"March: In like a lion, out like a lamb."
I thought of this cliche about a week or so ago in reference to the weather as we do each year. I marveled at how pleasant the first week-ish of the month felt: sunshine, mild temps, the snow melting. As I write this to you today, I know that March has come in like a lion just in a different way, and it won't go out like a lamb. The thoughts and feelings I am hearing from people in my life and reading/hearing in the media can definitely cause us to feel panic, fear, frustration, sadness. We can suddenly feel less in control of our lives than we ever have before. Our routines and lives will be impacted if they haven't already. Trying to prepare for that is a challenge to say the least. I was fortunate to have an amazing conversation with one of my clients the other day about her thoughts in terms of what her life may look like for the near future. She said she was feeling trapped and was only thinking about all the events/places/people she would miss. She felt a sense of loneliness and loss and thought only of what she couldn't have. She then realized that in times such as these when we are pummeled with talk of all the things we cannot do, places we cannot go, and people we cannot see, there is something else. Let's think about it this way: we have room...space...opportunity. We spend the majority of our lives so BUSY with going to work, taking the kids here and there, caring for others, and when we aren't actively doing those things, we are thinking of all those things we SHOULD be doing! Our stress levels tick up and our sleep, emotions, and overall health tick down. We long for the days when we didn't have all those responsibilities. A time when we could spend time doing the things that we wanted to do, that we enjoyed doing, that relaxed us, that was just for us. Our perspective is our reality. Our thoughts and feelings create that perspective, which ultimately is our reality. What if we take this time to rediscover and uncover those activities in our lives that we left long ago when we couldn't wait to become adults. What would that be for you? Most of us can't answer that question very quickly or with a variety of ideas. When I was young, I loved to listen to music and dance in my room, bake, read voraciously, play with new hairstyles, try new makeup ideas, write poetry, embroider, draw, go for long walks... Now, I also love working with incredible people who call me their Nutrition Coach. There is the rub, we talk about so many other things, one of them being this concept of finding ourselves again and what we can do to receive stress and THRIVE in our lives again.
What have you got to lose?
Again: think about it this way: we have room...space...opportunity.
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