I know what you are feeling right now: stress, anxiety, maybe even a little fear. Yes, it’s been one of those weeks. Add the election and media weight onto our regular daily lives and it just might feel … a little overwhelming. You aren’t alone. Circumstantial experiences are stressful, hard to bare on even the best of days. I kind of feel like I’m still shuffling through “transitional grief” from my cross-country move and right this minute, my oldest is mad at me for not taking her to the book fair before it closed early today and so my heart wonders where I went wrong … sigh. If it isn’t one thing piling up on top, it’s another, isn’t it?
And so, I’m here to emphasize something important, something we all need to hear:
It is times like these that we must put our self-care in a place of priority.
Think of it as the universe’s way of reminding you that you’ve been ignoring yourself for too long. It’s time for rest, for renewal, for gentleness.
So, my dearest, close your eyes. Close your eyes and breathe. One deep breath. Then another. Fill your lungs and be grateful for the air. Stretch your arms and shoulders and be grateful for the body that keeps you present. Light a candle and be grateful for the space and place you are in right now. Be mindful. And in that mindfulness, be kind to yourself. Tomorrow is another day.