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MAY | JUNE 2016

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28 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a y / j u n e 2 0 1 6 SAVVY SELF-CARE best practices Let It Go By Jennie Hastings In the last installment of this column, the theme was "Just Do It" (March/April 2016, page 28). I wrote about the benefits of ending the wait for inspiration and moving into action. This is a form of self-care because, as we move into action, we gain confidence, relieve anxiety, and create space for playfulness and other positive emotions. The next step after "just do it" is: let it go. You know it is time to let it go when your mind (and perhaps even your body) is too entangled in calculating all the variables of a situation. We can never be in charge of all the variables. If we want to move forward, we have to take action—not always knowing exactly where it will lead us. For example, maybe you have heard business networking is a good way to grow your practice. However, it makes you nervous to walk into a room full of people you don't know, who seem a lot more business savvy than you. It takes a lot of psychic energy to put on your nice clothes, think of a smart way to introduce yourself, and get yourself to the meeting. You decide to just do it. Then, you're at the meeting. Some people seem politely interested, others seem distracted, and, then, there are the ones only interested in selling you something. At the end of the evening, you drive home wondering why you just did that. The experience was uncomfortable, it took you away from home for an evening, and you're not sure it was useful. This is the moment to let it go. You will probably never know what person noticed your smile, felt your heart, or heard your words and is going to mention you to someone she knows, tell her chiropractor about you, or invite you to the next meeting where you will meet the perfect referral partner.

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