I was aching for a day of COVID quarantine. And then this happened...

I was aching for a day of COVID quarantine. And then this happened…

Emily Colwell Anxiety, Back to School, Inner Peace, Micro-Moment Reset, Mindfulness, Stress Leave a Comment

“Guys, do you know what I would give to have just ONE day of COVID quarantine again?!” That’s exactly what I said to a bunch of parents on the sidelines of my younger daughter’s soccer practice last week. What I didn’t know was that my oldest daughter would be diagnosed with COVID the very next day. And her sister two days later.

What If It Turns Out We CAN Choose Ease More Often Than We Believe?

What If It Turns Out We CAN Choose Ease More Often Than We Believe?

Emily Colwell Anxiety, Back to School, Inner Peace, Micro-Moment Reset, Mindfulness, Stress Leave a Comment

I’ll bet certain experiences quickly take you far away from ease. In those moments, it’s like a different part of you takes over, convincing you there’s only one way to handle the situation and there’s no choice but for it to be difficult, right? But what if it turns out we CAN choose ease more often than we believe?

A Surprise Stress Reliever That Involves Only Five Minutes of Fun.

A Surprise Stress Reliever That Involves Only Five Minutes of Fun.

Emily Colwell Anxiety, Easy, Five Minutes of Fun, Micro-Moment Reset, Stress Leave a Comment

Something unexpected happened last week. I was snuggling in bed with my 6-year-old daughter, doing our nighttime routine: reading a book (which I got REALLY into!!), rubbing her back, and kissing her goodnight. In the middle of reading, we got into a silly conversation and started making up new words to songs on the radio like, 🎵 🎶 “I had a dream I was licking ice cream off the sidewalk on my day off…” 🎶 🎵

PART 2: How to Lower the Bar and Finally Succeed in Self-Care.

PART 2: How to Lower the Bar and Finally Succeed in Self-Care.

Emily Colwell Inner Dialogue, Anxiety, Authentic Self, Inner Judge Judy, Micro-Moment Reset, Self-Care Leave a Comment

But you know what changed my experience with this? When I lowered the bar. Yup. I changed my expectations. The ONLY thing I asked myself to do was to notice what it FELT like in my body when I made the choice to stay downstairs when I REALLY wanted to be climbing into bed. And I only asked myself to notice this for micro-moments. That’s it.

How to Lower the Bar and Finally Succeed in Self-Care.

PART 1: How to Lower the Bar and Finally Succeed in Self-Care.

Emily Colwell Inner Dialogue, Anxiety, Authentic Self, Inner Judge Judy, Micro-Moment Reset, Self-Care Leave a Comment

The demands of self-care can so easily become one more expectation on your plate. And then you start to resent the acts of self-care altogether. Sounds familiar, right? And before you know it, your inner Judge Judy is criticizing you even more because you failed, yet again, to succeed in your self-care attempts. Ohhhhh, it’s such an exhausting cycle!