Do you ever have moments when it all seems like too much? The world is too loud, too chaotic, too crowded, and simply too much of everything. The noise is so deafening that you can’t hear yourself think. That is where I am in this moment.

This has been one hell of a year.

For me. For you. For us all. And the air we breathe feels toxic. Anger, fear, agony, and discord have tainted our supply. So much darkness is coming to light – which is so needed – but it’s also triggering, painful, and heavy.

I don’t know about you but I need a break. As the temperature dropped and we turned back the clocks, I woke up craving stillness, space and time.

slow down

Last January I was diagnosed with chronic Epstein-Barr, chronic Lyme, Bartonella, and several other bacterial and viral co-infections. And I never really took the time to process that. I just started going through the motions of treatments. I think I was running from the truth of this new chronic illness reality. Work was insanely busy, I was also working on my coaching and doTERRA businesses, writing and calling government officials, reading and watching the news, and not taking care of myself.

I was up to my old tricks – numbing out.

And, while my overall health has improved mildly in the past 11 months of treatment, my day-to-day health doesn’t feel any better. But I’m doing all of the things. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, taking a million supplements, working with my naturopath. What I’m not doing, though, is working with myself. Listening to myself. Honoring myself.

As we enter the final weeks of 2017, I am slowing down. If you are craving more space and stillness, here are a few ideas:

Daily meditation: Meditation is my medicine. When I’m not meditating every single cell in my body knows it. Two of my biggest health symptoms right now are extreme exhaustion and brain fog. A consistent meditation practice helps me manage these. Getting quiet and being present supports me physically, emotionally and spiritually. I usually am a believer that even one minute of meditation can transform your life but right now I am feeling called to go deeper and longer. The more time I can spend on my meditation cushion, the better.

Limit social media: Ugh. This one is a killer. Here’s the thing: I have an online business and most of my friends live far away. Social media is my primary way of communicating with the people who I care about and also connecting with the Spirited Well-being community. But I have been craving less time plugged in and scrolling. I’m taking a break from Facebook for the rest of the year – I’m even deleting the app from my phone which might seem like a nothing step but it feels super scary and HUGE to me. I am also going to limit time on Twitter. I’m not much a tweeter but I do spend a fair amount of time reading tweets and they usually leave me feeling fired up, angry and sad. I love Instagram and plan to stay active there but really nowhere else. 

Eat grounding, warming foods: My digestion isn’t a fan of raw or cold foods anyway, but right now I am craving foods like sweet potato, squash, pureed soups, broths, and teas. Eating cooked foods can give your digestive system a little but of a break so you don’t have to spend so much physical energy on breaking down foods. I also just feel calmer and more centered when I eat these foods.

Write and keep writing: One of my favorite ways to create space in my life is to create space in my mind. And one of the best ways for me to do that is to write it all down. Thoughts, worries, hopes, plans, to-dos…everything. The less I have to keep locked up in my brain, the better. I am going to practice Julia Cameron’s morning pages and write three pages each morning.

Clean and redecorate my house: I don’t know about you but it is impossible for me to feel calm and spacious when my physical space is cluttered. I am going to clear the clutter and also bring in pieces that make me feel cozy and relaxed like rugs, throws, plants, and crystals.

Epsom salt and essential oils baths: Detoxification is so important for me right now. Whenever I find myself feeling blocked or stagnant, I add in regular baths with epsom salts, coconut oil, and essential oils. This coconut rose milk bath soak looks so luscious – I’m definitely going to try it. I’ll probably add some jasmine essential oil to it. Heaven!

Clear my schedule: As Marie Forleo says, No is a complete sentence. I am going to say no to more things – anything that feels like an obligation is going to be a no. I plan to use the newly freed up time to connect more with myself and doing everything else on this list. I live for weekends when I can answer “Nothing.’ to the question: “What are you doing this weekend?”.

PS: In an effort to create space, I only have room for two more clients this year. If you’ve been waiting for a sign – this is it.