November 1, 2020
I hope this letter finds you well. It is now November. The days are becoming shorter, and the temperature is becoming colder. This time of year always puts me in a place of introspection—a place where I can focus inwards and listen.
I will be honest with you. I fell off the mindfulness wagon back in September. My days became hectic, and my anxiety increased. Yoga felt forced, I stopped creating, and I lost connection with the community. I was focused on just getting through the day. Now that it has slowed down, it is easier to notice my lack of self-awareness, and I’m ready to get back on the wagon.
I tell you these things because I want you to know that you aren’t alone. If you feel frazzled and short-tempered and anxious, I can relate. Just like the tide, we ebb and flow. Some days connect, and others don’t. Yes, sometimes it feels like the disconnected days are never-ending, but they will end, and you will find your way back into the groove.
It’s a weird time with the pandemic, the election, and now the holidays upon us. It isn’t easy right now. Let me repeat that. It isn’t easy right now, so if you feel disconnected, know that you aren’t alone. You don’t have to have it all together right now.
As I think about the disconnect we are all feeling as a community, I am working on a plan where we can all find our way back. Starting today, I commit to myself first and foremost. I invite you to do the same.
Every day in November, I commit to a moment of self-care. That could mean a yoga session, a bubble bath, an extra cup of coffee, a run, a book, time with my family, a moment with my art, a reevaluation of my list, progressing something forward. Selfcare comes in many different forms. It doesn’t just mean brunch, wine, chocolate, and a release of responsibilities. It sometimes means you check something off your list because it lifts the weight from your shoulders, it means drinking enough water, it means changing your perspective and going about your day with intention. Yes, letting go is a factor of self-care but not the only one.
I invite you to join me.
I will post on the Post and Ponder Facebook page and our community page every day with a self-care suggestion. A gentle reminder for you to come back to the flow and connect. Today is the first day. What are you going to do for your moment of self-care?