4 Ways to Feel Good During the Transition Back to School & Busy Work
There’s such a different energy between summer and fall! Sometimes, it can feel as dramatic as being hit in the face with a bucket of cold water. We go from lounging in the yard or at the ocean or pool, contemplating the way the sand squishes and forms between our toes. Then suddenly, we find ourselves running around like a maniac, feeling Time Pressure bearing down on us like the scary principle from our middle school…watching us, judging us, making us feel like somehow, no matter what we do, it is not enough!
It can feel like getting caught up in the hurricane is the way it has to be. Especially when everyone around you is lost in the chaos. But Beauty, this need not apply to you. With some simple tools to keep handy, you can stay grounded amidst the whirlwind of the fall, feeling good and happy.
Here are 4 ways to feel good during the transition back to school and busy work that I want to share and emphasize to you:
#1. Practice the Mantra: I accept.
Part of what feels so stressful is struggling. We’re beating ourselves up because not “enough” gets done in a day. We resist when our bodies tell us to chill at the end of the day, instead of trying to cram more emails in when we need rest. Or saying yes to another play date (between the other 3 we have this weekend), because we “feel bad” saying no. We stress when traffic is bad and we don’t get to as many errands…it’s never-ending.
The short mantra, one that I’ve been personally practicing and saying myself, is simply “I accept”. I accept what is happening. The chaos. I’m in the middle of it. I’m not trying to escape. But at the same time, I accept that maybe I can’t fit in as much in a day. And that’s okay. I accept I don’t have eight arms. I accept that I’m perfectly imperfect. I accept I’m doing my freaking best, right at the moment!
Say it to yourself at the beginning of the day, reminding yourself to do your best and be more detached from how it all plays out. And please DO say it the next time your child is screaming as you try to get he or she to the car, as you are a half hour late to your staff meeting and your boss gives you the evil eye and your GGS spills on your white shirt…
#2. Get Into an Easy Recipe Flow.
Routine feels good to our nervous system. It’s soothing, it helps it feel “safe”, and as a result, all bodily systems can benefit, including digestion. It’s important that we have our arsenal of easy recipes we can reach for and depend upon.
I’m not talking about fancy or difficult or complex. I’m not talking about the kind of dishes you make for dinner parties one every few months. I’m talking about your go-to, real-life food, that keeps you going. Things that can be made with very little time and effort, not to mention thinking.
Here are a few of my personal favs I wanted to share with you:
Kitcheree: I’m a huge fan of one-pot cooking. The seasonal spices, including cumin, which is known to help promote good digestion, especially in the release of bile from the liver, which helps us digest fats and certain nutrients from the gut.1
Dharma’s Kale Salad: This can easily become a meal if you top with cooked tempeh, which takes just a few minutes to warm, as I often eat for a quick dinner or meal.
Glowing Green Smoothie: I can’t resist: This is just such an important staple to keep you grounded, morning in and morning out when things get busy! All the vitamins, enzymes, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and countless other phytonutrients nourish your system. Which helps to keep your blood and organs balanced and functioning their best.
#3. Daily Grounding.
No, I’m not talking about the daily grind of commuting time, or grounds as far as from your local coffee joint ☺. I’m talking about consciously bringing in more earth energy, as the world around you has so much intensely imbalanced air energy.
Feeling ungrounded may be something you can relate to, especially when you start to feel stressed. It’s that quiet, persistent feeling of not being fully here, yet not being fully there either. It often happens too when we’re trying to juggle so much. To the point where our minds says, “Wait, where am I?!”. Most of us are in the future or past, just ruminating over what happened or the plethora of things we have to get to. Hence, grounding is absolutely key.
How do we ground? Ideally, I recommend adding it to your meditation practice when you start your day. It only takes a few moments. As you sit in your seat, cross-legged or on a chair, with your feel flat, imagine roots, like from a ginormous, gorgeous tree, going down from the base of your spine, or the bottoms of your feet, down, deep into the earth and wrapping the roots securely down there. Feel held and supported, deeply, by the earth. Anchored in.
This imagery really works! Since I started doing it myself, I sure do feel a lot more stabilized. I know I needed it when I was at a casual meeting a while back in a restaurant. I looked up and felt a mix of anxiety and had that “what’s going on” feeling. I had been meditating a lot, so busy, so in other words, really “up there”, and not grounding myself.
What else can help you feel more grounded? Eating more root veggies, such as squashes, carrots and beets, which correspond to your root chakra, which I discussed in The Beauty Detox Power, earthing, or walking on the earth barefoot (not always practical for many of us, on a daily basis though!), and wearing grounding metals/stones, such as hematite, jasper and smoky quartz. Smoky quartz is something I have all over my bedroom! We want to feel especially grounded in our cozy, home environment.
#4. Stay Balanced with the Right Probiotics.
Okay, life can be a whirlwind. Especially just about now… right? While we can’t control everything in the outside world, we can take steps to control our inside environment more.
This is largely supported by taking SBO Probiotics with the proper ratios of clinically researched strains, as this helps to restore our gut, which has been now proven to be connected with pretty much everything, including our brains and moods. Sometimes, just a few key things we ingest make such an enormous difference. And are easy, because we just take them. We can’t play that game with everything! We still need to eat healthy, whole foods and get plenty of quality sleep. But in this case, taking the right probiotics is going to help. And no big elaborate to do or process needed. ☺
I hope these tips really help you out! Let me know how you do.
Remember I’m always here to support you.
Johri RK. Cuminum cyminum and Carum carvi: An update. Pharmacognosy Reviews. 2011;5(9):63-72. doi:10.4103/0973-7847.79101.