Out of Doors in Open Air

It has been an interesting and challenging time over the past few weeks and I am thankful for the centering support that daily meditation, breathing, and tapping bring.

Last week I spent time preparing for and presenting two workshops about those particular self-care tools. They have guided me smoothly through some life challenges with more grace than I could have managed without them. And they came in especially handy during this preparation. It seems no matter how many times I get up in front of people to speak, there are always pre-event jitters. Will it be good enough? Does the material flow right? What if nobody shows up? Am I good enough? Why do I keep doing this?!

By continuing my daily practices, my stress and uncertainty are reduced so that clarity on the next steps come more easily. From this grounded state, I am able to understand and work through the transformations that are offered. And I’m able to keep from panicking about my writing and other business activities falling behind.

After the second workshop was over, I briefly considered skipping out on an hour-long trip to a state park to meet my daughter and her beau for a local festival. There was so much to catch up on and now two more new presentations to start working on… But I told myself if nothing else it would be a lovely drive through the country, so off I went.

It’s Spring here in South Carolina. Early buds and blossoms are showing off. Flowering cherry trees and proud yellow daffodils graced my ride. The last bit of road winding down to the lake required a slower pace, which set the tone for the visit in the park. Slow down, take a moment to look around and appreciate being out of doors and in the open air.

I met up with my daughter and her friend, said hello to other friends at the festival, and even met new friends. We enjoyed the stunning views of Lake Jocassee with the mountains as a backdrop. We were even treated to the sight of a loon not too far offshore. We hiked a bit and found rare Oconee Bells in peak bloom along the creek banks.

In hindsight, this simple act of self-care was the perfect transition from finishing up one endeavor to being refreshed and ready to start the next. I took the long way home to enjoy more time in the hills. Smiling, I remembered that I had actually considered ditching this whole adventure to get back to work sooner. Even though I had all that work to do, and I was stressed out about it, I took a break and everything is okay! I celebrate that decision.

While we may not always be able to take hours off to go for a ride in the mountains, we may at least be able to look up, look out the window, step outside for a minute to breathe the open air, take time to appreciate the great outdoors. Giving your mind, body, and spirit a break is a self-care practice that you will celebrate. Can you think of a way to fit in a little time out of doors this week? It is so worth it.

Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.