A lot of thought is focused on Christmas presents right now.  What to get, how many to get, will they like it, and so on.  I too fall victim to this. It’s a big part of the Christmas morning magic, watching your loved ones open the presents with so much excitement.

I very recently have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that I’m having to piece through and learn what my new “normal” will be like. I won’t lie, this has been scary.  I am the type of person that believes that there is an underlying lesson and reason for why things happen.  Some things, we may personally never understand.  This diagnoses, I do feel is meant to be a wakeup call for me.

My family is my world.  I love my two boys SO much and have an amazing husband.  With this autoimmune disease, in order to continue to give my all to my family, I need to take care of myself.  I have been improving our diet, decreasing the toxins in our household, but do need to work on “chilling out” and being present.  I tend to fall victim to having a million things going on in my mind at once.  This isn’t healthy, at least not for me.  So, here is what I’ve started doing that has helped:

Yoga, meditation, prayer, using my Spoonk mat, smile when feeling overwhelmed (seriously, this has helped), & be okay with not getting everything I had planned for the day done