The three days preceding the New Moon are called the Balsamic Phase, or really just the Dark of the Moon. The Moon's cycle is about 29 days and it goes from New to Full and then back to New again within that 29 days. The Dark of the Moon is the very ending of this cycle ,and this is the time when the earth and all of nature is quieting down and pulling inward. You can feel it all around you if you pay attention. Physiologically, people are at a lower ebb and their energy tends to be lower, which is exactly how its supposed to be. People think they should be on 'go' all the time, but unfortunately that just works against them. Human physiology and emotions are cyclic, and this cycle is reflected and symbolized by the Lunar Cycle. When the Moon is dark, take a break. This is the time when we feel more tired, when we need more sleep and when our libidos are lowest. We feel more introverted. This is the time when we need more time to process, to relax, to pull in and to de-stress. This is not the time to plan a big party or to take on a big physical project. Of course sometimes you have to do what you have to do, but if you have a choice in planning, the times closer to the Full Moon are when energies run higher and people are naturally more extroverted and energetic.
We process more during our dreams during a Dark of the Moon phase, which is why we need more sleep. Yes, we can actually let our subconscious work some stuff out for us whilst we sleep, so we don't have to do it all in our conscious waking hours! Thank goodness. The balsamic phase is the letting go phase - we're getting ready for the new cycle that commences with the New Moon.
So, for the next 3 days, do what you can to give yourself and your body a break. Get a massage, take a bubble bath, cuddle up with your sweetie, watch movies, meditate, allow yourself to dream, and don't feel guilty about saying 'no' when someone wants you to do something you don't feel up to. Following and honouring our natural physiological cycles is the key to mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health!