It is suddenly winter here in Southern Vermont! But only a little. It snowed. It stuck. It’s official. (So what if it was gone the next day?) 😉
The day before the forecast I realized that I needed to finish up some projects that I have been procrastinating on since the lazy, hazy summer was still lingering. Most glaringly: lawn debris! Walking back from the mailbox, and with the forecast looming in my mind, I said to myself “OK! Real talk time: this stuff could be buried under a foot (I exaggerate in my mind… Don’t we all?) of snow and ice tomorrow! I need to kick it into high gear! It’s time to ride that autumn wave of productivity and clean up my yard, and house before winter is fully here and all I want to do is curl up in my house/cave!!!”
It is time to pull out that dusty to-do list, and scratch off a few stragglers so that the holidays and the winter months may pass peacefully. Aren’t you getting the urge to snuggle up on the couch with a good book and a cup of cocoa just about every day now?! Before you hunker down for good, get some final housekeeping (literal and figurative) done, and you’ll lift a weight off of your shoulders.
get ready to relax!
Hurry UP! And then, slow down.
I know I will!
1. make a to-do list
2. complete a few tasks
3. get the ball rolling on a few more tasks that will take time and other forces to come to completion
4. feel great about tackling those tasks!
Wishing you all the motivation, celebration and peace possible! I’m rooting for you!
On top of this mountain, when a quick storm rolled in, I panicked. I was alone, without food or shelter, and running low on water. I had gone hiking on a whim and had not told anyone where I was going. I took a deep breath and decided to head down the mountain at a slightly quicker than leisurely pace. But a short time ago in human history, I would not have panicked. I would have been used to enduring the elements and weathering the storm. The anxiety that kicked in was my body’s natural response to a scary situation: the fight-or-flight response. But a wild human would not have that reaction to a mere thundershower. That response would be reserved for real, life-threatening danger. For many of us, our fight-or-flight response needs to be re-calibrated. Read my post about weathering the emotional storm here. And be well.
This hike is a short and rewarding one in Dummerston, VT. For more on hiking Vermont check out http://www.voga.org/hiking.htm
In modern times, it has become commonplace to refer to a variety of emotional and physical conditions with the blanket term “stress”. People will often use the excuse “I’m stressed out” to mean “I am physically ill with panic and anxiety” or “I am so depressed I can hardly function” or simply, “I have over-scheduled myself”. There are so many common conditions that range from mild to deadly serious that relate to emotion health. In American society, we have put too much emphasis on productivity, and have connected being overly productive to being successful and even popular. An imbalance is highly likely to occur when we chronically over-work ourselves and do not take the time to reflect and process our emotions. Because our society in general views mental health problems as abnormal and undesired, people experiencing emotional issues are likely to keep them to themselves, become isolated, and exacerbate the problem. There are probably many high functioning people with anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders or a similar condition in your life right now. Maybe you quietly suffer yourself.
Today I will present some tips on how to “weather the storm” and regain balance if you are suffering from an emotional health issue. I have found these practices helpful for my own battles with anxiety, depression and PTSD. I hope they will help you no matter what your situation. Continue reading