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  • Writer's pictureCoralee Shaman

"How can you dance at a time like this?"

The importance of self care has been plastered every where we look. We all need to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health. Practicing this might take an extra ten minutes a day of gathering yourself to feel a moment of wholeness OR, disconnecting and letting things go for a fleeting moment.

The other day I added shovelling the driveway to my list of jobs to do. I shovelled for an hour and a half bundled up in my snow gear. I was sweaty, my muscles burned from fatigue and the parts of my face that were exposed to the cold felt stingy. I plopped down on the snow encapsulated in layers of protection, all I could hear was my breath, all I could feel was the clothing against my skin and inside me was peace. My thoughts were exactly with me in that moment.

I know as 2022 begins, these moments are difficult to have. We have so many worries about our family, about our economy, finances, routine and stability in this world.

It takes practice to have calmness in chaos . I encourage you during 2022 to practice at least once a day. Try to be in the moment, let your thoughts meet where your heart and body are, even if it’s for 30 seconds. Try to give yourself reprieve from the seriousness for just a moment.

The benefits of triggering the parasympathetic nervous system are documented very well. It relieves stress and anxiety. Lowers blood pressure, slows the heart rate, promotes digestion. The body enters a state of relaxation which promotes recovery. The more time we spend in this relaxed state the healthier we can be. If you want some more tools that help trigger relaxation, click the link below. I am always here to help.

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