I’d say the holiday season is upon us...Halloween just passed, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the Winter Holiday season after that.
A time of stress for many and joy for others. Or, maybe a combination of stress and joy? (because yes, both can exist at the same time)
As you move into this season, I invite you to pay attention to your body’s signals.
When you think about the holidays, does your jaw clench, neck and shoulders tense up, heart race, and stomach get jumbled up in knots?
Or, do your shoulders relax as holiday songs drift through your mind, heart lightens up, breathing gets easier, and you’re overcome with a sense of peace and joy?
There’s no right or wrong of how you “should” be feeling and how your body “should” be responding right now. I just want you to start to tune in…
You see, your body is always sending you signals. It can be easy, especially during the holiday season, to drown those signals by overworking, overeating, and overdrinking. But, I invite you to try something different this time.
Notice your body’s signals and get curious. What’s your body trying to tell you? That you’re stressed, worried, nervous, happy, or excited?
And then, empowered with this awareness and information, you can make a conscious choice to continue the same pattern of drowning it out with overindulgence, or choose differently this time…
Here are a few ways to manage those hard, uncomfortable signals:
This process of tuning into your body’s signals and choosing to respond differently can be hard. That’s why, in addition to the tips I’ve already shared here, I’ve set aside time in my schedule to chat with you 1-1.
If you want to approach this holiday season differently than you’ve done in the past, armed with tools to flow through the season with grace and ease, then let’s chat.
Just because things feel hard right now, doesn’t mean that you’re a failure. It’s not a reflection of you. Can you acknowledge and honor that maybe this is just a difficult season of life for you?
You can’t hold yourself up to the same expectations of “getting things done” as when things are going smoothly and great.
Life is a constant dance…
...between faith and fear, coming and going, giving and receiving, expanding and contracting.
It’s ok if things feel hard right now. But, please my friend, don’t make it harder on yourself with self-judgement and criticism.
Give yourself grace. Allow yourself to rest. And, know that the things that absolutely need to get done will get done.
And, if you’re looking for more support, let’s chat. I have time set aside on my calendar specifically to chat with you. No pitch, gimmick, or hidden agenda. Just my little way of offering you greater clarity, a space for self-compassion, and practical tools to help you move forward.
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We’re a year and a half into this pandemic and, if at some point over this past year and a half, you haven’t felt burnout, then I want YOUR secret!...
The truth is this has been exhausting, draining, and completely nerve-wracking. Mixed messages. Polarizing opinions. Being pushed to your edge at work while navigating school and activities for your kids…
It’s enough to drive the best of us crazy!
But, here’s the thing…
These moments that push you to your edge are here for a reason. There’s always something more to learn, grow, or lean into. These moments force you to dive deeper into living in alignment with what’s most important to you and letting go of the rest.
It can be hard though. It’s hard to let go of things that you once thought were important and open yourself up to the uncertainty of a new way of doing things.
But, there’s also freedom in it…
A freedom of releasing yourself from the push and pull, tug of war of what you actually need to do versus what you think is expected of you. Of being ok with saying “no” to invitations and opportunities that don’t align with you, leaving space open for those “heck yeah” moments and opportunities that make life feel juicy, sweet, and beautiful!...
I’m leading a free training tomorrow where I’ll give you 3 Steps to go from Burned Out to Restored Radiance.
In this training, you’ll learn how to:
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There I said it.
Even me, a self-care, resiliency, wellness guide and physician who's always looking on the bright side has hard days. In this case, a hard month.
Without getting into all the details, it was a month of tremendous loss and grieving. Of feeling all those super hard, big emotions that make you think about existential things like the meaning of life.
I talk about living radiantly all the time, right? That's my whole thing. And now, I'm going to let you in on a secret....
I didn't learn how to live radiantly because my life was perfect. It was through these tough moments that brought tears to my eyes, tested my strength, and forced me to dig deep. Those are the moments that taught me how to live radiantly.
So, if you're going through a tough time right now, I want you to know that:
Literally, the word emotion comes from the Latin "emovere," which means to move out.
Don't hold your feelings in.
Let them flow through you in whatever way feels right. Here are some examples of how you can do that:
I have space set aside on my calendar just for conversations like this. First let me know what's going on and what areas you're looking for support by filling out this form. After that, you'll get a link to schedule a chat.
If you'd rather have the support of a group, then my Reclaim Your Radiance program is for you. We'll meet weekly and you'll learn time-tested tools to get you through this tough time and back to feeling like yourself again.
My family and I were on vacation in a small town on the 2nd largest island in Fiji (pre-pandemic!). My brother went out for a run on a dirt road past the tiny airport that consisted of a small shed and 2 employees. A car drove past him, and the driver yelled out, "Do you need a ride?" Because really, what other reason would you have to run on a remote tropical island than being in a hurry to get somewhere???
As a runner myself, this story had me rolling on the floor laughing!
In so many parts of the world, exercise as we know it, doesn't exist. People don't go for runs just for fun. Or, hit the gym for strength training. It's not
something they make an extra effort to do.
Movement is part of their lifestyle. Their day to day. They walk to their neighbor's house for a cup of tea. Or, down to the village market to get groceries. Or, they sit on the floor to eat, and so they go from a seated to standing position throughout the day.
Then why do we, in the West, put so much pressure on ourselves to "exercise?"
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Movement is important. You need to engage your muscles to build strength and prevent atrophy. Movement keeps your heart healthy and your circulation strong. It increases endorphins and makes you feel good.
So, yes, you need movement.
But, you don't need to stress yourself out over going to the gym or running for an hour a day.
All you need to do is move.
Here's something I want you to try this week:
When you're working from home, set a timer for 25 minutes. This is your time to work. When the timer goes off, stand up and reset your timer for 5 minutes. During those 5 minutes, move. Walk to the kitchen and make a cup of tea. Or, do a set of squats or lunges. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you get up and move.
This is the Pomodoro Method and it's something I've been doing for the past year. It's a great way to add movement to your day. These breaks also help you stay focused and more attentive during the times that you’re working.
I've found its even helped me keep my house clean! I often use those 5-minute breaks to wash dishes or fold laundry. Win-Win!!
Here's a quote from an article I read recently:
"Just getting up every once in a while, every 10 minutes or so — just to go to the bathroom or pet your dog or make yourself a cup of tea — even though you're not spending a lot of energy, you're turning on your muscles."
So, stop making yourself feel guilty for not hitting the gym, or taking that spin class. All you need to do is move!
Now, you might be saying, "That's great for you, Sheetal, but you don't understand how crazy my schedule is!"
I get it. I'm a doctor and solopreneur. I know the challenges of fitting it all in and finding joy and happiness somewhere in the middle of all that!
If I can do it, I know you can too.
Let's hop on a call and figure this out. I'll help you come up with small, consistent actions that fit your schedule. We'll shed light on habits and routines that'll give you more energy, radiance, and joy.
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