When I left for the airport a couple of weeks ago, the car said that it was one degree outside. Seven hours later when I arrived in Belize, it was 90 degrees with 85% humidity. My body nearly went into shock, the difference was so extreme. It took me about three or four days to adjust and have the weather not feel oppressive.
Last Sunday, we turned our clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Saving Time. While it’s great to have it stay lighter later, the change messes with my internal clock something fierce. I’m usually exhausted, a bit cranky, and feel out of sorts. It takes me about four days to get settled.
These two recent experiences reminded me of the importance of the adjustment period. Instead of expecting yourself to dive right in to a new location or situation, it’s more loving to allow your energy to catch up with your new reality.
Have you ever seen a photograph where someone is running and there are colored streaks behind them? Think of that as your energy field. Now imagine that person coming to a screeching halt, as the streaks disappear and reenter the person.
When you are thrown into a new situation, your spirit needs time to adjust. By not giving yourself that space, your energy field can get blocked. These blocks can lead to aches and pains, feelings of frustration or agitation, and even illness.
Watch your expectations when you find yourself in a new situation. Can you be loving and patient? Can you remind your Little One that he or she is safe? Can you allow yourself some time to settle?
Whether you’ve gotten laid off from a job, recently moved, changed the focus of your business, lost a loved one, or arrived at your vacation destination or home from a time away, the priority in acclimating is stillness and quiet versus action.
By allowing yourself some time and space to settle into a new normal, you’re much better equipped to be present, to communicate your needs clearly, and to stay healthy.
I’d love to hear from you. What transition are you currently going through? How can you incorporate some calm and peacefulness during this time of change? Join the conversation in the comments below.