Here we are, our first Mindset Monday in Level 3!
We survived level 4 and now we are thriving in Level 3 with our flat whites and takeaways, and doesn’t it feel good to have a few nights off cooking and doing the dishes?! On the first day of Level 4 (39 days ago) our hot tap in the kitchen sink stopped working. Since then, we have had to fill up a bowl with hot water from the laundry every time we have needed to do the dishes, waiting for Level 3 to get a plumber… so when I say I was excited to order B-chicken and not have to do the dishes, I say it with tears in my eyes, I nearly kissed the plumber when he turned up (sorry Jared).
Now I know for some people the freedoms that come with Level 3 still do not alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with being under Alert Level restrictions and being able to get a flat white may seem insignificant compared to your bigger concerns. That is where today’s blog post comes in!
Introducing the “Fill your cup!” metaphor!
Have ever heard the sayings “fill your cup”, or “my cup is so full!”, or even “my cup is empty” before?
The fill your cup metaphor refers to replenishing (or fillingup) your physical, mental, and emotional energy.
Now humor me for a second…
Imagine that you have a cup full of water sitting in front of you. The water in that glass represents your physical, mental, and emotional energy. If you drink from your cup by completing activities or tasks that take your energy, or if you give energy to others, the water in the cup is going to go down. If you do not refill your cup, by practicing self-care to increase your energy levels, then eventually your cup will be empty, and you will have no energy to use for important tasks, or to give to anybody else.
During this time, it may feel as though your cup is drained, like there are holes in the bottom of your cup that you cannot plug, and even though you are not actively doing tasks or giving energy away, you may feel like your cup is never completely full.