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Slowing Down

By: Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator

Posted on December 21, 2020

12.21.20 blog headerIf you're anything like me, you're wondering how it is already the end of December, when just yesterday it was the end of summer (or was that spring?!). And yet, whether we have been present with the changing seasons or not, they have happened, and we are ending another year. So with the time we have left this year, I want to encourage us all to take time and be present in what we're doing.

Staying present can not only increase our engagement in the moment, but also our awareness of how we're feeling, and when we're acting in line with our values, as opposed to out of line with them. To stay more present these next two weeks before the new year, try these tips:
  • Take time to engage in activities you cherish. Whether it be spending time with family, engaging in some self-care, or relaxing with a favorite movie or friend, make a plan to engage in something fully that brings you enjoyment. While engaging in the event, take time to be aware of your physical sensations, maybe even through a three point check to keep you anchored.

  • Set boundaries on tasks you need to accomplish. Work and household chores will always be there, so make sure you aren't letting them take over. Shut your laptop after a certain time and stop checking emails and phone messages. See what can happen when you're fully present outside of work and how refreshed you may feel as a result.

  • Use anchors to keep yourself present, like scented candles or lotion. Using your five senses is a great way to stay present in the moment. With all the cozy and comforting scents available during the winter holiday season, you'll have plenty to keep you present as you end the year.
See what can change in your experiences when you take time to be fully present in them, and end the year being as present as possible!


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Erin Birely, LCPC, started working as the Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore in September 2016 and joined the Alumni Services Team in 2019 as the Alumni Services Coordinator. Prior to joining Renfrew, Erin had worked in private practice as well as inpatient, partial and intensive outpatient levels of care. Erin has worked in the field of eating disorder treatment since receiving her Master's degree in 2012. She enjoys working with people to make positive and long lasting changes in life through therapy and building their emotional tolerance.
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