I cannot believe we are entering October! Is it just me, or does time move faster and faster the older we get? I mean, there are Christmas decorations out in stores right now! Insane.
Why Fall Feels...well, it is not necessarily fall-like here in Texas yet, but definitely in my feels!
I'm not sure if I am the only one, but things have been a little heavy in my world. Overwhelming, I should say. I have been trying to balance motherhood, the house, the schooling, the social obligations, and persnal goals all September long. I'm just trying to settle into a consistent routine, but feeling like I'm being pulled in every direction. I am the type of person who, if one thing is off-kilter in my life, I feel the weight of it. I don't enjoy giving 5% here and 15% over there; I want to be fully present and purposeful in providing 100% to all.
I realize this is about impossible.
When I feel this way, I constantly have to remind myself of the things I am in control of, let go of the frustration of the things I am not, and use the tools I know serve me best through these times.
Some things that help me find balance and calm.
Taking walks and breathing fresh air.
Getting sunshine on my skin.
I remind myself to inhale and exhale fully for a few minutes when things seem overwhelming.
I lean into aromatherapy and essential oils for emotional support.
I focus on getting a good night's sleep.
I take detox baths to help support my immune system.
I take CBD/CBG internally daily.
These things may not seem very significant. However, they carry a huge impact in these times.
In overwhelming or stressful times, our acute stress response (fight or flight) activates, adding to the anxious feelings already present. The fight-or-flight response is a "response to an acute threat to survival that is marked by physical changes, including nervous and endocrine changes, that prepare a human or an animal to react or to retreat" (Britannica, 2019). In other words, what our body does when encountering a threat. This activation can trigger responses in our bodies, anything from increased heart rate to slower digestion to faster breathing.
Although we typically do not face daily survival threats like our ancestors, we face more cognitive stressors. As a result, we tend to worry or stress about many things that do not require a physical escape or fight.
Counteracting the fight-or-flight response generally involves actively doing the opposite of what your sympathetic nervous system automatically triggers, like breathing in full, calm breaths.
Why share this?
Because we are human, every one of us has felt the overwhelm of parenthood, partner hood, and life. The more tools we share, the more supported and seen we feel.
So if this season has you feeling anything like I have been, know I am here with you. Allow yourself some grace to feel the feelings upon you and find some natural ways to combat the stress so that you can be fully present and be the best version of yourself!
Links to products that I turn to regularly along my journey.
Thank you for sharing life with me!
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