Feeling a Bit Like Eeyore These Days

This post should’ve been written two days ago. This post should’ve been published five hours ago. This post is meant to be inspiring, supportive, and motivating. This week, this post has missed all those marks.

As I’ve shared briefly through some recent notes, life has been challenging, to say the least. Best laid plans and all of that…  It’s difficult to have some rugs pulled out from under you, but it’s compounded when you’re a coach whose job it is to uplift and help people get out of their own way. eeyore

I’m sure part of this is the February slump. It’s a tough month every year, but I always forget how it feels until it’s here.

I was talking with a client this morning who suggested we follow the Chinese New Year calendar and treat February as the start. As it is now, everyone is all gung-ho in January — the promise of a clean slate with high expectations. Then February comes and we realize what little progress we’ve made on those dreams.

I’m totally on board with this idea. Let’s treat January as the holiday recovery month, and let February kick off the New Year. Maybe then, this month wouldn’t feel so shitty.

In the meantime, I’m going to try and re-frame my relationship with February. At first, I thought, “Yeah, I’ll make February my bitch!” then I came to my senses and decided to make it my friend instead.

Here’s how I intend to do that:

  1. Meditate for at least 10 minutes a day.
  2. Get back to writing in my gratitude journal each night before bed.
  3. Take a walk in nature, at least, two times per week.
  4. Cook, at least, two dinners per week.
  5. Be present, honest, and vulnerable as I walk the journey back to health with my Weight Loss from the Inside Out students.

If you’re feeling the February slump, too, what can you do to give yourself some extra love right now? Chat with me in the comments below.

In the meantime, I’ll be sending you lots of love and wishes of a care-filled February.

Photo credit: JD Hancock via Visual Hunt / CC BY
5 replies
  1. Mary
    Mary says:

    Hi Kerri,

    I know how it sucks to be in an emotional slump. As we all have experienced life happening when we are making other plans. Feel free to reach out for support.

    One of my go to affirmations from Louise Hay is when I get hit with a major disappointment or major contrast is:

    All is well
    Everything is working out for my highest good
    Out of this situation only good can come
    I am safe

    When i repeat this affirmation over and over again, it has really shifted me.

    Take Care,
    Mary

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  2. Bruce Kohl
    Bruce Kohl says:

    LOVE the Chinese New Year idea! Staring over, whether in a moment, a day, a month… it is the seed from which all else grows. I also like your short-list of Feb. re-framing. SO stealing that. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Kim
    Kim says:

    Hi Kerri,
    Love this. Yes, I love the idea of February being the start but really maybe this is just an ongoing challenge and we need to re-assess our lives all the time. I am really struggling with goals for myself too and love your short list. I am in a new relationship and my life has totally changed. I love the idea of weekly goals. 🙂 thanks for the inspiration

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    • Kerri
      Kerri says:

      Thanks, Kim. You’re absolutely right — Life is a constant reevaluation, tweaking, fine-tuning experiment. When we can surrender to the experiment, just showing up to as much as we can, we are much more peaceful. And those weekly goals are a great tool to help you do just that. Thanks for joining the conversation.

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