Have you heard of the Switch Witch? She is a favorite in our house! We love to dress up and go Trick or Treat, see all of the fun decorations and be out and about… but we don’t really don’t feel like the candy is great for our household. Sugar, food dyes, and just lots of processed STUFF and let's be honest… aren’t you usually still finding Halloween candy around the house 6 months later? A few years ago, a friend mentioned that her family was visited by the Switch Witch the day after Halloween, I was intrigued and started asking more questions. So here is the gist… the kids go Trick or Treating, they bring home all of the goodies – they pick a treat they would like to eat, they enjoy it and then leave the rest out for the Switch Witch to come over night. Now, lets be realistic… the Switch Witch doesn’t always make all of her stops the night after Halloween, sometimes she comes during the day while they are at school or even the next night but she comes within a day or two. When the Switch Witch comes, she takes all of the candy and leaves a small toy. At our house that typically means a Lego set of some kind.
Now, I know you are thinking that seems crazy and why not just let them have the candy? For us, our kids don’t really eat much candy and they prefer the treats that they get (pretty regularly) that are less processed, less sugar and don’t contain food dyes. They enjoy the treat they get on Halloween night but also really look forward to the Switch Witch, they usually start saving the things they get from random places at the beginning of October and they have quite a collection for her by Halloween. Another thing to consider… sugar has been shown to lower the immune system. I ask you to take a moment to think about when the majority of illnesses occur – typically around the late fall (Halloween) through right around Easter. So, what things are we typically eating through this time period? Lots of sweets with all of the holidays AND not getting much outside time or sun light as it is winter.
We choose to make a different choice, that works really well for our family. Our kids get to go out and have lots of fun and be kids but we as a family also don’t have the sugary, processed temptations lying around the house staring at us for months! So, is the Switch Witch going to be visiting your house?
How often do you just feel stressed and strung out? Do you feel like you are ALWAYS on edge? This is something that unfortunately is pretty commonplace in our culture, and it is one of the things that slowly wrecks our health. When we are constantly in this stressed out, high cortisol place our body thinks it is fighting for its life. Imagine being chased by a bear ALL the time… that is what your body thinks is happening. Unfortunately, bodies were meant to only sustain that level of stress while actually BEING chased by a bear, not every.day.all.day. Our system gets to a point where it just can’t manage this anymore and it begins to break down. We see higher inflammation in our bodies and we struggle to manage the little things because, at this point, EVERYTHING is overwhelming to our bodies. Instead of diving deeper into the science of this, I promise there are tons of articles out there and books on this exact topic… lets look at how we can do little things to help reduce and manage our stress and stop letting the bear chase us all the time! Here are 8 ideas to help you take a breather and slow it down.
Before you tell me “I don’t have time to slow down” because I know that’s what you are thinking. Let me just say this – I didn’t think I had time either and then my body didn’t give me a choice. Instead of giving me the gentle cues that enough was enough it forced me to plant myself in bed for weeks at a time. It is our responsibility to MAKE time to slow down because once our bodies force us to slow down the consequences can be MUCH greater than little Jimmy not making it to soccer practice on time or the family eating leftovers for dinner… which believe it or not is actually a favorite in our house – it is a chance to get your favorite meal from the week again! So, without further ado… lets dive into ways to slow down
As you can see, there are LOTS of different ways to take a step back and stop allowing the bear to chase you. It is so important for not only your mental health but also your physical and emotional health to find this slower pace that allows you to find peace daily. Trust me, I still have my stressful days but for the most part I do what I can each day and have let go of the idea that everything must get done TODAY. It is a hard lesson to learn but one that I don’t personally want to learn again. I hope you find this information helpful and maybe are even intrigued to try something new! Be Well!
Karly is a Wife, Mom, Entrepreneur, FNTP and Non-Toxic Living Specialist and Lover of Food - living in a small suburb of Austin, TX.