What does it actually mean to feel connected to yourself? Well, chances are, we’ll all have slightly different answers about what that looks like for us individually. And that’s okay! After all, part of reconnecting to ourselves is about reclaiming our individuality.
Most importantly when you work on reconnecting to yourself, you’re learning to become more aware about what’s going on inside of you. In a world that’s incredibly stimulating from the outside, our attention is often pulled outward, instead of inward.
Learning how to reconnect with yourself is an inside job, as you learn about your strengths, your weaknesses, your patterns….and yourself.
Let’s be real here, life in general can take a toll on our mental health. It’s an emotional rollercoaster simply being alive, isn’t it? I mean, how easy is it to get caught up in the activities of simple daily living? All of which can pull you away from yourself at your core.
Oftentimes, when we’re detached from ourselves we might feel like we’re going through the motions of the day to day. We might feel numb, or indifferent, rather than emotionally invested in ourselves and our lives.
Again, it’s totally okay if you’re in this boat right now. I’ve been there many times, especially through my fertility process.
The good news is that taking the time to invest and reconnect with yourself is one of the best ways to be present in your life, which allows you to live your life a little more fully.
How To Reconnect With Yourself
This is why I’m sharing a round up of my favorite practice and effective strategies to help you reconnect to your inner self on a more regular basis. What’s even better is that most of these tips are totally free.
Learn how to embrace the art of doing nothing in this post HERE.
The truth is that reconnecting to yourself can be easier said than done sometimes. While most of these strategies are simple in nature, it’s the practice of doing them regularly that can be the challenging part.
Remember, you’re not going to feel like a new person after spending just one day outside, or one day in the gym. You need to keep showing up for yourself in those small ways on a regular basis in order to see the biggest changes.
Spending Time In Nature
My number one tip is always spending time in nature, because there’s so much peace and wisdom to be found here. It’s one of those places where thoughts and feelings just tend to feel really at peace.
Don’t worry, if you live in a place that doesn’t have a ton of nature, even just going to a curated park, or walking around outside in the fresh air can be good enough.
Moving Your Body
There is so much space to reconnect to yourself within loving movement of your body. Moving our bodies forces us to be super present, so that we can focus on what’s happening on a very physical level. This kind of presence helps you to get to know yourself, your limits, and your edges a little more clearly.
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Of course meditation is one of the best ways to reconnect to yourself, because it’s time you get to spend with yourself in a really intimate way. Don’t forget, you can also practice moving meditation, if stillness isn’t your jam.
Honestly, even just closing your eyes and deep breathing for a minute or two can help draw you back into yourself by soothing your nervous system. This is something I love to do when I’m feeling disconnected.
For guided meditations, check out my app with a variety of options.
Taking Social Media Breaks
I know it’s sort of strange for someone who uses social media for work to tell you to take social media breaks, but seriously….take social media breaks.
I take the weekends of just about every single week, and I find that I’m better for it. Not only does this help me connect with the present moment, instead of my phone. But I find that I’m more creative every Monday when I come back to social media, rather than burnt out from being online 7 days a week.
Putting Away Electronics
Electronics can kind of own our lives, right? And, don’t get me wrong, I love technology just as much as the next influencer, because it’s literally given me a career path.
And also, moderation is key.
Take time to go offline, turn off your screens, read instead of watch something, or go for a walk without listening to anything. It can feel like a challenge sometimes, but within that challenge lives growth.
If you’ve been here for awhile, then you know I love to shout my love for the 5 Minute Journal from the rooftops. Truly, this is a practice I’ve been doing for 6 years now. And I still love it just as much as I did from month one.
Especially if you’re newer to journaling, or just don’t want to spend your day writing about your thoughts and feelings- then the 5 Minute Journal is for you, because it’s journaling simplified.
Keep in mind, you can also jot down your gratefuls for free in your Notes app, too.
Like when you eat by practicing intuitive eating, or just taking time to contemplate and think about your choices, patterns, and thoughts.
Mindfulness is all about observing without judgment or attachment. You’re just noticing so that you’re more equipped to take the next right action…rather than a reaction.
Easier said than done, right?
Scheduling Time WIth Yourself
For all my busy bees out there, schedule time with yourself! Stop using the excuse of “I don’t have time for…” fill in the blank.
You have time for that which you prioritize.
If you want to move your body more, then schedule it. Learn more about how to stay motivated to work out HERE.
Or, if you want more time to beautify yourself with nails or hair or skin, then take initiative and schedule it out! You have time for you. Promise.
Seeking Professional Help
There are so many wonderful therapy options to choose from. And what’s even better is that so many of them can be found online nowadays.
Check out this post HERE to learn more about different kinds of therapy today.
Connecting With Friends And Family
Reaching out to friends and family that you trust can be so healing. Yes, even for you, my fellow introverts.
There’s a reason that mental health crashed during the Pandemic, and a lot of it had to do with the lack of socialization and increased isolation that we were living in. We are social creatures, and connection to others can also help us to connect to ourselves.
Try to engage in relationships that fill you up, that challenge you, and that feel safe- rather than spending time pouring into the bottomless well of relationships that suck your time, energy, and soul.
You’re on the path to reconnecting with yourself. And with time, you’ll get there.
Lmk which tip has helped you the most along the way. And, as always, share your own tips for the readers in the comments below!