This guest post is part of the Weeks of Self Blog Series and was written by Carole Ann Rice of Real Coaching Co in the UK. You can read more about her below.
You know how it is – you’ve tried just about everything but nothing’s working. A course of vitamins, the latest self-help book and even a little judicious retail therapy but you are still feeling as flat as a supermodel’s tum. Sometimes a fragrant oily bath or a bit of chocolate mouth-entertainment just doesn’t cut through the feeling that someone out there is living the life you ordered.
We can look to others for some emotional rescue but find the Closed sign up as they can neither see or hear us. Other times a holiday, or something lush to look forward to on the horizon, is enough to drag us through the grey days and the gloom. Still… it all kind of feels like your killing time, sleepwalking or enduring life rather than enjoying it.
I used to work as a feature writer in a newspaper office and the coffee machine used to digitally count down the seconds until a grey cup of mud was dispensed. I remember then thinking it was like some portentous millennium-style clock ticking off moments of my life I wasn’t enjoying and reminding me to shape up and ship out.
These are precious days we will never have again so why are we just crossing them off as though they were something to suffer and then discard until what we perceive as the main event comes into view?
So if life is currently showing up in black and white and you want to switch it back to full Technicolour with wraparound sound you may need to start having a love affair with life. I know this is easier said than done when you feel like a big grey damp duvet is wrapped around you one doesn’t feel flirty or even vaguely interested in Life even when it is wearing tight jeans, crooking it’s finger at you and giving you the cutest “come on” smile.
But one has to coax out that vital feeling by finding things that nourish and restore from the inside out, like a sort of spiritual hot choc and marshmallow totty that will light you up and keep the home fires burning even when you feel like your pilot light’s gone out.
Here are some suggestions I guarantee (oh and I do like a guarantee in life – there are so few) will start to get you plugged in once again to the mellifluous heart beat and rhythm of life and put a Gene Kelly glide in your stride.
Carole Ann Rice is one of the UK's leading life coaches who has literally turned around the lives of countless people. She is regularly featured in newspapers magazines and TV programmes her unique style of life coaching and has produced some phenomenal results. You can connect with her on her website, or through email.