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The Final Third of 2023

Three more months to 2024. Imagine that! Each year September to December usually poses a challenge to the emotional and mental health of most people. I am hoping this page gives you some preparation for then. Those of you around for a while - have this down! To the new folks - you may not believe it (so start observing) or if you do, it will take some time and a ton of habit-creating to incorporate these practices in your life. Go slowly and what resonates go with that!

If you are tired (or soul-weary) find rest, as a depleted system will open you up to being more affected. Here is a great article on types of rest: https://blog.trello.com/7-types-of-rest

Image by Pelly Benassi
  1. Make sure to have any special wearable items re-blessed and wear daily (e.g., jewellery, scarves, pins, etc.)

  2. Burn your natural incenses (try to avoid white sage as it is almost on an endangered list). Dried rosemary is excellent. If you can find myrrh, frankincense, guggul, copal, etc., use those

  3. LOTS of deep belly breathing/box breathing (see below for a tack of me walking you through a deep breathing exercise)

  4. Make meaningful and mindful prayer or meditation part of your day

  5. Have your physical homes, vehicles and if possible business places or office spaces – cleaned, cleared and re-blessed

  6. If your gut tells you that a person or situation is NOT for you – heed that. RUN.

  7. As much I don’t want people to be any less social, keep your shields up as you go about your day, especially in public and shared spaces

  8. We must be empathetic and kind to others, but watch your emotional, physical and energetic boundaries as you attempt to help others

  9. I have given instruction over the years to many of you for ways to clear – please increase that

  10. More time spent in nature will do well. Your garden, yard or just next to a plant. Be like my mom - take in the sunlight, starlight and moonlight

  11. Move your body – dance, exercise, yoga – it moves energy and it grounds energetically. Even stomping your feet can help

  12. Take note of what the people around you are bringing into your home: spouses, kids, parents, friends, neighbours, relatives

  13. Stay hydrated

  14. Epsom salt foot baths are good for you

  15. Eat grounding foods (see image below)

  16. Other grounding foods include protein from chicken and fish (HSPs need more protein in their diets)

  17. Be sure to take your supplements and medicines. Check with your doctor as you may need to switch these up. Some options to include would be Ashwagandha or 5-HTP. Research these and speak with your doctor or pharmacist about if they are a good fit for you

  18. Your foundation of body and mind are your best tools: get enough sleep! There is a video below using binaural beats to support sleep

  19. Journaling, colouring, collaging, essential oils, breath-work, massage, and/or self-massage should now be part of your weekly/monthly routine. Think of other soothing activities that can keep you mentally and physically grounded

  20. Lessen any negativity as much as you can: i.e., news, “unclean” music (music with dirty or violent lyrics basically), social media, and hold your tongue in certain circumstances. Exercise appropriate responsibility.

Deep BreathOraine Ramoo
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