in this new year!