Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year but for most of us it's arguably the most stressful. For weeks before hand we desperately cram our work in so we can buy ourselves time off. We rush about the shops..
I used to feel like I was vulnerable to becoming pregnant. As if my fertility was a weakness which would be exploited by sperm. I felt like it could happen at anytime, and my life would be forever changed. I needed to shut that part of me down. I needed to know it was all 'under control'.
Turns out the absence of work is not equivalent to relaxation. I've had to learn how to relax and now I think of it as something I do. Not something that happens to me.
Are you working too hard? I know I am. But not all of us show signs of stress in the same way. It's important to understand that we all have different signs from our bodies but here are some of the most common I see
There is a lifestyle movement in the blogosphere which goes by the name of slow living. It promotes taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life such as; the smell of air by the ocean, the glow of the sunset on a long summers day, the satisfaction of picking home-grown vegetables or making your own bread. For some it means using crafts to make things by hand but it doesn't have to be.
Summer heat. We haven’t been blessed the sunniest summer so far, but the mercury is slowly climbing, and the London underground commute is getting stickier by the day.
The cold that permeates our very bones throughout winter is truly thawed now, and the body is returning to a softer, more supple state, as we no longer need to brace ourselves against the cold. People are gathering outside on their lunch breaks from work, and offering their skin up to the sun gods, soaking in the solar energy through their pores. Days can feel endless and full of adventure and possibility.