Has someone ever told you to “just relax” when you’re in the middle of a stressful situation, and you thought to yourself, “Well, that’s easy for you to say!”
Relaxation actually isn’t easy (and doesn’t come naturally) for many of us. It’s hard not to get caught up in worry during our fast-paced, time-crunched days, whether from work deadlines, financial worries, or feeling like we don’t have enough quality time for family and friends — or for ourselves and our favourite activities.
Even on vacation, have you noticed that it can take a few days to unwind? Learning how to rest is a little like learning meditation, a new workout — or taking a vacation, for that matter: we can’t just do it once or twice a year and expect it to work miracles! To get better at rest takes practice.
This month our intention is Rest. We can think of no better time than December to mindfully balance out the busiest time of the year with some intentional calm.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be exploring the science of sleep, along with relaxation techniques and strategies to help us consciously rest the body and mind on a regular basis. We want to make sure this holiday season is truly merry and bright.
Week 4: Rebalance and Reconnect
2021 — we did it! Hard to believe we’re calling it wraps on a year that was a rollercoaster for many. But we’ve pulled through and we’re so grateful to have had you all along for the ride. Thank you so much for being here, whether you’ve been reading for months or are just stopping by. We are so grateful for this smart, funny, warm community.
This past year has undoubtedly taught us so much about ourselves, as well those with whom we’ve spent an extended amount of time. (This year, for example, I learned that as much as I enjoy my alone time, I really really missed spending aimless hours with a friend).
We also learned all kinds of new ways and habits to instill Self Love into our lives. And you’ve taught us that as well. As a year end wrap up we compiled our favourite comments on what self love looks like to you. What an absolute treat! And please feel free to add your own.
Said more “yes” to good things and “no” to negative things — Emily
Started therapy! — Nidia
Actively made an effort for a nightly routine that gave me peace and rest — Mary
Finding exercise I really enjoyed and sticking with it — Em
Acceptance and acknowledgment — Lindsay