August 30th – Yikes! The lazy hazy days of summer are coming to an end. What a beautiful summer it was for many here in BC.
I love BC in the summertime and usually stay pretty close to home. Yes, in the summertime, I am a fan of staycation days. I get out with some friends and play golf at many of the local courses. And, both my young adult sons are around in the summertime so I do like to catch as many ‘sightings’ of them as possible.
However, I did get away to Whistler and to Salt Spring Island for a few days at each location. I literally did nothing. Well, nothing to me is defined as: I lazed about and socialized with a few friends on patios, docks, under umbrellas in backyards…I swam in pools, lakes and in the ocean. I had a couple of afternoon naps in a hammock. I simply took time to ‘be’ with no commitments. Ahhhhh….
When we take time to slow down, to relax, to pamper ourselves – we feed our souls and we allow for new creative energy to flow. In this state ideas emerge, solutions to problems are clear and new energy abounds.
Often times, new clients come to see me because they cannot totally escape their anxiety, anger or stress while on holiday. They may feel a little more relaxed compared to their normal stress levels but once they return home, their stress levels ignite again.
New clients often call after a holiday because while away and somewhat relaxed they have reflected enough to realize that they will need to seek a professional to help them correct and change so that they can move forward in their life situations.
Undersanding how to read our own emotions and then how to deal with them appropriately is essential to successful living. It is so important to plan the time to reflect and recognize areas that need correcting.
Think about your summer holidays and think how you can bring some of those relaxing memories into your fall and winter season. It may not be a hammock on a Saturday afternoon but it could be an hour’s nap on the sofa bed while imagining yourself in the hammock on a summer’s day afternoon.