The blog could easily turn into a book with different examples of setting standards, so I'll just focus on a few and the impact it's having on my life, my body and my day.
Setting standards, what is it? - one could say
For me - it's a simple as picking one area of my life, say for example my diet, I choose to eat gluten and dairy free, so no matter what comes my way, no matter how crap life seems to feel or the stress and pressures of the day, I have set a standard that I won't drop below of eating a gluten and dairy free diet. So that's my standard. Obviously standards can continually deepen and grow.
It was interesting as I was having a conversion with someone recently about their life, work, the job they do, and they had made the choice to not reply to work emails the minute they left their workplace in the evenings. This got me thinking as I can often reply to messages, emails from work, not always work though could be friends family etc, at any time of the day, and to be honest I can often put that first before taking care of myself and what I am doing in that moment, or feel like I have to reply to it straight away.
So I have made the choice that I won't reply to work emails in the evening, unless of course an emergency; that anything that comes in after the time I have chosen, I will, if a reply is needed, reply in the morning, This for me is a standard I've set, one for myself but also for family and relationship time. I can feel the shift in my body with this, there's more solidness and a commitment to setting a standard for myself, but also the reflection to others. I have also set the standard of not going on my phone, internet social media after a certain time of night, this is a new one, as I have noticed how it affects my sleep, it's almost like I am setting myself up to have a dusted sleep.
I could talk about so many areas where we can set standards in our lives, big or small, it's really personal to us and what areas of our life we feel to choose.
But when I set a standard for myself, I feel more solid in my body, claiming myself, my truth, not allowing the world or others to tell me how to be. It's enriching, honouring and empowering to live this way, with no perfection or rules of course, but I feel stronger, more steady and solid in my body.