How does it feel when we are stuck with being with ourselves with an unknowable amount of space and time? What do we do and how uneasy does it feel when we are left alone with only our thoughts and chatty minds?
During this time of isolation, I've noticed how much chatter I've digested from the outside world. When you peel layer by layer of words that aren't yours in the quietness of your own space before you can get to the real you, your own voice, the depth of your own heart, and a calm mind. No wonder why we are such anxious humans!
I've witnessed my urges to be productive in this space, to resist the slowing down, because who wants to be alone with their thoughts? Who wants to sit and face their fears and anxieties? I've noticed that a lot of my stress comes from the pressure I put on myself to get things done, deadlines and lists that I make up in my head which are usually unreasonable for the amount of work that goes into them.
And in this period of slowing down, I've noticed that being productive can actually mean many things. Some days productivity may look like updating the website, writing a newsletter, doing a distance reiki session, but it can also look like finishing a book, or connecting with a friend, or going for a walk outside, or taking a bath.
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Mandee Metzger is the Creator and Founder of Inner Light Botanicals. She has studied and practices Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Crystal Healing, Reiki, and Integrative Nutrition and is a huge advocate for mental health awareness and feeling your feelings. She believes in the power of a smile, positivity, and the healing journey. She also believes in the power of integrating self-care into our daily life in small moments. And she believes in the power of the energy we put out into this world to transform lives and our planet. Find her simple self-care practices and mindful lifestyle on her YouTube channel, Mindfulness with Mandee.