I’ve had some life altering events occur in the last couple of weeks that have resulted in my filing for divorce from my husband of 12 years. It’s a very difficult time for all of us, but especially for the kids who are too young to really understand what is going on around them right now.
After more than a decade of dwindling emotional connection, I decided to take the weekend at the beach to reconnect with my thoughts and the most important people in my life. I’ve had lunch with a dear old friend that I haven’t seen in years (that’s me and Jim below at lunch), have talked to friends that I haven’t spoken with since middle or high school, and have been amazed at how a simple pat on the back or a hug can affect my emotions and well-being.
Did you know that your emotional state can affect your heart’s health? It makes a lot of sense to me, but I didn’t realize that there is actual science showing that stressful feelings can increase your risk of developing heart disease and other ailments. This has been such a stressful experience for us that I’m grateful for any and all means of reducing the stress for my family and loved ones.
For that reason, I hit Sam’s Club on my way out to the beach to get some necessary supplies and ended up buying some wine and this twin pack of NIVEA lotion. Lotion is always a part of my daily life, but I feel like it’s even more important when spending so much time outside in the elements, and for making sure my skin is touchably soft while interacting with other people.
The warmth of another human’s touch can literally lift burdens from one’s heart and I have been amazed at the outpouring of support from friends and family. Physical contact from positive people who provide simple friendship and affection with nothing else behind it has been of tremendous benefit to me and my family this week and I’m sure it will continue to be while we navigate the stressful waters of starting over in a new life.
Disclosure – I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Beiersdorf for NIVEA, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own. #CBias #SocialFabric #NIVEAmoments