I am sending a seasonal shout out to make sure that you are taking good care of yourselves during this time. For a lot of us, this is a time of long "to-do" lists and rushing around, not to mention any family stressors and national "unrest," shall we say. So, what are you able to take OFF of your list?
One thing that I'm trying to take off of my list is the pressure I put on myself to be overly responsible for too many things, and allow others to help. This is often a challenge for me and yet it's actually liberating to take things off the list! I need my own elves all year long.
I had a small gathering with some ladies by the fire this past week in honor of the Winter Solstice, literally the darkest time of the year and also the beginning of winter. It really is a time nature asks us to go inward, slow down, and rest--though that doesn't happen much for many people it seems. And instead of feeling like I had to "do it all" (hint-- taking things OFF of my list), I asked others to bring things and take the lead as well. It felt relaxing and expansive instead of me thinking of all the things I should have done or cook the perfect whatever, because that's not what it's about.
I think many of you can also relate to this--I would like to leave behind my "lack mentality" (which isn't really true of course). I have put on weight because the stress of "lack" does NOT do a body good and I am helping others work on this as well. Let's knock that one off the list too shall we?
I appreciate my clients tremendously, it's an honor to work with people who are bettering themselves in so many ways. I feel a lot of real joy witnessing incredible feats you thought were "impossible" for yourselves!
As 2016 comes to an end, slow down just enough to focus on a few of your accomplishments for this year and appreciate something fascinating about the body you live in, no matter what.
Here are some ideas that might help you de-stress.
Dancing in Christmas lights
On a night out with a dear friend, this was our PG-13 way of still trespassing (hard-core) and not getting arrested. YES! A fun and therapeutic way to let loose and laugh a lot. Try it yourself. Have a little fun!
Not a dancer?
The artistic process always helps me. Try these 22 Calming Videos For When It's All Too Much. It's all mesmerizing. Click HERE to watch.