Wellness Pearls

22 December 2020

The Three A’s to Dealing with the Holidays: COVID Edition

Despite the good cheer that they bring, holidays can and do often dial up stress.  As we move through a holiday season unlike any we have ever seen, here are three pointers for managing it:

Agency

You get to decide how you want to lead yourself, how you want to show up.  You can take command of the few things you do self-govern.  Your bedrock habits: sleep, movement, real food, mindful practice and whatever else keeps you grounded.  You have more agency over your life than you often realize.

Agility

A boxer ducks and weaves and will get injured if he stays fixed in one position.  If you stay fixed on your ideas, traditions and “shoulds,” you will surely break.  We can change our expectations for how something “used to be” (or should be).  Re-imagine how this one time, you could do something you have never done before or hold onto one important tradition and modify it.  Accept (without the need to like) what is. You can approach your inner life mindfully and productively.

Attention

What are you thinking about or focusing on?  Are you watering the weeds or the garden?  Carefully curate what you let into your life (media, ruminating thoughts).  You can learn to direct your attention (brain) in a way that serves you.  Energy goes where the energy flows, and you get to decide where your attention goes.  With practice, you can regulate your mind. Selectively paying attention is a form of intelligence.

Here is to a beautiful 2021!

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

– Viktor Frankl

Documentary Mania  is a website  with hundreds of free documentaries – Check out a few I have loved.  Free Solo– about the first person to free climb Yosemite’s El Capitan wall.  The Magic Pill, follows a group of ill people all over the globe and puts them on a stone age diet.  The transformation is remarkable. The Cove is a beautifully shot Oscar and Academy Award-winning film on a cruel dolphin hunting practice that has caused international outrage.

2 Responses

  1. MK Gardenswartz

    Love your blog Eileen! You inspire me to keep moving forward during these wierdo times. “My Octopus Teacher” on Netflix is another excellent docu style film you might enjoy too. Merry Christmas to your beautiful family xo MK Gardenswartz

    1. Eileen O'Grady

      Thank you my friend. I remember you were with me when I discovered I was expecting my second child— you imprinted on me! Thank you for the Octopus rec….I am on it. I hope you guys truly enjoy where you live this holiday season. Love to you and the fam. HUGS Eileen

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