Is it just me or does life feel a little frantic right now? Even with years of sparkle support under my belt, I am still feeling that frantic end of year energy taking over my brain. I work hard to keep myself grounded all year long, but lately I have been getting reminders that sometimes we all need to check in and re-evaluate when it is time to bring in wellness reinforcements.
The last few weeks of December are chaotic for many of us. Planning for the holidays and closing out the year are no easy tasks. This process can feel like an endless list of things to do, but it also is a chance to reflect on all the good things in life. I am stoked to have the chance to see loved ones over the holidays and am ecstatic about the launch of #Whole30MakesMeSparkle. When I visualize 2018, I am overcome with gratitude and excitement about the possibilities for sparkle.
But let’s be honest. All of this end of year and holiday activity also means that there are a lot of moving parts in life that need wrangling! Today alone, I have found myself in a tizzy about approximately ten things. What are a few telltale signs that I am in a tizzy? My brain is moving a mile a minute, my attention span feels even shorter than usual, and I find myself trying to cut corners on my usual wellness activities. You know, the ones that I put in place to keep me sparkling and balanced, particularly in times like this. We are all human. Experiencing times of stress is a part of our beautiful human experience, but still, feeling like you can barely keep your head above water is overwhelming.
When I catch myself spinning in these stressful circles, I know I have allowed myself to lose my grounding. Grounding is a practice to reconnect with yourself, your space, and your needs. Grounding can take many different forms; like so many wellness practices, it is up to you to explore which practices work best for you.
A few possible grounding techniques to explore:
- Standing with your bare feet on the natural Earth is a great place to start. Whether standing on a pile of dirt, in the grass, in the sand on a beach, or in any body of water, connecting to nature helps to recalibrate and transmute that frantic energy.
- Pause, turn away from any screen, place your hand over your heart, and take slow, deliberate, deep breaths. Sometimes I also like to incorporate square breathing into this. Square breathing: inhale for four slow counts, hold for four slow counts, exhale for four slow counts, and hold for four slow counts. Repeat.
- Take a deep breath and visualize yourself like a tree. Envision the roots of you moving down through your whole body, into the seat or ground below you, through floors of the building you are in, into the ground you are on, through the Earth to the very core of our planet. Take a few deep breaths visualizing the energy moving through you into the very core of the Earth.
- With any and all of these exercises, it is always good practice to close with gratitude.
Remember that if everything doesn’t happen today, there is tomorrow. Our sparkle does not require perfection. In fact, the messy moments of living life fully provides more opportunities to sparkle. Take your time, catch your breath, allow yourself to simply be. Time continues on always, no matter what. Take a deep breath. Your breath grounds you. Grounding supports your sparkle.