Fall is a popular time to find a farm that offers hayrides and the maize maze, paths cut through harvested corn fields to challenge the brave at heart. Regardless of the weather, confinement by towering stalks, triggers latent claustrophobia. Self-confidence and trust temper panic. Putting one foot in front of the other, the exit eventually appears and the heart rate returns to normal.
Every day is a leg in the maze of life. The exit we seek is the transition to home, yet we fear death. Humans are impatient to know what lies ahead, which is why tarot card readers and psychics are in demand. The shakier the outside world appears, the more desperate we are to peer into the crystal ball.
As emotional creatures, we struggle for equilibrium. Our hearts can be broken or bursting with joy. Below are some tips for self-care that can help in good times and in bad:
- Rest. Give yourself time to reflect and recuperate.
- Nutrition. Eat nourishing food
- Hydrate. Drink lots of water. Stay away from sugary drinks and caffeine.
- Exercise. Find a way to move your body.
- Music. Discover what resonates
- Gratitude. Make a list of your blessings
- Smile. If your heart is heavy, fake it until you make it.
- Help. Step outside yourself and give to another.
Self-care is not selfish. When exhausted from responsibilities, resentment brews beneath a thin veneer. Instead of turning to anti-depressants, alcohol or illegal drugs, take time for self-care. It is Win/Win for your loved ones and you.
- Be in the moment. Give yourself a few minutes each day to be, not think.
- Take a break from stress. A five-minute walk can change perspective.
- Treat yourself to simple comforts. You deserve it.
- Play. Connect with your inner child and have fun.
- Dare to Dream. Everything man-made was once someone’s dream.