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Do You Need a Break?

Relaxation | Break

Do you need a break? I do.

With all the challenges I’ve faced and continue to face this year, I’m finding I don’t have the juice to write.  I could force myself to write, but the words wouldn’t be coming from my soul right now. Not that they always must, but I want them to, at least a good part of the time.

This year seems to be challenging many people.  According to one system of astrology, Saturn governs the year from March to March.

Saturn is known as the teacher, taskmaster, and lesson-giver, especially life lessons that result from past karma. Saturn doesn’t make things easy.  It confronts you with your patterns.  While that might be good on the long run, on the short run you might want to run away.

If your life has been rocky too, you might want to consider how you’re relating to the lessons that Saturn may be unceremoniously shoving in your face.

  • Are you shrinking from them?
  • Are you opening to them?
  • Are you being true to yourself?
  • Are you giving yourself extra care?
  • Do you need a break?

I know I need to care for and strengthen myself because I tend to be fragile and shatter easily.  However, I also bounce back, so don’t worry about me.  In the coming months, I especially want to see how I can become more resilient.

In terms of writing for you on Always Well Within, I’ll wait for my muse to return instead of pushing myself.  I want to write an in-depth article on emotional survival patterns, but I don’t know when.

I’ll still write and send out my monthly e-letter, Wild Arisings, at the New Moon. If you want to stay in touch, sign up here.  You’ll also receive access to the Always Well Within Library of free self-discovery resources — ebooks, mini-guides, and worksheets.

Here’s a list of some of the best posts from the last 12 months, in case you need extra support while I take a break.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.  Ironically, once I let go of any pressure to write, I often receive a deluge of inspiration.  Space and creativity strongly interlink in my life.  We’ll see how it goes this time.

Do you need a break?  Are you ready to take one or is something holding you back?

Thank you for your presence, I know your time is precious!  Don’t forget to sign up for my e-letter and get access to all the free self-development resources (e-books, mini-guides + worksheets) in the Always Well Within Library. May you be happy, well, and safe – always.  With love, Sandra

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52 Self-Discovery Questions That Will Free Your Mind and Heart

Self-Discovery Questions

Asking the right self-discovery questions can be a powerful way get to know who you really are, challenge false beliefs about yourself, and get clear about what you truly want for your life.

Most of us have been strongly conditioned by early childhood experiences.  So much so that we act out of unconscious patterns without stopping to question if they bring an enduring sense of happiness.

Thoughtful questions can interrupt these patterns, foster deep insight, and lead to positive change.

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5 Simple Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy Life

Friends, I’m exhausted.  I’m ready to slow down for awhile.The car accident in February, followed by a broken toe, our sick cat (going on two months now), and other unmentionable shocks have colluded to drain my reserves.

If you feel overwhelmed, burned out, or just too buzzy, maybe you’d like to try out a season of slow living too — at least for a little while.

You don’t have to stop completely.  You can slow down just a little, a little more, or a lot — whatever makes sense for you and your life right now.  If you do, you’ll likely find more enjoyment, more connection, and more relaxation awaiting you. Your health may even begin to improve too.

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21 Super-Easy Tiny Pleasures Guaranteed to Destroy Stress

Tiny Pleasures Dispel Stress

Everyday, you have so many tiny pleasures available to you that could serve as powerful antidotes to stress, if you’re willing to slow down and enjoy them.

Science tells us that stress can increase the desire for pleasure and lead to unhealthy behaviors like overeating and the full range of addictions.

Conversely, healthy pleasures, in small doses, can inhibit stress by reducing anxiety responses in the brain.  Tiny pleasures release feel good chemicals in the brain that can intervene in the stress response.  When you stack tiny pleasures, one upon the other, throughout the day, they can help you build resilience to stress as well.

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5 of the Best Self-Care Practices for Real Change

Deep Self-Care

Do you associate self-care with physical activities like a restorative nap, a soothing bath, or time in nature?  Maybe, to you, self-care means buying something nice for yourself, or pulling out a coloring book to reduce stress.

Physical self-care is important, indeed.  If you’ve established a healthy body care routine, you rock. It takes self-love, self respect, and determination to successfully do this.

But sometimes, physical self-care can be like a band-aid that falls off after a few days, before your wound is healed, if you never take the time to look deeply within. It doesn’t necessarily reverse unhealthy beliefs, debilitating thoughts, and disabling emotions.  In fact, your healthy routine might even fall away when you inner dictator gets the best of you.

A complete approach to self-care needs to include ways to heal your wounds, support a budding sense of positive self-esteem, and encourage you to express your own voice.

I call this deep self-care.

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Emotionally Absent Mother? How to Heal Childhood Emotional Neglect

Emotionally Absent Mother

I’m delighted to share an interview with author and psychotherapist Jasmin Lee Cori today.

Every child needs loving connections with others in order to grow into a healthy, happy and well-functioning adult.

Ideally, a feeling of secure connection begins in the womb and is cultivated through infancy, childhood, and adolescence as well.  Even in their pre-verbal years, children sense when connection isn’t forthcoming.

In response, they’ll adapt, but not necessarily in healthy ways. For many, this lack of connection leads to self-defeating emotional and behavioral patterns that continue to govern their lives long into adulthood, making happiness but a distant dream.

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