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Yoga Girl Daily - December 6th 2019

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Self-Love, Feel-Good Friday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Today we are practicing the spiritual art of cutting ourselves some slack!

You may not even be aware of the high expectations you put on yourself to accomplish, but here is a truth: you are doing the best you can. Adding pressure only makes you feel like you never do enough.

Today, relieve yourself of that pressure and let go of some of your responsibilities. Ask yourself what are some things you actually don’t have to do right now? Figure them out, and then drop them. Make sure you do it guilt-free, too.

Come Monday, you may find that you are more motivated then you have ever been.


[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Friday! It's Feel-Good Friday today, which means we've made it through an entire work week. It's time for us to transition toward the weekend, so hopefully we're going to do something today that makes us feel really good and that allows us to tap into that weekend energy so we can ride a feel-good wave all weekend long. Today for our feel-good practice, I have less of an actionable physical type of practice the way we normally do our self-care practices on Fridays and more of an energy that I would love for you to invite into your space today and take with you into the weekend. Today I want you to practice the spiritual art of cutting yourself some slack. And trust me when I say that this is actually a practice. Depending on what your life looks like right now, you might not be very aware, or maybe you are aware of this maybe you're not, but most of us, we tend to push through life with very, very, very high expectations on the things that we have to accomplish in a day.

[01:11] The things that we have to set out to do. Many of us, we have long to-do lists, long lists of things that we want to make happen every single day. Maybe you have a family, maybe you have your own business, you're busy, we're all busy. Life moves quickly and especially if you have that added pressure on yourself to do everything perfectly and to make sure that you do everything on your list every day, that you cover every single area. Maybe you have that kind of high pressure on yourself where at the end of every day, no matter how hard you work, you still feel like you didn't really do enough or no matter how hard you push, there's always something left to do at the end of the day. So what I would love for you to invite and make space for today and also continue to make space for all weekend is to literally cut yourself some slack.

[02:00] Here's a truth, and this is a real honest, big, important truth. You are doing the best you can. I want to say that again just in case you need to hear it right now. You are doing the best you can. To the best of your abilities, you're doing the best you can in every area of life, and trust me when I say that this is true, you're doing such a big job already. You're doing such a good job already. Even in the areas you feel like you're lacking, even in the areas you feel like you're failing or the areas where you feel like you can't keep up, this is the best you can do. So constantly thinking that we have to do more or push harder or work faster or do better or be better. It's exhausting and I would love for you to cut yourself some slack right now. If you have that long list of things that you know you have to do can't really clear what's actually important and I mean actually, actually important.

[02:59] What has to happen immediately or life falls apart. Only do those things and maybe recognize that actually the list of things that immediately has to happen or everything falls apart, that's a tiny, tiny, tiny list. Maybe your entire to-do list can actually be postponed till next week. Oh, radical idea I know, but cutting yourself some slack, both in the sense of relieving yourself of some of the pressure of getting everything right. Some of the pressure of covering everything, of doing everything all the time, and also in a sense of actually relieving yourself of some of the actual responsibilities that you have right now. Delegate a little bit, ask for help or better yet put something down. Just choose to not do it. Choose to not do that big thing that you feel like you have to get done immediately and acknowledge the fact that, Hey, if I give myself some space to just enjoy myself today to soften a little bit, to rest a little bit more, to relieve myself of some of that pressure, chances are that come Monday, I'm going to be able to enter the week with more energy and probably more motivation to do what needs to get done without feeling pressured, without there being this kind of heavy sense of energy of I have to get everything right all the time.

[04:15] Because the truth is you don't, it's okay to make mistakes. It's okay to not get everything done. It's okay to soften. It's okay to cut yourself some slack. You are only a human being. So instead of the way we normally would on a Monday, maybe making our lists of the things that have to get done for the week or planning out our week, both in a business sense and from home, I want you to make a different kind of list and I want that list to read: Shit I don't have to do right now or if you want to be a little more appropriate: Things I don't have to do right now. And start writing down things that you felt that you have to get done immediately or things that you've been working on that you have this high kind of pressure around, but that actually aren't the end of the world.

[05:04] If you would just do them another time or not do them at all, that might include you have this idea that you have to clean up your garden or your yard or this idea that the kitchen has to be super clean or this idea that you have to go for a run today or you have to make it to yoga class or you have to do a super special thing for your kid, you know, whatever it is. This idea of high pressure things that you actually don't have to do and then write them down. It's okay if the house is a little messy this weekend, it's okay. It's okay if you don't have all the things baked for your kid's bake sale. It's okay if you don't go for that run. It's okay if you melt into the couch a little bit and just cut yourself some slack and you don't do everything on the list, it's okay.

[05:46] Cut yourself some slack. Trust me when I say that we all deserve to be a little kinder and a little softer toward ourselves, and this is a great energy to begin tapping into today and then fully melt into over the weekend so that you'll feel more motivated to do what has to be done on Monday. So cut yourself some slack. I hope this allows you to feel good, guilt free. Cut yourself some slack, do some things that actually nourish you or just let go and soften and rest. Thank you so much for tuning in today. Yoga Girl Daily will be back on Monday.

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