It’s a new month, but not much is changing in terms of our current socially distant situation. While COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in many places, the future continues to look unclear. One thing is for sure though, we’re going to be social distancing and staying home until at least May 1. So if you’ve been hesitant to settle into a new or different routine while WFH, self-isolating, etc. it’s time to lean in.

I’ve found myself getting down several times, feeling lazy, bored, restless, at times insane. I’ve found excuses to not work out, to not get dressed, or to avoid my to-do list, even though I’ve got nothing but time.

Then I started thinking about other times in my life when I’ve gotten down like this. When I was unhappy at work, feeling depressed about my long-distance relationship (thankfully we’re past that now), or just generally unsettled, I have fallen into some of these same habits. And then I remember something my mom always told me growing up…

Bloom where you’re planted.

It’s a powerful command when you think about it, easier said than done. It’s so easy to think that if circumstances were different, or if you could have or do this one thing, then you’d be successful, you’d complete that project, you’d reach that goal. But here’s the thing. You don’t now, nor will you ever have control over that. Just like right now, there is nothing we can do to change the situation or make this go by faster. All we can do is practice the safety guidelines we’ve been given and try to excel where we are….which is hopefully at home.

Now that it’s finally spring, the phrase has even more meaning for me right now. This is such a lovely time of year, when the sun starts to warm everything up again, new life erupts from the ground, and a sense of renewal washes over us (especially if you actually get to all that spring cleaning). As the flowers begin to bloom outside, I encourage everyone to find ways to bloom inside…whether that’s a new fitness challenge, a new health goal, a new gratitude practice…. see what you can do to embrace this moment and make the very most of every day.

Last year, when I was blooming in San Diego….

Did you know April is Stress Awareness Month?

That’s right, the month of April has been designated Stress Awareness month for the last 28 years, with support from the Stress Management Society. Here in America, nearly 80%(!!!) of adults report being stressed, making the U.S. one of the most stressed out countries in the world, according to the U.N. The sources range from money, to healthcare, to the country’s political and economic future, and of course a myriad of personal worries. But the point is, we are chronically stressed and that can take a major toll on our health over time.

So this month, I challenge everyone to take some time to reflect — think about how stressed out you might be, what is causing it, and what you can do about it. It is a tense time for everyone, so in light of this month of awareness, take a moment to be extra kind to yourself, and to others when you can, and be open about the ways you manage your stress. The data shows almost all of us are facing a similar struggle, so chances are, whatever you have to share will have a major positive impact on someone else.

This month, I’ll dive in a little more on the blog about my own personal experiences with stress and the coping mechanisms I’ve learned. Plus stay tuned for relaxation inspo including beauty DIY’s, soothing comfort food recipes, and herbal remedies to de-stress with the help of nature.

Sending everyone love and good vibes!

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