Moving into the New Year I realize I get to say goodbye to some of the most life changing experiences which changed me forever. First and foremost the birth of our daughter, Gemma, was a gift that has made me a better mother and expanded my heart more than I could have imagined. Gemma’s presence has added a layer of richness, love and selflessness that we all feel The other blessing (and curse) was my husband going to Boston for 5 months to make the movie, Joy. The greatest gift of our marriage is the support we offer to each other day in and day out, but it also comes with an added layer of stress for me being pregnant alone with two kids and for him working around the clock being away from his wife and kids from January to May. For me, being able to watch him create and work on a project he loves and believes in and him getting to watch me co-create, One Potato, made 2015 one of the greatest years of our lives.
As we move into 2016, though, we know we need to make some dramatic changes for ourselves and family. After both working so hard on our businesses while not allowing our jobs to interfere with our children’s needs and wants became a big stress in 2015. I found myself being truly overwhelmed at times trying to stay afloat. Not only did I have a baby growing in my belly, but also tension growing all over trying to keep my ahead above water with so many daily details that left me with little sleep and an extra thick layer of anxiety.
When Aetna asked me to look at stress in my life, I was thrilled to think about new ways to deal with it. As our family moves in 2016 we’re all going to pay close attention to our stress, even with the kids. We have been showing them how to stop their bodies, close their eyes and focus on their breath allowing any negative thoughts and feelings to disappear. Stress has damaging effects on health and reducing stress can boost wellbeing, even in kids. Our hopes are to slow down in life and take in all of the gifts given to us including our health, time together and giving ourselves a break letting go of judgement and being as present as possible as we move throughout our day!
This post was sponsored by Aetna, who believes health is about the body and the mind. Stress can affect emotional and physical health, and reducing stress can boost wellbeing. As part of their #Mindful30 challenge, the views and opinions expressed in my posts on the topic of mindfulness are my own, not Aetna’s. To learn more about mindfulness, visit aetnamindfulness.com.