While some parts of the country are suffering from record heat and drought, my neck of the woods is practically underwater. We have had severe thunderstorms with winds approaching 60 miles an hour. The flowers are beaten down, branches are strewn all over and heavy rains have caused several roads to collapse. And we aren’t the only ones suffering from flooding. In some parts of California there have been massive mudslides and flash flooding.
The other extreme also consumes resources as wildfires destroy thousands of acres of forest, burn down neighborhoods and cause mass evacuations.
These extremes in weather cause stress, delays, and interrupt the normal flow of life.
The same is true when we expose our bodies, minds and spirits to an extreme lifestyle. Trying to be all things to all people all the time causes stress hormones to flood our bodies and keep us in a fight or flight mode. Not good. Without taking time to rest and refresh ourselves we suffer from a drought of sleep, exercise and solitude. Like a natural drought this inner drought causes burnout and destroys healthy cells and habits.
When you look at the news and see the damage that extreme weather is causing think of it as a metaphor for your life. What damage is your extreme lifestyle doing to you and to your loved ones.
And, if you are like me, you receive lots of blogs that give you 3 or 5 or 10 steps to achieve a more relaxing life. What I have found in my own life and practice as a life coach is that until we decide to take better care of ourselves no list of steps will help. The decision comes first. That decision can be fraught with lots of stops and starts, guilt and shame, excuses and justification of why we can’t do it. That is why a visual like the ones that are coming to us courtesy of extreme weather can serve as an impetus to begin making that decision.
Are you ready to start on that decision?