Do you place high value on quiet time? Getting it requires strong intention and commitment, with the pace of our world today. Most likely, I do not have to tell you the benefits of quiet time; you know them.
If you are getting enough quiet time, good for you! If you are not, how about starting with a half hour once a week? It’s contagious!
People differ in their responses to technology and in how much they can and can’t handle. One thing to avoid is tech-overload – allowing technology to get the better of you, overwhelm you or stress you out. Knowing how to manage your use of technology helps you maintain balance and sanity.
Do you know your tech-overload level? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
• What are the signs that I have had too much technology?
• What aspects of technology get me tired and off center (e.g. too much internet surfing, too long on a social media site, having too many e mails to answer or getting blurry-eyed from too much time on your computer or phone)?
• What’s my optimum balance in using and not using technology to get my work done?
• When does technology begin to diminish my creativity and efficiency?
Knowing your tech-overload level helps you manage your work and life. To everything there is a season and time. That includes technology, too.
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Laughter is much more than a spontaneous response to humor or pleasure. If used well, it can be a stress-reliever, a reply to the world or a way to defuse a tense situation. Do you consciously use laughter to your and others’ benefit? For example, when the world or your work introduces something absurd do you use laughter to maintain your sense of reality? Or, when you are stressed do you seek out laughter to balance your stress? It is an art, but have you ever used humor in an uncomfortable situation, so that everyone can regain perspective?
Try looking at laughter as a helpful tool. It is a powerful act that can be used in many ways.
Can you think of others ways you use or can use laughter?
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1. Take a nap
2. Make a change of scene
3. Watch a video that makes you laugh
4. Talk to or text someone who makes you happy
5. Do something that fuels you
6. Find the cause of your weariness, so that you can correct it
8. Plan a future vacation
9. Nurture yourself
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Sometimes you get weary. It is inevitable with the pace of work and life today. Even with a good balance to your life, you can run out of steam. What do you do when you are weary? The key is to stop and restore. Sometimes, you cannot stop right away as you have deadlines or demands that must be attended to. In that case, endure, but don’t go too long. You can wear yourself out and that does you no good.
Develop a pattern of restoration to employ when you feel weary. Perhaps it will involve getting out of your environment, rejuvenating with rest, identifying the root cause of your weariness and addressing it or having some fun. Weariness doesn’t serve you. When it shows up, acknowledge your weariness and eliminate it.
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Crucible: a situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.
In the midst of challenging situations and times, do your thoughts turn to the possibility that a crucible is happening and will create something new? It could be helpful to do so. When you experience challenges, it is natural to focus on the difficulties you are experiencing – they are real. However, you benefit from developing the practice of looking at situations from various angles, crucibles being one of them. Doing so, allows you to open your mind to other possibilities and to weather crises more evenly.
Next time you face a severe challenge, try looking at the possibility that it is a crucible that will lead to something new.
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Every once in a while it is helpful to “cool out”. It promotes balance – countering the stress and activity of your life with relaxation. You are not a machine and cannot keep running all the time. Cooling out lets you pause and replenish your energy.
There are many ways of cooling out. Here are just a few: find some time to be totally alone, relax with family and friends, read a book or watch a movie, get completely out of your regular environment, do nothing for a few hours or a day or sit quietly in nature.
How do you cool out? Do you do it often enough?
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In a fast-moving world is calmness possible anymore? It is a question worth asking yourself. It may be that it is not possible to keep up with all the demands on your time. What are you to do? One thing you can do is to stop and take a good look at what is happening in your life. Are you paying attention to your priorities and making sure they get done first? Are you allowing overwhelm and stress to get the better of you? Is there a need for you to reevaluate how you are spending your time? Do you know how to regain your center when things get out of control?
It is society that has quickened its pace. You can still manage yourself in relation to what is around you. When you do so, things will begin to flow more easily. When you bring yourself fully to the present moment, things are not speeding by you; they are right there next to you. You have that moment and in that moment you can observe what is happening and make the choices that are best for you.
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There are times in all careers when problems arise. These problems can create stress, anxiety and worry. What is your first response or reaction when a problem arises? Do you address it or avoid it? Your response to a problem can greatly influence how you experience it. Looking a problem in its face can serve you well. In most situations, action by you is needed to make a problem go away.
You may naturally recoil at first from looking a problem in its face. Doing so is difficult, uncomfortable and you don’t know what the outcome will be. However, facing a problem is the start of getting rid of it. Mustering courage to face a problem serves you well. Be strategic and before you know it, the problem will go away thanks to action taken by you.
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What a time you are living in. There is so much confusion, uncertainty, stress and polarity. You don’t really know what’s next, do you? It is useless to pretend that you have control and know what the future will bring. The only way to make it through times like these is to stay close to yourself and what you are feeling and doing.
Take a moment today for some reflection. Note what is happening in your immediate world and the world-at-large. Are you doing ok? Is there anything you need? Taking this time may help you ground in the present and find your way to thrive during these times.
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