I couldn’t stop the tears. It was as if there was a dam keeping my emotions in place and after a challenging accounting experience, it busted open. And the tears flowed with a kind of ferocity that left me a blubbering basket case.

I sobbed, thinking “I just don’t know if I’m cut out for this. Nutritionist, YES! Accountant, not even slightly.” So, then I cried some more.

And then there was this moment in between sobs, where I thought to myself “What the heck is going on here???” And when reflecting on my week, I realized that I straight up did not get enough rest, movement or fun. I hadn’t stockpiled any resources to help me be resilient in the face of stress. Whoops.

But instead of beating myself up over this overworked week, I asked myself “What do I need right now?” And that compassionate pause allowed me to come up with some self-soothing next steps, and pretty simple ones I’d say.

I called my Mom (because who else will answer a snotty FaceTime call?), snuggled with a hot water bottle, and went to bed at 8:00pm. And you know what? Life felt a whole lot lighter in the a.m.

My hope in sharing this experience is to highlight the importance of acquiring tools to help us feel taken care of before, during and after times of stress.

I want you to know that self-care and self-soothing activities fall on a spectrum, and that there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to take care of yourself.

Deep breathing – beautiful, getting your groceries delivered – excellent, bookmarking weird things on the internet that make you laugh – yes!!

And if you’re reading this thinking you have no idea what tools are best for you – start by simply pondering what nourishing “me time” could look like. Start there.

I’ve also listed a few links to help inspire your self-care toolkit, just in time for the holiday hoopla:

Know you need sleep but your busy brain won’t shut off? You could try adding some lavender into the mix. Here’s how.

Merry & Bright – a FREE series offering three juicy, practical guidelines to help you make this year’s holiday season more about what you love and less about stress.

Five things that never fail to uplift & inspire me.

Women, Food and God Coloring Book – Gorgeous black-and-white illustrations are paired with quotes from Geneen Roth in this inspirational and relaxing coloring book.

Your Hygge Handbook: A FREE 11-page, step-by-step plan to make this winter feel cozy, social, even fun.

Love list

EatingHoliday Spiced Nut Mix, Chocolate Bark with Coconut and Sea Salt, Feta Garlic Brussel Sprouts, Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas & Kale

SippingGolden Milk aka Turmeric Tea, Strawberry Ginger Smoothie

ReadingMetabolism 101 (Blog), The Beauty Myth, Embody

ListeningLove Food Podcast, Stop Breathe & Think Meditation App

We’re all in this together, xo

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