By Tom Havran
With winter storm Draco bearing down on us as I write, it seems like an odd time to write about taking a moment to “chill.” But when I think about it a little more, what can be more stress-inducing than a “life-threatening” blizzard? Yes, taking a moment to chill is completely appropriate – from power outages to white-knuckle driving, I’m going to need to remain cool-headed the next few days.
Severe weather is one of any number of anxiety-inducing, stressful life moments that we regularly face. That’s why, earlier this year, Aura Cacia set out to take a National Moment of Chill during certain universally recognized stressful days, encouraging our fans to take a personal time-out and simply “chill.”
The first National Moment of Chill was held on Monday, Jan. 23. This midwinter date certainly is a major stress-inducer for many reasons: the post-holiday let-down sets in, the holiday bills are due, and it’s back to the routine reality of our everyday work load. It’s also the absolute dead of winter and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) season. It was an appropriate day to set aside time to relax and be present – a time to recognize that you own the solution for overcoming the stress, tension and anxiety in your life.
This Saturday, Dec. 22, marks our final National Moment of Chill. It’s final crunch time for the hectic Christmas 2012 season, for those who have last-minute gift buying and party planning to finish (did you think that trumped up Mayan 12/21/12 apocalypse thing was going to spare you?). No matter what holiday tasks you need to cross off your list tomorrow, I hope you’ll pause for a chill moment with us. Diffuse your favorite essential oils. Do some yoga. Hug your children. Get a massage. Set aside a few moments for a meditation. Wherever you are, be present.
As for me, I’ll be taking a late-night stroll down the snowy, bedecked streets of the historic little town of Amana, Iowa, where I live, followed by a piping hot mug of spiced apple cider. Happy holidays!