Have you ever experienced a birthday hangover? And I don’t mean the alcoholic kind of hangover. I’m talking about the buildup of energy you experience sometimes when exciting things are happening, like, a milestone birthday, a promotion at work, or completing a degree.
I feel like I have been riding the wave of infinite flow lately, to the point where it feels like a tsunami. Not in a destructive kind of way, but with the same intensity.
In the last four weeks or so, I started my own radio show on Positive Living Vibration (PLV) Network (please click HERE for details); I have been invited to be a writing contributor to Women as Visionaries with Lore Raymond – an online magazine on Facebook (check out my posts as well as some other phenomenal and inspiring writers HERE); I have been seeing tremendous results in the work I’ve been doing with my clients; I restructured my whole business to better serve my clients (more deets to come); I have been nominated for the Extraordinary Start-up Entrepreneur Go Getter Award; and… I just celebrated my 40th birthday this week! To say that my life has been on an upsurge is an understatement!
But, just like with anything in life, the ocean just as it flows, it ebbs, and the day after my birthday I woke up with a “birthday hangover”. The intensity of the energy that has been helping me ride the wave – think Duke Kahanamoku riding the perfect wave on the North Shore of Oahu – eventually gave way to an intense need to go into a cave and rest.
I have written before about the ebb and flow of life and how important it is to allow yourself to be in the energy of the ebb. Your mind and your body need time to process and integrate all of the insights, experiences, lessons that your heart and soul are going through. Without that time for reflection, you will eventually crash and burn and the recouping time will be much longer and usually filled with frustration and confusion, which can end up leading to a subtle state of depression.
So if you are ever in a situation where the wave has finally reached the shore and you’re being invited to lay in the sand and enjoy the warm sun on your back, I suggest you do it. Here are some steps you can take to allow your mind and body the respite it needs before jumping into the water again ~
- If you are able to, take the day off and just sit and do only those things that your heart is guiding you to do (and sometimes it’s doing nothing)
- Take some time to check in with your Higher Self in meditation and see if it has any guidance for you to help you enjoy this time
- Write – take your journal and just write what you’re feeling. I spent some time doing that and ended up writing two poems that described how I was feeling (read below)
- Get back to basics – clean your house, put the laundry away, organize. Sometimes doing these mindless things actually increase your energy because it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you’re done + it grounds you into simplicity which eases your emotions
- Take a break from social media. I have lots and lots of friends whom I connect through social media. I love them even though I’ve never met most of them personally. As much as I receive from and contribute to them, sometimes all I really need and want is to connect with myself and my kids and husband and be fully present with them without wondering what’s going on in my virtual world.
By the way, I’m very much looking forward to this new decade and having my 40s be the best decade yet! I can definitely say that I’m 40, Fabulous, and Thriving!
Whether you are celebrating a milestone or just simply riding the wave of infinite flow in whatever you’re creating in your life, just remember that life ebbs and flows and there’s a season for everything, even if this season only lasts one day before you’re back paddling into the big wave. Ride on!
I would love to hear how you cope with transitional periods in your life. Just leave a comment and let’s have a conversation.
Much Love ~