These words from my heart to yours, for those who are grieving and feeling loss at this time.
You may have lost someone you love this year. You may have lost someone, or those you love, and this festive season just isn't the same as it might have been, before. May you feel and know that my heart is with yours, always and every day, but especially at this time.
Every single experience calls for a holistic approach. I believe this is absolutely necessary, in my mind and heart, for anything and everything, as we are all unique and holistic individuals.
None of us are the same. We are as unique as our finger prints. There is no part of us that is the same as another. We may share similarities, as we do as human beings, but we are all so very different.
We read so much about the importance of a morning routine and practice - but do you ever wonder why? If you’re like me, I am curious about everything, and like to question things - ultimately to find and know what feels right for me.
It’s been shown through research and studies that a morning routine - and structure and routine in general - is supportive to bring calm to the day. If we are overwhelmed, stressed or anxious, a routine is calming and grounds us in something certain and sets us up to plan and know what’s coming next.
I don't know about you, but I certainly feel attuned to a somewhat, frantic energy online at the moment, with all the marketing messages encouraging us to all be more visible, to be seen, to amplify ourselves, share more of ourselves, in so many ways. It can feel exhausting if we allow it to. With all the changes to social media platforms, it can feel an interesting time to be online, especially if we have an online business.
Overthinking is something so many of us do. It can be harmful for our health and wellbeing. Overthinking, worrying and ruminating on things, can lead to stress, anxiety, even depression and other mental health issues. Overthinking can affect our immune system and make us more susceptible to illness. Overthinking can interrupt sleep and affect our energy levels and our mood. If we live with a health condition that we manage, overthinking can increase symptoms and pain, and it can become a vicious cycle. If we spend all our time in our heads, ruminating and overthinking about everything, we can create a lot of imbalance in our minds and bodies, but there are many things that can help and support us, and I mention just a few ways here.
The words we say to ourselves, the language we use, the choices we make, the foods we eat, the relationships we have, the ways we choose to practice and lean into what supports us and nourishes us - all of these things, and more, are vital for us to truly appreciate and love ourselves. To feel connected within, to feel self assured and confident in all the ways that are true and right for us.
My beautiful dad gifted me a camera for Christmas. One of those 'real' cameras that so many of us forget about with our iphones these days! I've had one on my 'wish list' for ages, feeling a desire to truly 'capture the light' in all the small things. Yesterday afternoon, I went for a very slow wander around my local streets, and just noticed all the small things, the tiny things, the beautiful things - and came home with photos of many so-called ordinary moments, but extraordinary when you really choose to see the light.
These words that are voiced so often in everything we read and hear. Words so many have said to me, "I can't stand this phrase", "I'm so tired of these words", and I know that feeling too. I always think about changing the word 'navigating' to something more uplifting, or positive - but then, I think it's just a realistic and honest way to describe how so many of us are feeling, and how these times just are. We are navigating these days, these times, still. We are taking each day as it comes, and finding our way through. And in reality, so many of us know this feeling of 'navigating' uncertainty in other ways too. Navigating a new normal through other life circumstances and experiences, some deeply changing, and ways we've learnt to carry ourselves through. I know this is true for me and it's not a phrase that's unfamiliar at all. Perhaps this has felt true for you.
Choose quality, compassionate and meaningful support, to begin your new year. I would love to support you to feel calm through uncertainty and change, embrace self care as your natural way of being, to thrive through life transitions, and to continually move forward and live the life you desire. Feel calm, connected and confident in every way.
Most of us know, and feel, that gratitude is a beautiful and supportive thing. But I wonder how many of us truly practice gratitude in a way that more deeply benefits ourselves, and others - our whole energy and our collective vibration. In these times especially, I know that gratitude is a powerful thing, and especially what I love to practice, which is intentional gratitude. Let me share a little about what this is and means, and I'd love to encourage you to practice this too and see how it feels for you, in every part of your life.
Katie Jane is a Holistic Therapist, Life Coach, Health Coach, Nutritionist, Naturopath, Meditation teacher, writer and author. Katie has been working in the wellness industry for over 15 years, in private practice and online, and brings all of these qualifications and skills, along with her own lived experiences through challenges, changes and transitions. Her approach to life and wellbeing is truly holistic and unique for each individual. She supports and coaches clients to make powerful changes, to feel calm through uncertainty and change, to embrace self care as a way of being, and to thrive through life transitions.