Dr. Orna’s Holidays Stress Less Vitamin N Challenge

It’s two days before Thanksgiving and even though my plans are pretty mellow, I’m starting to feel the stress creeping into my body. This morning it woke me up, feeling like tendrils of tension wrapping around my throat and heart.

My still-half-sleeping brain began noodling on the question of what to do about it. And I thought, if Nature is the best medicine, what about committing to spending time out in it each day until the holiday craziness is safely past?

And then I thought, wouldn’t this be easier, more joyful and more effective if a bunch of us did it together?

And so I bring you my very first Vitamin N (nature) Challenge, which you can join on Facebook here.

Each day between now and January 2 I’m committing to a minimum of 7 intentional minutes with Nature as a way to tame my holiday stress.

Will you join me?

The rules: Since this is about reducing stress, the goal is to keep it simple and manageable. Say hi to an urban street tree for a few minutes. Put yourself into an amazing vista. Tickle whatever’s alive in your garden. Walk along a creek, river or beach. Get to wilderness, if doing so won’t increase your stress. And if you live in a deeply rural setting? Just take that 7 minutes a day to be in and appreciate some aspect of your landscape.

It all counts if you do it purposefully — as a commitment to connecting to nature, ideally outdoors, to reduce your holiday (or other) stress.

I’ll be taking and posting pictures of my daily Nature time to the Facebook group because 1) it’s fun and 2) it will hopefully inspire you. Please share your own pictures, stories and questions!

So here’s to a smooth slide through the upcoming season. Thank you for getting into Nature with me.

 

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Let’s talk about procrastination.

Let’s talk about procrastination. You know the feeling, right?

Most of us have had the experience: There’s something we should do, maybe even something we want to do, but it’s so hard to get started. Things just get in the way. We get distracted. We try to push ourselves, but that just kind of makes it worse. Eventually we get around to it, but it feels like slogging through molasses. And usually it’s fine once we actually do get started. We probably even enjoy the doing of it. It’s just getting there that can be such a strain.

When I talk about what it feels like when flower essences work, I usually describe it as the sense that the negative feelings just sort of evaporate.

In the case of procrastination, what is it that’s holding us back? Fear of failure? Fear of success? Feeling that we’re overloaded? Feeling we’re not good enough? All those things get in the way. And essences can help in all those areas.

Here’s an example: more “Let’s talk about procrastination.”