don’t let your own reflection scare you

don’t let your own reflection scare you

Post-vacation depression. You all know what I’m talking about. You return home from a good vacation and even though you may be happy to be home, you may feel a little gloomy. Something’s missing. You are unsure of what to do with yourself.

A few days ago I returned home after two weeks. I’ve noticed how quiet my house is, like I can hear every creak in every wall. It’s a strange feeling, not constantly being around forty people anymore.

It always takes me a few days to recuperate from a vacation. To settle back into my home again. But i also have noticed that I usually try to fight the inclination to take it easy. My mom refers to this as “burning the candle at both ends.” It’s when you are go, go, go, but you don’t give yourself a chance to relax.

What I’ve come to understand is that there’s no reason to resist some downtime after a trip (or anytime, really). Sometimes, you just need time to think and regain your momentum.

Reflecting has come to be one of my most powerful tools. I have more journals than I can count.  Whenever I need to digest my thoughts or be by myself, I just write and write and write. I write about my day, my month, my year. I write down my goals. I write down my favorite quotes. I write letters. You may find that having time to yourself gives you a new found perspective and a  sense of ease and comfort.

Sometimes we push to always surround ourselves with others. And maybe that’s because we are afraid of looking in the mirror.

I believe that before reaching outwards, we need to discover what is within. Get to know yourself. You are the one person you can never part from, no matter how hard you try. You could spend your whole life getting in your own way when you could be working to understand yourself. Love comes from a place of understanding. And who more important to love than yourself?’

I like to be busy, to always be doing something. And I love being around people. But to do this, I’ve found that I need to slow down at times. To recover. To reconnect to myself. As a runner, I know this is a necessity. You cannot possibly maintain a high level of training without giving your body the rest that it deserves. It simply won’t work to its fullest capacity. Neglecting your body, whether that be by pushing yourself too hard or not sleeping enough, is when injury and illness plague. Reflection is an important tactic for regaining strength. It’s also an empowering way to get to know yourself. I’ve learned that having time to myself is the way I can recenter myself and recharge.

My advice: look in the mirror with confidence and admire that beautiful reflection!

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