1) living in crisis mode.
that's right. freak out mode. we all do it. many of us have started to equate it with being a responsible human being (see below). when we operate in fight or flight mode, our bodies remain tense and can't heal. instead we take on emotion and stress that our body tables for later to deal with, and store it in our bodies. breathe. slow down. take walk, even for five minutes. you'll sleep better, deal better, and feel better.
2) equating self care with being irresponsible.
or the reverse, equating "real life" with stress. this is a no. this is where boundaries and self-value come in handy. when you value yourself, your time, and your well-being, it's easier to tell the world it can wait a second while you tend to your own garden. it also helps with the side-eye you might get from others who do equate self-care with irresponsibility. remember, their lack of self care is not your problem or responsibility. you do you. being well is a decision we make, not a privilege we have to earn.
3) waiting for permission.
you don't need permission to take care of yourself. in fact, nothing you do is up to anyone else. sometimes taking care of yourself and doing you means doing your work - following your calling. I love this letter, in response to a plea for advice, acceptance, and permission from a young writer...
this relates to will - the fire in your belly. nobody is going to give you permission. to write your novel, to go traveling, to ask that girl out, to quit your job, to start your business, to become a painter. and it doesn't matter. because, again, what you do is not up to anyone but you.
permission to strengthen, permission to soften. to go after it or sit down and take a rest. you have your own go ahead. now do your thing.
4) mistaking cynicism for practicality.
bleh. I have a particular level of disdain for this one. I'm all for practicality. I could often use more of it in my life. but to me, cynicism has that pessimistic, if not bitter edge that strikes me as practicality laced with fear. and fear is useful for alerting us - which is good for paying attention. but living in it is not so bueno - and sends us back up to #1 - fight or flight crisis mode. which can be paralyzing for body, spirit, and hope. it also undermines groundedness and self-value. however hippy dippy it sounds, I believe we need idealism, optimism, and hope to be well. we can be both practical and be well at the same time. no need for cynicism.
5) ignoring your inner voice.
this is a big one. we've finally reached intuition...the third eye chakra. sounds a little nutty, perhaps, but is actually pretty simple. intuition is real, and it gets stronger the more you listen to it. try running a test for a week, or even a day. trust your intuition in the decisions you make, and consciously watch the outcomes. watch the outcomes for the times you go against your intuition. it's powerful in business, relationships, and life in general. and if you practice with the small decisions, it'll be easier to figure out what your intuition is saying about bigger decisions. this doesn't mean abandon rationality - it just means pay attention. it'll also clue you into your real needs and desires. check in with your inner truth. if you're listening, it's likely #1-4 will get a lot easier.