Our schedules get crazy this time of year. I love getting together with friends and hosting parties. Like you, I have purchased gifts that needed to be wrapped and shipped, and I always do some baking. All of it is great but is on top of a normal work week and calendar. Normal life doesn’t stop for the holidays! In fact, I find errands take twice as long this time of year due to longer lines and traffic. The chaos of the holidays reminds us of the importance of carving out quiet time each day.
Yoga is one way to decompress and breathe. Another is getting out in nature. I must say, I was not a fan of running most of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I have been running my entire life, but I did it for the benefits and results, not the enjoyment. I don’t know when it happened exactly, but I realized the other day trail running that I love it!
One of the main reasons I like to run is the solitude and quiet. As much as teaching fitness classes is fun, it requires a lot of me, my body, and my brain! Out on the trail, I can check everything out and just “go.” Like hiking, I find I hear God more when out in nature alone. I suspect my mind is truly quieted, and all I am concentrating on is breathing in and out…and not tripping or falling! I’m a sponge, and I often get creative ideas and solutions from my time outdoors.
You may not be a runner, but I encourage you to get out in nature as often as you can. Do you like to walk, hike, or bike ride? Do it! The fresh air and sunshine will do your spirit some good! Carve out quiet time in your week to meditate and “just be.” This is so important for our mental well being that I cannot stress it enough.
When we fill up every single minute of every day, we have zero space and no margin for error. This creates MORE stress in our lives. If you find yourself constantly running late and frazzled, you need to slow down a bit. Accidents occur when we are pushing the red line without recovery.
Life will always require us to push hard at times, but we need to rest and rejuvenate. Burnout is real, and it can happen to anyone, working or retired! Burnout affects everyone around us, too. We become irritable, grumpy Scrooges! Even though you may feel you don’t have the time to sit and be quiet, by doing so, you will actually be more productive, calm, and happy.
My book, A Healthier, Happier You provides 101 ways to lessen your stress, slow down, and create more balance in your life. It makes a great stocking stuffer, so get a copy or two today!