I’m writing this newsletter after coming off the Zoom call I hosted called “Guided Exploration of Your Health and Wellness.” By the end of the call, I felt more settled. I found myself open to slowing down, which was a welcome feeling. It came at the end of a particularly hectic week because my two sophomores returned to high school in person with a “normal” schedule for the first time in 18 months. It has been a big change for us all.
Many of my clients have been telling me that they are feeling very challenged by all the differing, often strongly held, opinions and information all around them. I identify with the sentiment and I am noticing that there is an excess of information at my fingertips making it impossible for me to adequately process it all. I have had to carefully monitor what I am bringing into my awareness and asking myself “how does it make me feel?”
On the call today I shared that my current mantra is “Stay in your lane, Kate.” When I am picturing a lane, of course, it is a swim lane!! It hurts when I verve off course. Suzanne Scurlock, my good friend and mentor, suggests asking ourselves, “Is this mine to do?” These cues give us back the power to regain calm and focus. It’s so important to check in with ourselves, notice how we feel and what we can do to help ourselves.
With emotions running so high and nervous systems frazzled, another helpful resource is to gather together with like-minded people for connection and support. That was the beauty of “Guided Exploration of Your Health and Wellness” or other support groups. Joining with supportive family and friends is essential, too.
There are other ways to find relaxation and support. My clients who receive Craniosacral Therapy and Healing From the Core feel a slowing down of time and drop into a deep state of relaxation. Because so many of us are experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety, the contrast in states of being is obvious. I feel very fortunate that I get to immerse myself daily in work that is also so nourishing for me too. And I know that it is vital to practice what I preach and have been sitting outside doing a grounding meditation before I begin my workday.
I hope that you can join me for the next Guided Exploration of Your Health and Wellness on Sept. 24. Suzanne Scurlock offers a free weekly Ground and Fill every Tuesday morning at 9 am EST, another wonderful resource to access.
Enjoy the rest of your summer, unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere in which case, the winter!