Looking for an Escape

Some of you may instantly be able to relate to this and some may not understand this too well, but I felt it was an important topic to cover and one that has touched me personally. I have anxiety and have had it my whole life, it affects me greatly from my job to my relationships and something that I am constantly working on.

When things get overwhelming, it’s like an instant response to want to flee and escape. Yes, it may help us temporarily, but it will only harm us in the long run. We may change jobs, move far away, change our lifestyle, but our inner self remains the same and therefore we can never truly run from what we are trying to escape from.

When caught in something emotionally draining or anxiety-provoking it makes sense to want to remove yourself from that stimulus. The hard part, but the necessary part is to face the issue and try to remedy it and learn from it. Running away will temporarily relieve us, but if we never face it, or not try to resolve it, the issue at hand will follow us. You may have heard the saying that basically states that life is a test and that what we do not “pass” we will be presented with over and over again until we can learn to master it.

As hard as it is, try to sit back and focus on what the issue could be telling you, what message is it sending you, and how you can try to resolve the issue at hand. By no means will this be easy, but in the long run will be very beneficial to you!

Your Energy is Precious

When you are with other people they omit certain levels of energy that you can almost feel. You get good vibes from some and negative vibes from others. Your intuition is letting you know who may not be associating with you for the right reasons. We ourselves have energy, every living thing has energy and although we feel like we are unstoppable and without limits, we can so easily crash and burn if we do not protect our energy.

Many things in our lives consume our energy. Our daily routines, jobs, relationships, we are constantly putting out pieces of ourselves. Our lives require constant attention from us. We must decide where to divide our energy. It is so important not to head towards a breakdown, we can prevent that by making sure to take time out for ourselves to regroup and refresh. We also have to be careful who we allow in our lives because people can drain us of energy very quickly.

By default, many of us naturally want to be there for others, sometimes it’s as almost if we take on their problems. We want to help them and we will do anything in our power to be there for our loved ones. Sometimes, when this is prolonged, you can start to feel very drained and to a point resentful to the person who has drained you of your energy. We can only take care of others if we take care of ourselves. Be good to others and take care of each other, but also remember to guard your energy, for it is finite!

How to Keep the Holidays Special During a Pandemic

This year presents a new challenge as we get ready to celebrate the holidays. We have to take extra precautions to keep everyone safe, this may mean not visiting family, not traveling this year, not hosting holiday parties, etc. Even though the holidays will look very different this year, we can still make it very special!

There are several things that this pandemic can’t take away from us, we can still enjoy decorating, putting our tree up, cooking and baking, holiday crafts, watching holiday movies, talking with loved ones virtually. We can still keep a lot of our traditions alive amongst the chaos.

My hope for you is that you can enjoy the holidays this year and think of all of the things that you are grateful for. Lift your spirits by doing some of your all- time favorite holiday traditions!

Tree Decorating

There are so many things that bring excitement to the holidays and tree decorating is at the top of my list. We traditionally put our Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving every year, that way we have almost a month to enjoy it before Christmas is here! I have such fond memories of decorating the tree as a child, we would string lights and add tinsel and ornaments. There’s something so magical about being cozy on the couch under a blanket and watching the lights on the tree.

When do you put your Christmas tree up? Do you have a real or an artificial tree? I hope you all are well and are enjoying the festivities of the holiday season!

Snow Day Ideas

Winter is upon us and we are about to get into some of the coldest and snowiest months of the year. For many of us this means lots of shoveling and days off of work and school. When large blizzards hit that can mean days to a week inside, read on for some ideas of what to do on your snow days off, I’ve also included a mix of things for little ones as well!

  • Cook/bake holiday treats
  • Make holiday crafts
  • Make an igloo
  • Decorate for the holidays
  • Clean up and organize
  • Draw or journal
  • Build a snowman
  • Make some holiday drinks
  • Offer to help neighbors shovel
  • Catch up on favorite shows
  • Do some self-reflection
  • Self-care
  • Watch holiday movies
  • Relax and enjoy the downtime