I woke up with an overwhelming urge to order the complete Dr. Seuss Collection for my wee ones. I am not exactly sure why but “Green Eggs and Ham” has been running through my mind all morning. I think I just woke up in one of those “silly” moods that set the tone for a very nice happy day.
Of course, the moment I set myself up for a happy day I check my email and there is one from a reader who is simply not very happy not having a constant steady stream and more detailed information on treating hypothyroidism. I thought about what she said, started a post on the truth about fructose (which I promise I will finish) and then decided…. “No, it’s Sunday and I am going to go “waste time” with my family.” I might even have a cupcake! (I will pay for it later, of course, but I will enjoy every little bite while eating it!)
Dear readers, let me stress the importance of BALANCE in your life; of taking time to revel in small moments that are not full of “stuff to do”. If you ever want to know why your adrenals are shot, take a look at how much free time you have and what you do with that free time. When was the last time you stepped away from your computer, went outside (sans sunscreen), and just sat on the grass with your husband and kids? How long ago was it that you slept in? What was your last memory of just “chillin’ “? Oh I am not talking about vegging out in front of the TV. That doesn’t count. I am talking about consciously making the choice to spend some quality leisure time either with your family or yourself not thinking about the housework, work projects, gardening (unless that is your passion) or all those emails gathering in your inbox.
I understand many of you come to my site hoping to learn how to feel better, how to nourish your bodies to create perfect health but I feel it necessary, after that email, to remind you of a few things. First, and most importantly, is the fact that to be able to feel better, to nourish your adrenals which will balance every other system in your body, you must learn how to SLOW DOWN. You must learn the value NOW of “il dolce far niente” (the sweetness of doing nothing!). This is the absolute most important step #1 in extreme self-care which is precisely what is needed to start the healing process.
The second thing I must remind you of is that I am a living breathing human being myself growing three more living breathing human beings. I have a punishing schedule of consultations, writing, and speaking that often leaves me last on my list so when I decide to take time to do “nothing” please don’t take offense that I haven’t continued a series of important posts because- know this- I will get back to them but they take a lot of time and effort to put this information together in a format that is somewhat more understandable to someone who hasn’t spent their life studying biochemistry or medicine. Sometimes even I get overwhelmed.
So today I am going to take Dr. Seuss’s advice (#7) and go climb my mountain. I suggest you do the same!