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4 Tips to reduce stress

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4 Tips to a reduce stress in your life

There are many factors that contribute to stress in our lives – whether it is struggling to get on top of work-life balance or battling against negative and self-critical thoughts-we can get trapped in negative patterns that sap our energy. Freedom is possible. Here are some useful strategies:

  1. Drop the Story

We easily become the victims of the stories we spin in our heads and of our negative thoughts. This causes us to feel anxious and erodes our sense of well-being. Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Try talking about your joys instead. Keeping a journal can be very helpful.

 

  1. Let Go of unhelpful habits

One of the most empowering moments in life is when we have the courage to let go of things that do not serve us well. Take control of your life.  Manage  your work- life balance and make sure your goals and time frames are realistic.

Stop trying to please everyone, because it’s pointless.  Stay grounded in yourself and don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your inner voice.

  1. Do something physical

Make the time to go hiking, dancing, working in the garden, swimming, or whatever makes you feel alive. Make self-care a habit.

 

  1. Take time in nature to refresh your spirit

Go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have your senses put in order. Stand under a tree and see how it can replenish you.  Give yourself permission to rest and take time to embrace the wonders and mysteries of life. We often achieve more by doing less.

We can change a lifetime of habits through journal writing and having a special journal is a treasure.

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4 Tips for Happiness

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Happiness is a choice

Happiness does not happen to us, we have to choose it every day.  The choices we make each day determine how we experience our lives. We can live a life fixated on to-do lists, caught up with judgements and worries, or we can re-wire our minds to experience greater happiness and joy by cultivating these four habits daily.

  1. Cultivate gratitude as a habit:

Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it. Find joy in simple pleasures. Studies have shown that recording things we are grateful for in a gratitude journal greatly boosts our sense of well-being. Take a moment to record three things you are grateful for every day.

 

  1. Pause and savour the moment

Take a moment to open your senses:  Let something  wonderful  touch you.  “If we listen from the mind of silence, every birdsong and every whispering of the pine branches in the wind will speak to us” – Thich Nhat Hanh.  Resist the temptation to just register it and then rush on. Take time to savour the moment – let it make an imprint on your psyche.

 

  1. Gladden your mind

Seek out the people and things that inspire you and keep them close. Take time with good friends who rekindle your spark. Do things that anchor you and rejuvenate your spirit –  listening to music, gardening, singing, creating something with your hands – whatever it is.

 

  1. Be Kind

Do one small kindness each day. It can be a little gesture like an unexpected smile, an encouraging  word, or gesture of help.  A generous heart and kind words are the things that renew our humanity. It is in the small gestures that our strength lies.

 

We can change a lifetime of habits through journal writing and having a special journal is a treasure.

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5 Reasons why keeping a journal benefits your life

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Keeping a journal is your book of life

 For me, writing a journal became a way for me to capture inspiring lines of poetry or great writing that impacts on my life experience. It is a way for me to capture the essence and hold them in a place where I can find them instantly.

There are very many approaches and reasons to keep a journal which include; keeping a diary of important milestones in your life, capturing that great idea before it fades from consciousness, or charting what makes us feel alive through the practice of writing expressively in a Mindfulness or Gratitude Journal.

The 5 benefits to keeping a journal:

There are well-known therapeutic benefits in keeping a journal which include sparking creativity to reducing stress to promoting self-knowledge. Even 15 minutes a day can bring surprising benefits:

  1. Gratitude journaling can make you happier.

The act of recording the things we are grateful for boosts our sense of wellbeing. It reminds us we should take time to appreciate what we have — rather than focusing on what we don’t — by keeping a gratitude journal.

  1. Writing in a diary can reduce stress.

It is easy to get carried away with the busyness of everyday life and work overload. When we feel overwhelmed, organizing our thoughts in a journal can help facilitate problem-solving and therefore reduce the stress of negative thoughts and problems that are troubling us.

  1. It forces us to unplug from technology and recharge

The demands of modern technology and social media can cause burn out. There is no more effective way to still a busy mind than to disconnect from our phones and laptops and sit alone and reflect.

  1. Journaling can help us identify and disown negative thoughts.

Writing down our negative thoughts and actions can help us identify them and distance ourselves from them. Sometimes the physical act of throwing them in the bin can be a strangely effective way to clear the mind.

  1. Its empowering.

We can change a lifetime of habits through journal writing and a special journal is a treasure..Through writing we can define where we are in life and reflect on changes we would like to make. It gives us a clear perspective on our life’s experiences. It is a clear reminder that we are in control of our own destiny.

 

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Change your thoughts

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Change your thoughts and you change your world

Our happiness greatly relies on the way we think. We are so often the victims of the stories we weave in our heads and our inner judgemental voice. We get caught up in negativity, projections and reactions. This causes us to feel anxious and blinds us to the treasures of life all around us. In the words of the great Irish poet, John O’Donohue: “The way you look at things is the most powerful force in shaping your life”.

Joy does not happen to us, we have to choose it every day. It’s a conscious decision. We can choose to fall into the habit of creating problems that weren’t even there in the first place, or we can just let go of judgements and worries.  when we change your thoughts we open the door to a world of joy and new possibilities.

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Love What You Do

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People often say they don’t feel fulfilled in their job. We often feel anxious and stressed about work and blame the job for our discontent. We expect it to deliver satisfaction on a plate to us and are always looking for our “ideal job”. There is a fundamental disconnect here.

Our attitude plays a very significant role. We need to resist the tendency to rush into things and hurry through everything, just wanting to “get it over with”.

 

It is very valuable to savour whatever we are doing, do it for its own sake and resist the temptation to judge whether it is interesting enough.

As Steve Jobs put it- “Love what you do”.

 

If there can be a sense of quality in our work, even in the most simple activity, only then can everything we do become real and we feel fulfilled. If we open ourselves to each task, we will come to love it. If we can respond whole-heartedly and authentically, it will be life –giving for ourselves and others.

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