We are in the darkest time of year. I am struck by how often I hear comments lamenting about the shortened days and the feelings so many get as darkness descends. Yes, it is true that we thrive with sunshine and natural Vitamin D. But, I do think it is possible to embrace the natural rhythm of the ebb and flow as we move through the days and the calendar. I find myself remarking repeatedly that after December 21st we are on the upswing once again, so try and focus on that positive note.

Additionally, it is beneficial to consider how to adapt to longer hours of darkness. The darkest time of year coincides with the holiday season. It is typically a time to gather with family and friends. COVID continues to challenge how we manage spending time with loved ones. I encourage everyone to practice the CDC guidelines and emphasize the importance of safely connecting and celebrating. Doing so encourages everyone’s well being.

Consider the following suggestions:

  • Keep things simple and not overwhelming. You will give yourself the gift of less stress and greater emphasis on connection
  • Keep yourself fueled with healthy choices of exercise, good nutrition, good sleep
  • Use your tools of mindset reset remembering to breathe, think realistically and
    positively, believe in gratitude and count your blessings
  • Remember that one of the things we give is a helping hand to others. You will feel better for doing so

From darkness comes light again, and another new year.

From my desk to you:

Breathe and Believe
Believe and Breathe
Breathe in the Here and Now….