So it looks like spring may finally be on its way. We've had a cold and wet winter this year which was welcome to many but was also possibly a bit trying to those who enjoy the usual mild and sunny Southern California winters. Weather can so often have an impact on our emotions, our spirits and our energy. There is something about the coming of spring, the budding of flowers, songs of the myriad of birds that serenade us throughout the day. It's uplifting and spiritually can be a time of change and growth. If the past few months have been difficult, maybe now is the time to get out into the sunshine, enjoy the blue skies and soak in the beauty of spring. Throughout the southland there are flowers galore, with super bloom locations just a short drive away. Head to the coast for a warm walk on the sand and simply watch the sun sparkle off the water. Find a park to smell the grass, sit in the shade and watch people enjoying the outdoors. Guaranteed, it will bring a spring to your step and a feeling of re-birth and new direction.
Thanksgiving, or even Halloween if you have children in your life, begins a long stretch of holidays that can be very time consuming, emotionally and even physically as we move back and forth for visits, family dinners, business gatherings, volunteer activities and holiday celebrations of all types. Christmas, New Years, a stream of government holidays with trips planned, it doesn't see to stop. However, once Valentine's Day comes and goes things seem to take a breather, a calming of social commitments and pressures from the intensity of the past months. So why not make this time a holiday for you? Use the quieter calendar to plan some ways to de-stress and celebrate calm. This is especially important for people who have come through this time mourning the loss of someone who is usually a part of the season. The best gift you can give yourself is time to recover. Here are some things you can do to help:
1. Say no to social engagements that you really don't want to attend. Sometimes a little alone time can be a good thing.
2. Consider taking 10 - 20 minutes each day for meditation or reflection.
3. Cut down on exposures to electronics - unless it is some quiet calming music.
4. Make sure you get your sleep - maybe even sleep-in on a weekend or two.
5. Reflect on the past few months and survey what you might want to eliminate from your holiday schedule next year or things you didn't do, that would would make the season more enjoyable for you.
Most importantly, use your days for reflection and relaxation. This way you'll emerge from these hectic, crazy months with a serenity and calmness that will guide you through the rest of the year.