The holidays are just around the corner. How can you make them the best you’ve ever had? Here are some things to think about: balance, joy, who lifts you up and who doesn’t, parties, money, work, play, rest, new beginnings, endings and fun.
Setting your intentions for the kind of holidays you want to have is powerful and satisfying!
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Peace is achievable. Do you want some? It may take focus and effort, but you can do it. Start by carving out a small amount of time each day to create some peace. Even 5 minutes is okay. When can you do so? At what time of day? What gives you peace? Quiet? Alone time? Time with family or a friend? Being in nature? It is individual for each of us.
Creating peace in each day will make so many aspects of your life better. Give it a try!
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1. Stop what you are doing
2. Figure out what got you so tired
3. Decide if you can go on with what you are doing
4. Figure out how you can get some rest
5. Get some rest!
6. Rebalance and restore
7. Don’t let yourself get so tired again
8. Make balance a priority in your life
9. Acknowledge the importance of rest
10. Give away the delusion that you have endless energy
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I was at a workshop, years ago, and someone asked for advice on deciding where she wanted to live. The teacher’s answer was quite good. She said that one way to start a decision-making process like this is to ask yourself, What lifestyle do I want? In asking and answering this question, you set a path for the choices you will be making.
Is your present lifestyle what you want it to be? Are there any changes you would like to make? If there are, get started creating the lifestyle you want to be living. Small or large steps, you’ll be on your way to a fulfilling life.
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Did the title of this post have you answering “yes” or “no”? Did it make you laugh? Fun can be in short supply with the pace of life today. You have to make a conscious effort to make fun a regular part of your life.
What is fun for you? Are you making it an important part of your life? When is the last time you had fun?
Don’t relegate fun only to vacation times or even weekends. Have fun every day and you will reap the benefits in your productivity, happiness and enjoyment of life.
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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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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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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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Are you feeling tired lately? There are many reasons and ways you can end up tired. There are obvious physical reasons – you are not getting enough sleep, you are pushing your body too far or you are expending more energy than you have. There are other reasons as well – stress is getting the better of you, a difficult situation is draining your energy or you are neglecting balance in your life.
When you are tired, take a moment to determine the cause. Then, you can take action that is appropriate for the situation. If you are physically tired, you can get sleep or replenish yourself physically. If there is another reason, you can do what is needed to replenish your energy and balance.
Best to pay attention. Keep your performance high and respond intelligently when you are tired.
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When something “hooks” me, either in a good way or bad, I find it useful to ask myself “does it matter?” The reason I do this is that some experiences and situations can knock me off balance and my response can be out of proportion to what is happening.
The next time you have an experience that creates a strong reaction, try asking yourself does it matter? Doing so allows you to gain perspective and respond from a place of power. Asking the question centers you, allowing you to get through experiences in control of yourself and to avoid creating messes you have to get out of later.
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