The Importance of Taking Things Slow
No matter how temperate your particular climate is, winter is a time for our animal bodies to rest. Take that seriously. The embodied sense of slowness that this can bring is a much easier place from which to experience anything painful or challenging. When we’re slowed down, we have a chance to make an intentional choice, which is an excellent balm for the extreme gravity of family dynamics that is so good at pulling us back into our old ways of being and feeling. So let yourself slow. Practice saying no to everything you can. Sleep as long and deeply as you can. Cook yourself something especially delicious. Cultivate laughter. And when something causes your stress to spike, breathe slowly and deeply, and try to face it head-on.
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