This week’s topic is: What To Do When Anxiety Hits
We have had a lot of questions from you during this challenging, unprecedented time, where we have more time to be alone with our thoughts and our feelings. We have way fewer distractions. We may feel overwhelmed by the news and have uncertainty.
There’s a lot of triggers, a lot of fear, a lot of things coming up. I really feel that for all of us. This is why I want to talk about some tangible tools and strategies we can do when the anxiety does come, so you don’t feel like a wave just knocked you over.
We also want you to start to sleep better at night so that we can turn this into a time of strengthening ourselves. We can come out on the other side of this perhaps even stronger, and that we’ve learned more about ourselves.
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Brooklyn – NY
I’m right in the middle of the hub of so many deaths and really feeling the anxiety. How can I keep myself calm so I can function and do more than worry all day?
Lucy – Massachusetts
I’ve been trying to make sure to move my body a little every day, however, I have no energy from feeling so anxious which is making me feel even sadder. Any tips you can share?
Naomi – Florida
Everything going on in the world just makes me want to curl under my covers and watch a movie to help get my mind off of things. Any suggestions on some things I can do when anxiety hits? I feel like a shell of who I used to be.
Alice – Georgia
The first three weeks I was stressed but now I’m going out of my mind with anxiousness. The whole family being home, feeling confined, and having to keep everyone and everything in a happy state of mind has really worn me out. How can I regain balance amongst the chaos?
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Kimberly: Hey Beauties, and welcome back to our Thursday Q and A podcast. Our topic today is What To Do When Anxiety Hits. I think this is a very timely podcast right now. We have had a lot of questions from you guys in, of course, this challenging, unprecedented time, where we have more time to be alone with our thoughts and our feelings. We have way fewer distractions. We may feel the overwhelm of news, uncertainty. So there’s a lot of triggers, there’s a lot of fear. There’s a lot of things coming up. And I really feel that for all of us. So I want to talk about some tangible tools and strategies we can do when the anxiety does come, so you don’t feel like a wave just knocked you over, so you can start to sleep better at night, hopefully, so that we can turn this into a time of strengthening ourselves. We can come out on the other side of this perhaps even stronger, and that we’ve learned more about ourselves.
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Kimberly: We have Katelyn on the line, our lovely general manager of Solluna, who we recently had some big life changes. She got married. She moved to Virginia, and now she’s quarantining down there in her new home. How are you doing, K?
Katelyn: I’m doing good. I’m still here hunkered down. As always, I really enjoy the time we get to spend together doing the podcast. It’s my community hour. So I love looking at the questions and connecting with the community. It’s age old. We’ve been doing this for a few years now, and it still feels really good, so that’s where you know you’re doing something right. All right, guys. This is a big one. There’s a lot to talk about, so I won’t do short talk today. I think we’ll just dive right into our questions.
Kimberly: Yes. [inaudible 00:02:57] going on here in our community.
Question 1: I’m right in the middle of the hub of so many deaths, and I’m really feeling anxiety. How can I keep myself calm so I can function and do more than worry all day?
Katelyn: Yeah. Let’s dive in. So we have Brooklyn living in New York. I’m right in the middle of the hub of so many deaths, and I’m really feeling anxiety. How can I keep myself calm so I can function and do more than worry all day?
Kimberly: Thank you so much. Is her name Brooklyn, K? Or [inaudible 00:03:23]?
Katelyn: Oh, yeah, I was confused too, but no. Either way, her name’s Brooklyn. Brooklyn living in New York.
Kimberly: Brooklyn in New York, well, I was actually in New York at the beginning of this. Do you remember, K?
Katelyn: It was in February, early February.
Kimberly: Yeah. It was starting to crank up. I used to live in New York, so I deeply feel connected to it still. I can imagine that it’s intense over there for sure. So first thing, I just want to acknowledge that and give you a big hug, Brooklyn out in New York. A couple things I want to say about this, anxiety in general is tied to future based thinking. So we know that when we are living in the past, or when we’re living in the future, that’s where anxiety and worry are going to be. Right? If we stay really present as much as we can with what is in front of us, then we can release the anxiety and the worry.
Kimberly: Let’s say some of the worries in your head are: What if I get sick? What if I die? What if a loved one gets sick? What if I’m stuck in my apartment forever? Whatever the thoughts are, these are all what ifs. And the problem with that is that we can’t deal with a hypothetical situation right now. We can’t get past that because the future isn’t here yet. So what we have to do is keep coming back to the present and do what we can in the present moment. So what are some of the things we can do in the present moment? We can take the appropriate precautions, everything recommended by the CDC. If you are out, wear either a bought or a created mask with a handkerchief. There’s so many videos now about how to make your own face mask. Wash your hands. Go out as little as possible. If you do have to go groceries, try to get it delivery, or go early in the morning.
Kimberly: All these very practical precautions, know that you’re doing everything that you can. Secondly, the being on the news a lot is definitely going to fuel anxiety. So I think it’s important to be informed, but to have digital boundaries. So I recommend that you have times where you do allocate to being on the news, whether it’s mid morning, maybe you check in twice a day, hopefully not right before bed. So again, you have the sense of what’s going on, as much as that feels good to you, but you don’t have this trickle of alerts constantly, which would create anxiety in anybody. I definitely turn off those sorts of alerts. I don’t have a TV. I don’t like the … What’s the word? It just feels very intrusive to me, the noise and the visual. So for me, I just look at headlines. I have that app that compiles all the different headlines, and I’ll look and read as I want to on my phone. And that feels not as anxiety provoking as the television. That’s my personal take on it.
Kimberly: And number three, I think that this is a really important exercise, Brooklyn, in how what your relationship is with being present. We talked about this last week, this idea of using our time to grow and to come out on the other side of this feeling strong, feeling like we’ve learned a lot about ourselves. And in some way, and one thing we can do is strengthen our relationship with the present. This is a great time to focus on your breath, breath work, meditation. We have free led meditations for you, or there’s different apps. Take advantage of whatever resonates with you. When you start to feel that anxiety coming, you want to get into your body. You want to get out of the future based thinking. You want to get out of the overthinking mind. You want to drop back into your body. You want to go deeper, deeper than the thoughts. You want to go into the spaciousness of the present moment.
Kimberly: Remind yourself that whatever happens, you will deal with it from a rational place. You will do your best. Worst case scenario, something happens, you will deal with it. But right now, you’re here, you’re okay, you’re in your body, you’re breathing. We have a grounding meditation that would be really good for you. I think we have it on the website now, K, in the meditation section, which is where you feel your legs. You feel your feet connected with the earth. You feel your hips on the seat, on the chair. And you can feel your body right here, right now. And if we can start to put attention on this moment, on this breath, the very, very presence of being here, then that really helps the anxiety cycle, which again is in our thoughts. It’s in the future. It’s not really here yet, so it keeps going because we can’t deal with it.
Kimberly: So any sort of presence practice you can bring in before you eat, take a moment to pause and be grateful. Have a gratitude practice or grace. Be present with your food. Be present in your conversations when you’re Face Timing or talking to people. Try not to multitask. Just bring presence into your life, and I think that will really help you start to feel calmer and getting out of that worry mentality.
Katelyn: And we’ll link to these resources over on mysolluna.com, if you go over there today in our show notes, if you want to easily just track down anything that Kimberly just mentioned, because it is really important now when anxiety hits to have those resources readily available.
Katelyn: Yeah. We’re just a click away.
Katelyn: Click away, just to know, I know where that is. And you could bookmark things on your computers. You could easily find them later. I like to do that because sometimes I’ll have a million tabs open and I can’t find what I want.
Kimberly: And sometimes it could be that soothing song, like if you have a playlist of your favorite songs on Spotify, or like you said, K, a bookmark to a led meditation. Relying on resources to help you when you feel like you’re faltering is really a life saving tools, so that’s a great idea, very practical.
Question 2: I’ve been trying to make sure to move my body a little every day, however, I have no energy from feeling so anxious, which is making me feel even sadder. Do you have any tips you can share?
Katelyn: Healthy, healthy go to, yeah, for sure. All right. So we have another question for you from Lucy, who is living in Massachusetts. I’ve been trying to make sure to move my body a little every day, however, I have no energy from feeling so anxious, which is making me feel even sadder. Do you have any tips you can share?
Kimberly: Lucy, thank you so much for your question. I send you a big hug, beauty. Know that you’re not alone. We’re all here together in our community. And we are all connected, even though we are in our homes. I actually feel more connected to our community than ever before, so I’m sending you a lot of love your way out there in Massachusetts. So back to your question about moving your body. I think that’s really wonderful. I think this is a great question to bring it back to our Four Cornerstones. When it comes to true beauty, which is connecting to our spirit and to our strength, it’s about going into our foundation.
Kimberly: And our foundation is going to help us get through these times. It is where our real strength and security come from. Doesn’t come from the government. It doesn’t come from a daily schedule. It doesn’t come from all these things that we may have thought it came from. It comes from inside of us. So our first one is food. And I will say right now, there are foods that have been proven to uplift mood, particularly foods with omega-3 fats, like chia seeds and flax seeds. The Glowing Green Smoothie® is a great mood enhancing food, which has tons of vitamins in it and minerals and antioxidants.
Kimberly: We have some great blogs and vlogs, which we will link to, just different nutrients and minerals. So in the middle of this, I would encourage you, Lucy, to really keep your diet on point, to stay away from foods that kind of take us on a roller coaster, like refined sugars and foods that may feel good in the moment, but then later make us feel depleted. From the body cornerstone, I love this idea that you’re moving your body every day. I will say yoga is a really great practice right now, moving your spine, moving organically, finding some flows that work. Also, getting outside into some sunlight, maybe going on walks, meditating outside. Being outside, connecting with nature is definitely going to help your energy.
Kimberly: Emotionally, I think we need to really take control over our mental health right now as much as possible, and to create those digital boundaries. I keep using this term, but I think this is a time where it could really spiral out with the alerts and the news. So really be consistent with when you want to have that external input coming in. Maybe you allot time for the news at a certain period in the morning or afternoon, not before you go to bed. Maybe you start a journaling practice right now, time to reflect. We also have our online Solluna Circle program, which is really great for connecting with like minded souls, to share feelings, to hold space for each other.
Kimberly: And then meditating, the spiritual part, nature breathing, meditation. I think when we start to feel overly anxious, we start to feel unhinged. It means we feel the powerlessness of not being able to control everything, and that really can incite more anxiety. So I will say it’s great to have some form of meditation in your morning practice, so you start the day in a much stronger mental space. And I think that ending the day with a meditation is a way to really nurture yourself so you sleep better and so you have deeper sleep and deeper REM sleep, and you wake up feeling in a better mood. So connecting with these practices, which are within yourself, within your breath, within your body, within your spirit, are also really, really important.
Kimberly: And as I was just mentioning to Brooklyn, help bring us back to the present moment, so that’s a place where future based anxiety cannot live. So the more that we are in the present moment, we work on that a little bit every day. We strengthen our muscle of truly being present, and we’re going to feel stronger. We’re going to come out on the other side of this stronger than ever. And we will have developed that skill, which will serve us. So I know it’s a tough time. I know that there is sadness and anxiety and lots coming up, but stick in there. Stick with it, Lucy. Do these little steps every day. Set up your day for yourself. Take care of yourself. Maybe even different practices in each of the four cornerstones, and that will help to re-anchor you into your deep, deep strength and the security that is already within you.
Katelyn: And just to remind you guys, you can download the four cornerstones guide over on mysolluna.com. There’s a section on the homepage, where all you have to do is enter your email, and we’ll email that over to you, and you can get started on checking that out and digging a little bit deeper. If it’s your first time listening to the podcast and you’re not too familiar with our Four Cornerstones, that will help you to really understand what they are and how they can positively benefit your life.
Kimberly: Thank you, K. That’s a great resource. It’s a great time to focus on that right now.
Katelyn: Yeah, especially if you didn’t have time before, and you find yourself having time now, that’s a really great way to use it. So speaking of time, we are going to take a break. So if you want to look at that now, go right ahead. And then Kimberly will be back to answer the last two questions.
Kimberly: All right, Beauties. We are back from our break. And we have two more questions for you guys on this topic of anxiety, which of course is a very, very big topic. Many of us are prone to anxiety, and this time has fanned that flame even more, exacerbated the tendency even more, so it’s very confronting, but when we’re in our comfort zone, we don’t always grow so much. So the positive of this is having skills of tapping into our strength, of dealing with something that’s quite challenging, and coming out on the other side stronger. So I think this is a great time to really face anxiety and to hopefully, again, to find tools and strategies that you can use long-term, when we’re past this, that will benefit you in your life.
Question 3: Everything going on in the world just makes me want to curl under the covers and watch a movie to get my mind off of things. Any suggestions on some things I can do when anxiety hits? I feel like a shell of who I used to be.
Katelyn: Yes. And I think we’ll dig a little bit deeper as we go into the next question from Naomi, and she’s living in lovely Florida. She says, “Everything going on in the world just makes me want to curl under the covers and watch a movie to get my mind off of things. Any suggestions on some things I can do when anxiety hits? I feel like a shell of who I used to be.”
Kimberly: Naomi, thank you so much for your question. I totally feel you on this. I mean, this is something that is affecting the whole world. It’s big. It’s different. It’s unprecedented. We don’t really have the precedent of what we’ve done before to fall back on, so I totally understand how much anxiety the uncertainty creates. I will say that it is okay sometimes to watch a movie, to watch a show, to feel distraction. But just know that those are distractions that don’t necessarily make the anxiety go away. So as long as we know, okay, I’m just trying to relax, or I just want to chill out for a while, that’s cool.
Kimberly: But I think that it’s important that we, everything we talked about in the show, we develop more skills for tools for when we feel anxiety, where we’re not distracting from it, but we are dealing with it. And again, just some of those tips involve coming back to the present moment, since anxiety is about fear, it’s about the future. It’s about what ifs. It’s about hypotheticals. It’s about things that aren’t here yet. So any skills that build presence, breathing, breath work, grounding meditations, anything that you could do to get into your body in the present moment is going to help you cope. Being in nature, being outside, journaling, finding supportive communities, like ours, where it’s not necessarily distraction.
Kimberly: But it more feels like a support system, and that we’re sharing and we’re talking about real life. But we’re not pretending it’s not there. We’re not covering it up, which again, just means that long-term, it’s going to pop its head up again and come back, and that won’t necessarily feel so great. So now is a time for really, I think, turning inward and remembering that, no, we don’t have control over everything, but that’s also okay. Know that we will deal with what comes from a place of resilience and strength. But right now in this moment, what we can do is the best we can do with the precautions. We want to stay grounded. We want to breathe. We want to remind ourselves that all these hypotheticals aren’t happening right now. And that’s what happens with this cycle of anxiety, is we have these perceived threats that are real to an extent, in that, sure, we could go out and hug a million people, and that might not be the smartest thing right now.
Kimberly: But if you’re home and you’re safe, and you’re taking the precautions, we want to let the nervous system relax because what can happen is we get into the cycle with our fight or flight hormones, and they stay revved up. And we stay, our sympathetic nervous system does go into overdrive, and we just feel elevated stress hormones all the time. And it starts to wear out our bodies, and we’re not sleeping as well, and it does weaken our immunity. And just our overall quality of life starts to go down and down. So we want to start to distinguish between letting our rational mind come in to remind our irrational mind, right now, I am okay. In this moment, I am doing just great and I’m breathing.
Kimberly: And the more we can come back to grounding in right here, right now, we can feel stabilized in this moment. And we can let the fear wash over us, pass through. We know we feel it, and then we let it go. We don’t get caught up in the thinking cycle. So again, the problem with over distracting is that the thoughts keep coming. We don’t let ourselves feel that fear. And then after the distraction is over, after the movie’s over, or whatever, it’s still there. It still comes back. So again, it’s okay to have entertainment and to have fun and do some fun things right now. But I think this powerful practice of facing the anxiety and breathing through it and coming back to the present is something that I have really been relying on. It’s really been helping me. I felt a lot of anxiety a couple weeks again. And when I started letting myself feel it and process it, I find it a lot more … It’s been alleviated a lot, which definitely feels really good to me.
Katelyn: Yeah. I think almost everyone right now can relate to this topic on some level. I’m a person that I have anxiety. I’m a high anxiety person in general with my planning and perfectionism, so I’ve had an incredibly difficult time lately. But yeah, I think just dialing it in and being aware is the first step. Right? Like, oh, I’m not sleeping, my minds are like … Some people might not even realize it’s anxiety.
Katelyn: Because just to have that awareness of it’s not something you’ve maybe dealt with on a regular basis. Everybody’s different, so of course, some people have bouts of anxiety. Some people have it more than others. But I think those were great suggestions of just even just how to be aware of what’s going on with yourself, and then that you’re not helpless. There are things you can do that are within your control. We can’t control a lot of things that are going on in life. But these are a couple things we can take action on.
Kimberly: Exactly. We can’t control the outer world, which is I think the problem with anxiety too is that we want to have a sense of control and feel safe. But we can’t control the outside, so if we’re trying to get safety from that, it’s not going to happen, so the anxiety stays. What we can control is feeling connected to the inside space, to our inner foundation that is inside all of us, of strength. And the more we connect with that, again, through these practices of being really present, and connecting with ourselves and meditating, that’s how we can start to feel true safety and security because everything on the outside’s always going to change. Time is going to go by. Circumstances are going to change.
Kimberly: But the one constant, and this is the truth that has come from Eastern thinking, it’s come from Buddhism and Hinduism and yoga and the great yoga masters, is the inner stillness and the inner strength. And that is one of the reasons that all the great yogis, all these masters have always talked about going within for solace, going within for security. And the more we can rely on that, the less we worry about everything that’s going on in the outside world. Of course, we informed. Of course, we take precautions. But that’s not where we’re trying to get security in a place that cannot really be had.
Question 4: The first three weeks, I was stressed. But now I’m going out of my mind with anxiousness. The whole family being home, feeling confined, and having to keep everyone and everything in a happy state of mind has really worn me out. How can I remain balanced amongst this chaos?
Katelyn: Yes, so true. Well, I think Alice’s question here, she’s living in Georgia, will kind of sum up the show. She’s saying, “The first three weeks, I was stressed. But now I’m going out of my mind with anxiousness. The whole family being home, feeling confined, and having to keep everyone and everything in a happy state of mind has really worn me out. How can I remain balanced amongst this chaos?”
Kimberly: Alice, thank you so much for your question. I send you a big virtual hug. I want to put my arm around you and sit with you, which we can do virtually. I can feel you. I know that it’s a lot with a family, as someone that is home with Bubby and my husband and we’ve been sheltering together. There’s a lot of energy, not just with ourselves, but with whoever we’re sheltering with, whether it be a friend, a roommate, a family member, a loved one. Or again, if we’re with ourselves, that in and of itself is also confrontational.
Kimberly: So I want to first bring up that as parents, as mothers especially, as fathers, we feel responsible. We can feel responsible for the feelings and the needs of other people. And to an extent, we have influence over that. I have found through my own experience, and again, through teachings of the great masters, that the best, most powerful way to influence everybody else’s energy is to work on your own. So if you keep your practices, Alice, your morning ritual, you’re making your hot elixirs, you’re taking care of yourself, you’re eating healthy, you’re finding time to journal, to meditate, whatever it is within the four cornerstones, your vibration becomes so powerful. It’s very comforting to be around someone who is grounded.
Kimberly: And your kids, your husband, parents, whoever you’re sheltering with, will feel you vibrationally. And that in turn is going to influence their energy. So it’s not about running around. It goes back to the thing we talk about a lot, being versus doing. If you can be that grounding energy by working on your sense of presence and your practices to stay grounded, you will positively impact everybody in the household. And shifting away from all I have to do more, I have to set up more activities and run around and do this, and do this, and do this, that’s going to really wear you out. I just think more than ever, and we know we get so many questions from parents and mothers who, it’s hard to find that balance sometimes between giving to yourself, giving to your kids.
Kimberly: I have struggled with a lot too, especially this time where Bubby’s not in preschool. I had to get over guilt of not playing with him every second. And what it’s created is more independence, where he’s okay to play by himself. He talks to himself. He makes his own little creative games, K. And it’s okay for me to be sitting there reading something or meditating next to him for whatever, 20 minutes, or whatever it is. And he’s playing by himself, I had to get over this idea of I have to just micromanage and control everything and make him happy. And you realize, oh, when I really do take care of myself, he feels that. And that’s so nurturing to the family and to children.
Kimberly: So I will say, Alice, work on your practices, like this exercise we have taught before, which is to get out a piece of paper, make a square or a rectangle. Put food, body, emotions, spirit, in each of the corners. Or maybe pick one simple practice that you can use in your own life to elevate your energy and your life. Maybe it’s going back to GGS, going for a walk every day, spending five minutes journaling, doing a 10 minute meditation. Or you start to see where you need to really focus on one area to get balance back in your life. It could be reintroducing a yoga practice, or meditation practice, or spending a little bit more time with healthy eating, or whatever it is. So I just want you to not feel like you’re responsible for everyone with more doing, but focus on the being. And focus on yourself nurturing, and I promise that will benefit everyone, Alice.
Katelyn: Think that was a great way to end, just to remind ourselves that when that guilt comes up, to put it in check. We often feel guilty about a lot of things. Right?
Katelyn: And we aren’t necessarily … What’s the word? It’s just not needed, but we put it on ourselves. So I think that’s so important to bring up during these times. And we are trying to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, so thank you for that.
Kimberly: Do you ever do that, K? Do you ever feel like I’m not doing enough to keep, not yourself, but your husband, to keep him happy?
Katelyn: Yeah. I mean, even my parents. Do I Face Time them enough? Because my mom’s texting me, she misses me, because I have guilt leaving the family. My sister is a teacher, and she’s struggling with the transition working from home. So even not just who’s with me, just people I care about, I’ll feel guilt. And then even my husband, just making sure. Am I doing enough in the relationship, et cetera? So I think it’s so, so normal. I think everybody does it, even if they’re not attuned to it, as we mentioned. So I think even just bringing light to a lot of this stuff, people might’ve had light bulbs going off, or just going, “Oh, I can give myself … ” Sometimes it’s nice just to give ourselves permission to take a break. It’s okay. So with that K, is there anything that’s come up in your mind that you want to leave as your inspirational thought of the week?
Thought of the Week
Kimberly: Yes. So here’s a quote, which comes from the Dalai Lama. I reference so much Eastern teachers, all kinds of teachers, but I really do resonate a lot with Eastern teachings and philosophy. So this comes from our friend, the Dalai Lama. And he writes, “If you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best for the sake of everyone to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” So remember, we’re all connected. We all influence each other. There is a collective energy on the planet. And this is a wonderful time to tune back in, to focus, as our friend the Dalai Lama, is saying, to restore yourself, to really put the practice of presence in your daily life.
Kimberly: Before, it might’ve been like, oh, meditation sounds nice, and it sounds great. And I’m going to take this class here and there. But this is where we live the teachings. This is an opportunity to really grow and expand. So I would encourage you to … We’re all in imposed withdrawal right now, so it’s a great time to work on restoring yourself, to connecting with yourself. And hopefully, this is a time of great healing, which we will see on the other side, in getting to know yourself better through everything. I really feel the energy of the community. I know that we all need each other a lot right now, so I want to remind you of some of the resources we have.
Kimberly: First of all, I’m doing a live Solluna Circle time every day on Instagram Live at noon Pacific Standard Time. So come join me, we will sit together. We will share, and you could ask me questions. We have our Four Cornerstones e-Book, which Katelyn mentioned, which is a really great jumping off point deep into this lifestyle. We have free meditations, free recipes, really wonderful products as well over at mysolluna.com, to enhance your overall wellbeing and your immunity and your strength. So check out all these different resources. We are always here for you. You can always ask questions. K, now we made it even easier on the website. I believe it’s on the homepage.
Katelyn: Yep. If you are over on mysolluna.com, the top tab, there’s now podcasts. If you just hover over that, there’s a drop down for the Ask Kimberly, so you can just click on that and submit your questions easier than ever, so we’re hoping you guys head over there and do that because it’s so important to keep the pulse on the community and what you want us to talk about.
Kimberly: Amazing. Well, thank you so much, K, for gathering the questions, for being a loving, steady presence in our community. We call you Earth Mama because K is so grounded. And thank you, Beauties, no matter you may be nestled, I wish you love, and that you are cozy, and just sending you a huge hug. We’re so connected. I love our community. I’m very grateful for it. I’m grateful for you. So thank you again so, so much. And we will be back here Monday for our next interview podcast. Until then, take great care of yourself. Lots and lots of love, and see you back here soon.