February 8, 2018
I have had a lot of crazy, traumatic, drop-you-to-your-knees moments in my life, but I also feel really fulfilled with the life I have lived so far too. Over the past few years I really started to take notice of the stress and overwhelm that I continually felt, so I established new habits in order to stay healthy and happy.
Practice Gratitude Every Single Day
In order to see the good in every day…yes, even on the “bad” days, I like to write down daily gratitude entries. You can do this in a variety of ways, but I’ve found the easiest way for me is to write it down in my planner daily. This action encourages you to be grateful for not only the BIG things in your life, but also for the seemingly mundane things that we take for granted every day as well.
Find Your Inner Zen
Life can get really stressful. Between running my business, mamahood, and lots of stays in the hospital over the past year for my daughter’s cancer treatments, I have had my fair share of “rockin myself in the corner in the closet” moments. (If you haven’t had these yet, well unfortunately you will, but we can handle the stress in better ways.)
There are three things that have helped me find my inner peace during stressful times in my life:
1. Mediation: I use the Calm app on my iPhone. I love it because the meditations are only 10 minutes long, so there is no excuse for not doing them.
2. Essential Oils: Yes, I am an oiler and I am proud of it. It is funny, because if you asked me 10 years ago if I would be doing meditation and using oils to feel better, I would have laughed it you. I was not raised in a ‘woo’ environment. But now, I couldn’t live without either. I use oils for lots of stuff now, but if you are just getting started, you should try out some of my faves: Lavender, Peppermint and Lemon.
3. Journaling: Write out your feelings. Now I will admit that I don’t do this one EVERY day, but it does help me to release any stress or anxiety that may have built up.
Protect Your Time
In today’s world, we have 572 things and/or people demanding our attention. You have to set boundaries or people and things will consume your time without you even realizing it, especially those negative Nancy types. Social media can do the same and leave you feeling unworthy, unaccomplished and just plain sad. Reclaim yourself and your time. You get to choose how you spend it and who you spend it with.