I remember distinctly,
just a couple of years ago,
when I felt so wrapped up in the stress cycle that I could barely breathe.
That feeling, I'll never forget it.
It still creeps in, but on a much less frequent basis now.
But I'll never forget that incapacitating feeling that would come over me.
The nerves throughout all of my body.
Uncomfortable in my own skin.
I had swallowed that stress whole and it was not digesting in the least bit.
At that time I had an infant and was homeschooling my three older children.
My postpartum was raging,
I was sick with Lyme and trying to get myself on an even keel
and we were desperate to find a home that we could call our own.
The stress was real and ever present.
Pulling myself out of that cycle was a long learning process,
it took a toll on my health,
But these six lessons that I've learned. along with many more,
are those which play a priceless role in living this life that I adore.
- Press the pause button.
When you find yourself in the thick of it, step out.
Pull yourself out of the situation for a breath.
Go outside, in an empty room, the car, the bathroom.
Step out and take a few deep breaths.
It shifts so very much.
- Flip it.
What could possibly be the silver lining to this cloud?
What good will come from this in the long haul?
The huge unexpected bill that teaches you budgeting.
A missed appointment that drills into you to use the calendar.
The flat tire that may have actually protected you from an accident down the road.
A virus that makes you slow down and care for yourself.
In that moment it is so hard to see,
but take that breath and then flip it.
- Be grateful for what you do have.
Find joy in the little things around you.
a warm touch,
a cozy blanket.
- Don't take it personal.
When things go wrong,
a glass breaks,
a car doesn't start,
someone is sulking in their misery,
it's not you.
It has nothing to do with you.
Or nobody at all.
It just happens.
Don't take it personal.
Leave the reactions behind.
Respond. Fix it, leave it, love it,
whatever needs doing,
but leave the drama at the door.
- Take time everyday to unplug and be quiet.
Whether it be through meditation, yoga, walking,
drawing, writing or creating,
take time to be silent.
Preferably take it by candle or twinkle lights.
Allow that silence to sink deep within your bones
and connect to all that is.
Put on music and dance like no one is watching,
run, lift, push, pull, bounce.
Move that body and move it good.
Get it out.
Shake out the anger, the frustration, the anxiety, the depression.
Move it up and out of all of those dark places and fling it out.
You've got this.
This life that we are blessed with is so very precious.
Why waste a single second?
In daydreams and stardust,