She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.

Spreading newspapers and pulling out handfuls of goopy seeds are the welcomed precursors to carving a pumpkin.  Next, time will be spent together at a large table, calling dibs on a favored leg or wing to eat while simultaneously someone slowly carves the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

The next two months holds such focus on others: giving presents, cooking and creating New Year’s resolutions to better ourselves, the community and the organizations we believe in.  Carving time in our schedules for ourselves quickly goes by the wayside.

It is easy to schedule a massage or a hair appointment and denote that time as “me time.” Often it is spread out, forgotten or squeezed between errands.

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty; therefore it is best to plan ahead.  This is certainly easier said than done but taking ten minutes right now may save some future meltdowns.

What time do you have for yourself?  Are you able to focus on your needs during your lunch break, evening, or early morning?

What brings you the most happiness?  Is it spending a quiet morning by yourself going for a jog while the rest of the world sleeps? Is it sipping warm tea in the evening and watching a favorite movie?

What do you love about the seasons? Is it the smells? Is it looking at decorations? Is it creating homemade dishes? Singing with friends?

Knowing the answers to these questions can help you adjust your sails during your daily routine and get through times of chaos. 

Finding out who you are and how you handle stress can bring meaning while fighting through the mall crowds. Instead of just crashing or cramming another thing into the hectic schedule, respect your needs in even the smallest of moments.

By a doable and daily engagement of a viewpoint towards meaningful moments will combat and potentially prevent stress.

Here is a WholeBeSM contrived list of ideas that have been effective for myself and others:

  • Taking time once a day to write what I am thankful for by using my Do It Lifestyle tree. An alternative visual may be this gratitude tree.
  • Drinking hot coffee in the quiet morning focusing on my breath;
  • Putting nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon into everything and taking time to enjoy the fragrance it provides;
  • Snuggling under blankets before bed… that is a minimum of 3 blankets;

Enjoy less stress in every season of life!

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