If you follow me on social media, you have probably seen me mention something I call a Back to Basic Day. I’ve posted about it multiple times and thought it was finally time to share it on here, in a little bit more depth.
What is a Back to Basic Day? It isn’t anything fancy or even a quick fix,but I have found when we strip away all the shoulds and must dos out of life we can get back to the basics and find a gentle reset for self. I recommend, a Back to Basic Day when someone has found themselves beginning to feel melancholy, lack of motivation, increased anxiety, healing from illness or injury, major life transition, or simply experiencing an increase of overwhelm.
When we are experiencing any of the things listed above, it can seem almost brutal to try and go about your “normal day” checking things off your to do list. You might even find yourself so frazzled your running circles around yourself not getting anything accomplished or simply frozen unable to do anything except run through worries and to-do lists in your mind.
It is in these moments, that stripping away all these shoulds, musts, and obligations that we can bring a calming focus to what is helpful right now and what do I really need to be doing? The answer is, take care of me.
Simply put, pick 3-4 things that are Basic Needs for you to be able to function and begin to feel better. I always recommend:
A Back to Basic Day is exactly that it is coming back to the basic needs we all have. It is essentially a permission slip to get back to what you need to function. Everything else will wait. I don’t usually recommend doing more that a few days of these in a row. If you are finding that you’re not feeling better after a few days of going back to the basics it is usually an indicator that you need a little bit more support. Reach out to a professional whether it be therapist, physician, or non-diet dietician trained in intuitive eating and disorder eating.
We all can benefit from a Back to Basic Day and grant ourselves gentle loving compassion. We are not all superwomen and men. Life can be wonderful and rewarding while also demanding and hard. The great paradox it seems. Be kind to self and you will be amazed at what you can do.
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