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Finding Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

I originally wrote this post in November 2020, in honour of Stress Awareness Week. The message is still relevant today. I don't know who needs to read this, but I hope it helps.

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” Isak Dinesen

What do you see when you look at this picture? Do you look and think “it’s well for them” or feel you could never do it?

Today 3rd of November with a few other women, I swam in the sea, in Ireland, the sun was shining it was a beautiful day and it was cold. Today I knew I needed to swim or dip or simply be in water. When I look at these and other pictures of our group of women swimming let me tell you what I see:

I see women who have come together to do something that brings enjoyment, challenge, icy cold moments, surrender, endorphins, stress relief and helps them to navigate the challenges they are facing at the moment.

I see women doing what they can to survive 2020 and look after their health whilst smiling, freezing and having a little fun along the way.

The last few weeks have been particularly challenging for many of us. Many people that I have spoken to are really struggling. I know many who have cried, myself included. As a watery cancerian crying is my release, it helps. So does swimming, so does talking, and so does Homeopathy, Nature, Self Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Meditation, Prayer, so does being gentle with myself, and recognising that I am human. I wrote this poem below a few years ago.

Through all of this we need to remember we are human and we need to never let go of our humanity. I am so grateful for all the tools that I have to help me navigate this time.

Be gentle with yourself.

Remember prevention is better than cure so do what you can to manage your stress and find release where you can. #StressAwarenessWeek

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