taking a breath.

2017 has been a super weird year so far. I've experienced a lot of self-introspection and a dash (or more like a heaping scoop) of self-doubt. I'm thinking...maybe...just maybe, some great answers are coming out of this crazy year. 

This year has been a year of breaths...deep ones. I've had to tell myself to step back, rewind, and ask: "What is most important? Is this worth getting upset over?" I recently read something which meant a lot to me. It said, when you are worried about something, pretend like you suddenly shoot up in the air and are sitting on a star. You look at your little problems on earth. They look small. This has helped me immensely to figure out what is truly worth my time and energy. Hint: worrying isn't worth it.

Problems seem to take me over sometimes. I feel frozen. A voice shouts in my head saying I should just retreat, curl up in ball, veg out in front of Netflix and let the problem conquer me. Just viewing my problems from the vastness of the cosmos puts things back in prospective. 

Learning to take a breath and being conscious about the simple act of breathing is something I've learned to work on. Breathing helps connect us back to ourselves. 

When I feel panicked, I've noticed my mind races fast. It feels like my thoughts are running away from me and I'll never catch them. Just grabbing these moments and taking a few deep breaths has brought me back to reality on more than one occasion. 

I know a lot of times when you're stressed or struggle with self-doubt, you think you're the only one who feels this way. This is a complete lie. We all have a tendency to struggle. I do, too.

Keep your head up and know this. If you ever need to talk through anything or just need a kind word, please send me an email. I'd love to talk to you. Iā€™m not a professional counselor by any means, but I love a good chat. Please email me if you ever feel the need: beingelliottblog@gmail.com.

Love you guys and remember to take care of yourselves. 

P.S- Pizza is also a great smile inducer. Hey...it works for me! 

+ photos above by my talented friend Morgan Johnson.

This Post is created in conjunction with the ladies of The Refined Collective. Be sure and read the other articles today by: Go Fit Jo,  Jackie V. ,The Refined WomanTonyha Kae, Corie Clark , Julien GarmanNikia Phoenix, Jessica Chow and Tutti del Monte.  Also, join us over on instagram today under #therefinedcollective to see what everyone else has to say on this topic.