Today is Canadian Thanksgiving and U.S. Columbus Day. Many of us have the day off and are enjoying a long weekend. This is a great time to decompress and reduce the pressure in our lives. I encourage you to take advantage of it. Here are twelve strategies that I use to limit stress all the time, especially when I do NOT have any extra time:
- First and foremost, I practice gratitude; I will seize the moment and reflect on everything that is going well in my life, as I fill my heart with appreciation.
- I make a mindful choice and decide to lighten up and calm down by giving myself credit for all the things I have already accomplished. This allows me to put on the brakes on worry, which is NOT going to change the outcome anyway.
- I have faith in the Divine, as I remind myself that I am exactly where I need to be in this moment.
- I plan whenever I can by using an altered day planner that I embellished with doodles and other artsy things.
- I keep a pen and paper (usually my reminder journal) handy to catch ideas, quotes, and memos. I have a little notebook in my purse, another one on my nightstand, as well as, notepads and post-its stashed around the house to create lists (grocery list, to-do, etc.) and such.
- I take moments throughout the day to just breathe deeply and mindfully.
- I usually do something fun for 10 to 15 minutes a day, like doodle, draw, color, or make a quick water color in my art journal or art pad; sometimes I will play an on-line game on Lumosity or Pogo.
- Occasionally, if I have an overwhelm overload, I will do absolutely nothing for an extended period of time (usually about 5 minutes) with my eyes closed while sitting in a relaxed position, remind myself I only have the present moment, and I ask myself, “what can I do, right now?”
- I write in my journal, positive events that have happened in my life, highlights of the day or week, things that I appreciate, prayers, poems, rhymes, or whatever is on my heart.
- I read a passage from an inspirational book. Currently, I am reading passages from Blessings: Prayers and Declarations for a Heartful Life by Julia Cameron.
- I reminisce on a joyful time in my life.
- I allow myself to anticipate a future joyful planned event like vacation, a long weekend, a holiday, or just going home for the day.
Each of these strategies have served me well to take the edge off any stress I have experienced. What do you do? Please let me know in the comments. May you have fabulous week and a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving or Columbus Day!
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