SpeakUp Newsletter - May 2018

May can be an exciting month.  The end of the school year is in sight, the weather draws us outside, and visions of summer begin to come into focus.  There is hope! But let's be honest, May can be stressful.  SOLs, final exams, recitals, tournaments, deadlines, all keep the cortisol levels high and the brain spinning at mach speed.  Personally, I find myself lying awake at night with a running list of all the things I forgot to take care of, and the list that I am worried I am going to forget for the next day.  It is amazing how many things I can come up with to worry about after midnight.  Sleep, precious sleep, why won't you come?

I ask you all to join me the month of May to slow the spinning.  Let's work together to invite the much needed and healthy sleep that nurtures and soothes our hearts and minds.  Let's start by ending our day with gratitude.  We share the common thread of stress and responsibilities that are not going anywhere.  What we have control over is our relationship to those responsibilities and stresses.  Perhaps if we quieted the unhealthy narratives our inside voice attaches to our stress, we could look at what's in front of us in a more intentional and purposeful way.  I challenge you to look for small opportunities in your day, to look up from the "weeds" and check for some sunshine.  It may come to you in the form of a simple smile from another human just going through their day the best they can.  Sleep tends to stay as far away when worry is present.  Let's invite gratitude, and our friend sleep will soon follow. 

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. - Lao Tzu 

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Rebecca Shigley