Good Morning! I got to thinking this morning and decided this is something I wanted to share with you.
I used to be a vision center manager for the world's largest cooperation.
I wasn't only a vision center manager, though, because I have to have something "else" going on at all times in order to thrive...
Be it schooling, a project, and in this case I was part of a team of Vision center managers who were regularly called upon by home office to help make policy and do projects
for the other 3500 vision centers. I was also a single mother who, at a certain point, had been hitting the gym 5 days a week, (lost 40 lbs in 4 months) and I was making most of our food.
I ALWAYS had something going on!
And then, 3 1/2 years ago, I survived two near-death experiences within a 3 month timeframe! (more on those in upcoming posts)
Didn't see that coming- LITERALLY.
Obviously, I sought the help of a counsellor, and during that time she advised that I take some down time. Downtime? What the hell IS that?
This professional licensed psychotherapist is going to tell me to just stop doing. Really? Does she KNOW me? LOL
Here's how she explained it: It was as if I'd broken my leg. Once, and then again within 3 months. (but in this case, I'd broken my brain lol) And like any injury, it takes time to heal.
So I had to heal my brain...no thinking allowed. That's very much against anything I stood for at the time.
So I did EMDR therapy with my therapist and then for the rest of the time I just chilled. It's amazing how "netflix and chill" can really help. That was the first time in my life I stayed home and binge watched a series.
It's amazing how high my anxiety level used to be. I could almost see it rising like hot, molten lava inside a volcano.
When you can SEE your anxiety, people, it's time to do something about it! :)
So I ask you...when's the last time you took downtime? Yeah, I know you didn't just survive two traumas (most likely, and if you did, I'm really sorry)
But I witnessed my husband's reaction to this and it was very telling. We were a go- go- go couple on the weekends...taking the kids everywhere. We always had to be doing something.
Somehow that made us feel like we were good parents.
Once my husband eased into the transition of actually taking "a day on the couch" per weekend, I feel like it's really changed who we are.
To be your best self, you HAVE to take time to REST. Not just 6-8 hours of sleep, not hanging out with your best friends playing volleyball, not driving 6 hours to get somewhere....
PARK YOUR BUTT! Do something mindless, like watching TV... or something mindful like meditation.
Try this and let me know your results! For us, it was a game-changer.
Is organic really better?
The short answer is YES.
There are some cases where we eat ONLY organic. There are some foods where the pesticides in conventional foods make them more toxic than beneficial.
This is why strawberries end up on the "dirty dozen" list all the time. But blueberries, blackberries...ANYTHING with a small surface should be eaten in organic form.