“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn
In metaphysics, balance is a point between two opposite forces that is desirable over one state (rigidity) or the other (chaos). Balance is the point that minimizes the negatives of each.
When we experience balance in life, we’re less likely to feel overwhelmed or frustrated. We can work in a flow, content with whatever’s in front of us. We function well in our various roles and navigate surprises with grace. If that’s how you usually operate, good on ya! If it feels too aspirational for where you are these days, you’re not alone. Toss in the holidays, and most of us are reeling in overwhelm. But there’s good news! Easy and accessible tools are available, and most of them don’t cost a thing, which is especially important during this time of extra expenses.
To create inner stillness where there might otherwise be turmoil, utilize techniques that lead to a peaceful sense of calm. Even if you only have 10 minutes amid a chaotic day, try the following quick tips:
- Breathe! Simple, mindful breathing techniques can quickly lower cortisol levels and provide stress relief.
- Exercise. Don’t worry about finding the perfect workout; it’s elusive and can vary from day to day. Just move your body even when you don’t think you have time.
- Be grateful. It sounds cliché, but acknowledging all the gifts in your life, from small to large, can dramatically change your outlook for the better.
- Go outside. There are few remedies as good as fresh air and sunshine! Just a quick walk outdoors works wonders.
When more time is available and you need to head off impending chaos, there are additional steps you can take:
- Make a to-do list for each day of the week. When we prioritize everything we’re juggling, we’re more capable of getting things done on time.
- Stick to a schedule, making top priorities your first focus of each day, including your self-care practices! Just remember to maintain flexible expectations.
- Ask yourself these questions to find clarity and solutions to stressful situations. Carefully examining your triggers can provide awareness of how best to handle them.
- Avoid negativity. Whether it’s coming from you, social media, or the people around you, disengage from talking smack. It’s better for you & others in your life.
- Soak in a hot bath and think of it as a wellness practice instead of an indulgence. The soothing effects of warm water and high-quality bath treatments include diffusing tension in both your body and your mind.
Challenge yourself to love the imperfections in life, embrace the messes, and care for yourself despite the illusion that you just don’t have time. We appreciate you and wish you the happiest and most lovingly balanced holiday season.