Autumn is here again! A season in which the days are becoming shorter and darker and it is getting wetter and colder. This change can trigger feelings of being out of balance, like having a cold, the flu, lacking energy for everyday tasks, or feeling anxious or depressed.
Yes, it is a fact that after Summer comes Autumn and that many people really dislike it. Most of us are affected by the change in seasons – it is normal to feel more cheerful and energetic when the sun is shining and the days are longer, or to find that you eat more or sleep longer in winter.
The other way to see it is that every season has a function. Summer invites us to go outwards and Autumn invites us to go inwards, to be with ourselves, to acknowledge that we’re overly busy. We are being encouraged to slow down and to restore the body.
To be able to deal with the seasonal change you can read some tips that I am following myself and it really helps me to align my mind and body stay centered and grounded in Autumn. These simple suggestions can help you to prevent having feelings of being out of balance and restore the connection with yourself.
Today I would like to talk about some aspects which are important to consider when we wish to create an aligned career. It is necessary to write about it, because I see many people and especially women trapped in a role or career that does not align with what they find important in their phase of their lives.
Many of us start to take decisions in their career when we are in our twenties. We start to choose our studies, our master and first jobs, based on what we think which is aligned with us. When clients work with me on a soul-centered career coaching program one of the first questions I ask is: "What drove you to choose your study or first jobs?" And their answer is that they do not know especifically. It happened. It landed in their laps and they went on with it.
In this blogpost I would like to talk about the importance of connecting with our body. Not just plainly our physical body with its anatomy, but our body as an entrance to our psyche using it as an instrument to experience our feelings rather then dealing with feelings with our minds.
First I would like to check with you the following: "How much are you aware of what you are feeling in this moment in your body?"
If you can grab a chair, and sit straight with your feet on the floor, then close your eyes to shut down the impressions from the outside world and I invite you to pay attention to your breathing.
You do not need to relax or become serious. Just close your eyes, pay attention to your breathing without wanting to change it. Follow the natural flow of your breath and give yourself a few minutes to sink in and connect with your body.
As you might know, from this year I am formalizing my professional network with the people I am collaborating with behind the scenes. I am working together with Shay Klomp-Bueters, an integrative nutritionist who has her own practice called Contagiously Healthy. She works with clients of mine who have challenges where the right food consumption is key to tackle them.
She has been suffering from burn-out a while ago and she focussed, amongst other things, on food to restore the broken balance within herself. In this blog you can read her advice on what to eat or not to eat while you are recovering from burn-out.
It has been a while that I have written a blogpost. It is one of the things that I enjoy doing but it never seems to be on top of my priority list. As other activities always ask my attention first. Client sessions, administration tasks, taking care of my boys. These activities are in the category urgent & important. I seem not to be able to dedicate time to the not urgent important activities.
I see that I am not the only one facing that challenge. My clients face it, my friends and many others. We pay mainly attention to the things that are important and urgent but less time to those things we find important and not urgent. These terms come from Stephen Covey and he uses these terms for managing your time in an effective way.