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Relish the moment

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“Be careful what you wish for.” That’s the admonition we receive when we think things are better on the other side. How many times do we find out they’re not?

As 2016 drew to a close, I couldn’t wait for it to be over. My dear grandmother died last year and experiencing the first holidays without her was not going to be easy.

But then 2017 came around, and that saying became all too true.

The first few weeks moved slowly, but then before I knew it, it was almost Halloween and department stores were putting up their early holiday decorations. Where did 2017 go?

There are eight weeks left to the year and it’s been a roller coaster ride geopolitically.

As a journalist, every day there’s something new to track down, something new to follow, something new to exhaust you. There’s no time to recover from focusing on a hurricane's damage before there’s a mass shooting to take your attention.

Sometimes you have to get away from it all to recharge and get centered.

This summer, a web developer shared on social media her boss’ response to her email about taking a mental health day. The post went viral.

Why did her boss’ praise of a mental health day resonate? Maybe it’s because we don’t take time for ourselves. We keep going and going until we break. That’s no way to have a healthy life. You hear it all the time, “you are your own best advocate.”

It’s true. No one else is going to save you. Only you can.

Take a few moments to find a quiet place. Breathe deeply and let your worries fade away. Yes, it's easier said than done. But for that moment in time, you are in control. Relish that moment. Allow yourself to be whole.

By Nicole L. Gill, Digital Content Editor, CouncilMag.com

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