(These are expanded thoughts from an Instagram post in August, 2015.)
Sometimes signs are literally right in front of us...but do we see them?
I snapped this photo at the end of Old Guslander Trail. I was trying to fit my run in between "waves" of kids -- two just heading to High School and Junior High while child number three was still sleeping.
The run, was an all-out-sprint! Not....(breathe).... fun!
This "sign" stopped me in my tracks. Instead of flying by it to make my half-way point, I just "listened" and stopped. I stretched. I took time to see and smell and feel my run. The gravel was dark and moist and the grass bright green from the dew. Max, my trusted running buddy, was soggy and wet and smelled of wet dog. The pine trees were potent too. My legs ached, but in a pretty good way, and I could feel my sweat starting to dry as the warm wind hit my skin.
I wrote in my Instagram post, "Run REAL! Don't just endure your runs." (ugh, the sound of that word, endure, exhausts me just writing it!)
That day, I decided to shorten my run so it would stop stressing me out. I snapped this photo, turned around, and headed home. My day was so much better, thanks to the sign, and thanks to my noticing it!
Today, almost mid-December, I just felt this post was so relevant on so many levels to we women, we Hashimamas.
Are you just enduring December?
Are you noticing the signs of holiday burnout? Kids are starting to get sick, you're feeling a cold coming on. The family is sleeping through morning alarms, meals are neglected, tempers are shorter as the darkness grows longer.
Hey, I'm not calling anyone out here. I'm describing MY home, MY kids, MY temper. And, I'm giving you space to see that if this is you, you are NOT the only one sister! December can be beautiful and magical and lovely, but it can also be stressful and tearful and I just want you to stop for a minute and see the signs. If you are seeing the signs I described above, or the multitude of others, just stop.
Breathe some more.
Now, smile...C'mon you can do this...lift the corners of your mouth...there you go.
Here are some tips to make things a little easier. They are so simple I know you might even think, "Too simple to try,".
SIGNS OF DECEMBER BURNOUT
(yup that's it)
1. BREATHE: Set a Breath Check alarm.
I wrote about this in my newsletter. I set my phone to vibrate every two hours on the quarter hour. Every time I feel or hear the vibration, I stop and breathe.
Three BIG belly breaths. Nobody else will notice, but your body will.
According to Ayurveda, breath is a carrier of Prana, the Energy, that gives life to your body. Doesn't that sound beautiful? When we are stressed how do we breathe? Short, fast, small, chest breaths. Whether you believe in Ayurveda or not, we know the more oxygen we take in with deep breaths, o