One of the best parts about starting Goat of the Day is that my friends living in different parts of the world sometimes send me pictures of goats they encounter during their adventures. My friend Lena sent me a photograph of this goat in France on an island called Noirmoutier near a chévrerie where goat cheese is made. Although only bound to the pasture by a single rope, this goat was content where she was. Take a moment to find contentment exactly where you are – and remember a boundary is only as firm as you want it to be.
If you find yourself overwhelmed, take a moment to check in, relax, and just breathe. Find a comfortable seat, close your eyes and listen to your breathe and let the moment pass. Summer can be lovely, but it can also be super busy, so make sure to look after yourself amidst the holiday adventures.
Sometimes life can be really difficult and it can feel very unfair. By no means am I an expert in how to handle every challenge, complication or adversity that we encounter throughout our lives. However, even in the darkest of hours, perhaps when it is time to say goodbye to an ideal or a dream or a reality that must end or will never be, there are always glimmers of hope, like streetlights shining on puddles in potholes. For example, tiny, baby goats.
The best experiences I have had are when I have allowed myself to let the odd bits shine out. It is hard to be vulnerable sometimes, and so often we are wrapped up in perceived competitions or over-worried about acceptance that the face we show the world isn’t really our own, but a face we think the word wants to see. Perhaps consider letting that shit go and just showing the world your face every now and then. It might lead to something wonderful.
Nothing is ever or will ever be perfect, no matter how hard you try or how hard you work. That doesn’t mean working and trying isn’t worth it, absolutely it is! Although your creation may not be perfect, the more you put in the more glorious it will be.
Looking around it may seem like some people just have it better than you. They may appear to be more accomplished, have more things or even enjoy more happiness than you do. Judging yourself against the lives of others only harms you. You never know what cobwebs might be hanging behind someone’s gleaming smile or job promotion. Everyone struggles, everyone has their own stories to tell, and comparing yourself to what might appear to be brighter, bigger or better than you is completely unproductive. Be proud of yourself, your story and your accomplishments AND have joy for others, knowing that you will never know their full story. Everyone deserves contentment, give yourself the gift of liberating yourself of jealousy and comparison.
Never leave for tomorrow what could be done today is usually a sage piece of advice; however, once in awhile, it is ok to leave the sink with some dishes, the floor with some laundry, or boring chores for the next day if something more pressing comes up first. That can even include allowing yourself adequate rest!
Spend some time this holiday weekend outdoors. The weather is lovely a sunshine is good for your physical and mental health – plus, at least in the UK and US, it’s a long weekend! Enjoy the time, you deserve a break and some fun!
Sometimes, the world is a very challenging place. Make sure to be extra kind to yourself when the going gets tough.
Stress can have a major impact on your physical health as well as your mental health. In addition to anxiety, stress can cause heart problems, stomach problems, and leads to a host of other issues such as social withdrawal and sleep deprivation. How to cope? I am still figuring that out, but one start is to enjoy some sunshine. It is perfectly acceptable to take some time for yourself and literally do nothing. However, if you find that stress is over taking your life, the absolute best thing to do is to ask for help, from a friend, family member or professional.