I want to start off this post with a heart-felt apology. I am so sorry that it has been so long since my last post. I feel like I have disappointed my readers, followers and friends who check on a regular basis to read what I have to say. It has not been from a lack of interest that is for sure, I have been caught up in the happenings of life. Not only have I let you down but I have also broken the number one rule of blogging, post regularly! One other order of business before we get to today’s topic. The eBook is still happening, though it’s a slower process than I had first anticipated. Who knew it would be so complicated to self publish your own online book? I will continue to keep you updated on the progress, and I thank you for your patience.
Life and stress all seem to continue no matter what we are dealing with emotionally. I have found this out most recently. I like to think of it as Life Happens, instead of the more popular Shit Happens. (pardon my french) Wouldn’t it be nice if when dealing with emotional stress, grief, loss, and worry we were placed into a quiet space until those troubles resolved themselves? I’ve pictured my setting many times. The room would be cream and soft blue with pale yellow window coverings. It would look over a brook complete with a waterfall. I’d spend mornings on the veranda with herbal tea, a rocking chair and a soft blanket draped across my lap reading an inspirational novel. Afternoon walks along the brook would serve to be relaxing and bring calm to my spirit. My day would end with a light massage, red wine, smells of lavender and honey, while sounds of the ocean play until I drift off to sleep.
Hello….Hello…..Back to reality!!!!! In the real world we have to learn how to function in our daily lives along with the emotional issues we carry with us. Our lives do not have a hold button and reality is not the scene I described earlier. Figuring out how to get through our day and live with our stress is not an easy task. For starters you need to acknowledge what it is that is causing it. Once you have your finger on the trigger, then putting a plan in place will be easier.
For me recently my stress triggers have been my health issues, weight gain, finances, and sale of a property (or lack of sale). Some of those I have no control over, my job is to work on the ones that I do. I have begun to implement a plan and all I can do is take one day at a time and focus on the important aspects of each day as it happens. Looking behind or into the future will only add more stress to the pot. The key is to remember to live life looking through the windshield, see only what is right in front of you at the present moment.
After you acknowledge what your triggers are and you have your plan in action the next and probably most important step is to just let life continue to happen. Try not to live in the past, live in the moment of each day. Try by saying an affirmation everyday when you get out of bed. Some examples are : I choose to see each obstacle as an opportunity to grow; I choose to be happy; I approve of myself; I am proud of myself; I light the world with my smile. Just today I found a perfect song for daily affirmations, it helped to inspire this topic. It’s called Good Morning by Mandisa. I will attach the link at the bottom of the post. The daily affirmations will become a habit once you start doing them. It may be easier for you to leave reminders around the house. Write one on a mirror, leave one on the fridge, in your car, etc.
So to review, we know life happens and unfortunately we cannot retreat to our happy place until what we are going through is over. In order to move through life and the situation in a positive manner it is important to first find your stress trigger, secondly chart out a plan of action to live each day while dealing with the stress, and lastly remind yourself with daily affirmations that you will get through it. Also, you can find a way to bring yourself to your happy place. I have found a wonderful tool called guided imagery and I pick recordings or scripts that describe the happy setting that I see in my mind. I listen to it at night in order to calm myself for sleep and it has really been helpful. Simply Google Guided Imagery and a plethora of information will be at your fingertips.
My plan is to listen to this song every day before I even step out of bed! What are your tips for daily affirmations? Respond in the comments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Sj6TmSG4w&feature=related