Last week we talked a little bit about how important de-stressing is to the process of connecting with yourself and with your partner. Stress clouds our minds with unwelcome thoughts, encourages the spiral of anxiety, and gets in the way of treating ourselves and loved ones with the care and complete attention they deserve.
We talk a lot about stress at Sacred Hour. In both skincare and massage services, we ask about the degree of stress you are experiencing in your life because stress manifests physically. More often than not it is the cause of the symptoms our clients would like to address. From stress-related acne to poor posture to tension headaches, so much of what we treat in our services is a direct result of the stressful nature of modern life.
Year-round, women have to juggle a lot: job, house, kids, dinner, remembering to buy toilet paper, you get the idea. There is constant pressure from all sides telling us what our lives should look like, and the holiday season cranks that tiny inner critic’s voice to eleven. It’s easy to lose your footing with an additional workload of playing Santa for your household or close circle of friends. Staying grounded is always hard for me, but gets harder with the added responsibilities of gifting, potlucks, and my social calendar every December.
The obvious element of cultivating a sense of gratitude is not taking the good stuff in life for granted. Of course, we are thankful for the house we live in even if it’s not in the school district we wanted. We are thankful for our kids growing into responsible, successful adults. Thankful for our health, the food on our table, warm coats and good friends. Gratitude comes into the equation when you are still grateful for your house even if it is where your spouse died. Even if it burns down. Thankfulness is easy, gratitude takes practice.