Life is continuing at a very fast pace, and this is the time of year when I begin to feel symptoms of emotional exhaustion. The simplest tasks seem to take a lot of effort, I just want to lie on the sofa and do nothing, and I can barely comprehend the regular routine of being a mother and freelancer. Death has visited again recently, and while I am not directly affected, I feel the weight of grief and emotional stress from my friends as they work through the events that have occurred.
I would like to retreat from social life and take time to sit alone in meditation, but that is not practically possible right now. I can take five minutes here and there before someone comes looking for me, but true peace will evade me until such time as I am properly alone.
My reiki practice has developed sufficiently that I have learned methods to use during the day. Simple cleansing exercises like dry bathing, deep breathing and drinking water rather than coffee can make a huge difference to my emotional state. I don’t always adhere to these principles, much as I know they can help, but I at least have the knowledge to help myself when life becomes too difficult.
I want to be present for my friends and family. But first I must be present for myself, prepare to engage with a world full of demands, and learn to step back before I crumble under the pressure. We will get through this.
Catherine is the author of the adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels and also The Darkness of Love, She has short stories published in YA anthologies, freelance articles on various industry websites, and contributes to her personal blog, and her author blog .