After doing a little estimating, I realized I’ve had at least 6,000 appointments (thousands of people) for wellness appointments (massage, reiki, meditation, self care classes) over the past 10 years. Every single one of them comes in with some type of stress, even if they’re coming in for injuries or chronic pain.
So many lives and stories all pointing back to one thing: stress.
Stress does not necessarily mean something bad either. Some have stress from happy events or even things they enjoy doing regularly.
So… are you taking time to just Be? Are you taking time to do nothing? I know. Many people prickle at the thought of doing nothing: they think it may be lazy, unproductive, or even boring. I’m not talking about days on end. I’m talking about an afternoon, an hour or even 5 minutes of actually breathing. Listening to your breath travel through your nose and down into your lungs- one of the things that keep you alive.
I’m also talking about putting time aside for that thing you enjoy doing but causes you stress because you’ve crammed it into an already too-packed schedule.
I know, some say “no time! No privacy”. Take your kids to the swings in a park. Sit by a tree for 5 minutes. Go to the bathroom and lock the door for 10 minutes.
Ask for help.
I have to ask for help too.
Now take a deep breath.