We are not passive outsiders to nature. The natural world is as much a part of us as we are a part of it. It’s no wonder that spending time amongst its regrowth, resiliency and beauty can encourage us to find lessons and remedies that improve our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
All of us at various points within our lifetime will experience events, challenges, changes and difficulties that negatively impact our mental health. Struggling and needing help from time to time makes us human, and we are not alone.
When life is a bit of a struggle and difficulties sometimes linger, or things don't quite turn out how we planned, it's encouraging to receive a little reminder that better times are ahead. We may have to work at it and even ask for help, but change will be ready when we are. Being kind to ourselves in times of stagnation, change or upheaval etc represents an act of resiliency and self-love -- we're worth it.
Every so often life just sucks. Many things can change, be disrupted, hurt and weigh heavy. It's typical to experience highs and lows, happiness and sadness, progress and regression -- we all require a little help from time to time -- but navigating whatever it is that's causing us difficulty can't always be soothed with positive vibes.
With the beginning of a new year, many people look to improve their health, wellbeing and spirituality in the hopes of finding healing, growth and purpose -- and it's natural to look for something to use or try out that may help things along. For some, deciding to smudge (the cleansing of a person or space by burning plant material such as sage, palo santo, cedar, sweetgrass, etc) can seem like a positive step -- but there are some things you should be mindful of before you start.
Personal boundaries are important for maintaining our overall wellbeing. We need them in our lives to make sure we don't get overwhelmed and to help us navigate our day-to-day in a healthy, positive way. So how do we utilize them and make sure they are respected?
It can be easy to believe that something we're working through or struggling with won't get any better or that the weight we're carrying will only become heavier. For a time, it will feel like things may never blossom, improve, or be fulfilled -- but we haven't overcome everything that's crossed our path so far for this to be where opportunity, growth and love stops. There are more good things to come.
Emotional healing can be rest, it can be careful reflection. It can be self-care, confrontation, silence, therapy, exercise and many other things. It’s as individual as we are. There’s no right way to do it, no set timeframe, it’s not even linear. How we piece ourselves back together looks and feels different for everyone — but it is a quiet teacher that will show us all the way forward.