Are you getting ready for the holidays? Which do you prefer – slower holidays to relax and savor or holidays packed with activity and fun? You have the choice to make them what you want them to be.
Be deliberate in your thinking and decide how you want to experience the holidays. That way, you create an experience that fills, instead of drains, you.
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What are you doing today? Working? Relaxing? On a holiday? Staying busy? Whatever it is, could you stop now and find some quiet if you wanted to? Silence is essential to balance and calm. Each day, make sure you know where and how you can find some quiet and re-center when you want to.
Quiet keeps you whole.
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Sometimes frustration, fear, worry or panic can get you to a point of pushing harder and harder to change a situation. It is worth your while to carefully consider any inclination you have to push and push. Depending on what is driving you, pushing hard can send you off a cliff. Why? Because you are reacting not responding, you have likely lost your center and you are basing your actions on emotion, without the balance of your mind.
The next time you find yourself pushing hard, take a moment to examine how you can handle what is happening to your best advantage.
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How often do you look at the actual act of balancing your life? You may know when your life is balanced, when it is not and the level of balance you want to achieve. That’s good. From there, how do you, day-to-day, maintain that balance?
Balancing is a “present moment” thing. It asks your awareness of when you are slipping out of balance, your knowing how to regain your balance and your agility in dealing with time. Think of a situation when maintaining your balance was very challenging. It may have been a time when you were facing competing demands, had too much to get done in the time you had or were experiencing work – personal life tensions. What did you do? Were you able to maintain balance or did things go awry?
Focusing on the act or art of balancing serves you. How do you best maintain your balance on a day-to-day basis? What do you do to regain your balance if it is lost? Develop your skill for balancing and you’ll soon find yourself mastering it.
It could be getting enough rest and relaxation or running a marathon. What is wellness for you? To answer this question, look comprehensively at the physical, mental and emotional aspects of your life. Wellness is personal.
What do you need to feel a sense of wellness? It is worth your time to answer this question and make room in your life for the things you identify. Doing this, increases your productivity, fulfillment and happiness. Get on your road to wellness and reap the benefits.
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I am observing more and more often, people going so fast that they lose control. Do you attempt to travel at warp speed? Really – you can go faster than the speed of light? Let’s reflect a moment. Yes, the world is speeding up and there are many tools to help us travel with it. However, it is very easy to burn out.
If you are acting as if you can travel at warp speed, perhaps some adjustments are called for. Let go of super-size expectations that you cannot meet. Find ways to travel quickly but prevent yourself from burning out, which defeats the purpose. Key to this is centering. Stay fully present, balanced and aware of time. In doing this, you will be able to handle whatever comes along.
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1. Be your own chief counsel. You know best what is right for you.
2. Create a “point of view” regarding the chaos in the world, so that it does not sweep you away.
3. Focus on kindness in your everyday dealings to promote collaboration and harmony.
4. Accept that both positive and negative aspects of our world exist side-by-side.
5. Maintain balance in your life.
6. Identify your unique talents and how you can use them in the world for good.
7. Develop your personal power and influence.
8. Say no to dishonoring your values.
9. Maintain hope that this chaos will lead to positive outcomes.
10. Create a still point within.
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1. Insist that others treat you with respect.
2. Take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally so that you can perform at your best.
3. Acknowledge that while work is an element of your life, it is not the only element.
4. Believe that you can be happy at work.
5. Fully accept where you are now and make that your starting point for any changes you want to make.
If you come up with any good reasons not to do these things, let me know. ☺
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1. Try 15 minutes of silence at the beginning or end of day. Work up to it, if 15 minutes is a lot for you right now.
2. Find ways to recognize when you are overthinking.
3. When you are overthinking, stop and get yourself fully into the present moment.
4. Try writing things down instead of keeping them in your head.
5. Try an app such as Calm
6. Before you go to sleep just “be”. Do not read or otherwise tax your mind.
7. Observe if there is a pattern in your overthinking, such as in specific situations, at certain times or for certain subjects.
8. Put some focus on balance. Are you countering stress with exercise and relaxation?
9. Determine if reluctance to make decisions is contributing to your overthinking.
10. Do not allow your mind to be king or queen. Acknowledge that the physical, emotional and ethereal aspects of your life are equally important.
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When there is a lot for you to keep moving in work and life, things can lose your attention and fall by the wayside. That’s okay for a while, but soon they may come back at you bigger than before. It is important to stay alert to anything that has the potential to or may already be closing in on you.
Early attention to matters lets you handle them calmly and in a manner that suits you. If you let things go too long before addressing them, your choices narrow and difficulty rises.
Take a moment today to put your attention on any situation or task that may be closing in on you. Determine if it is serious and what you can do about it now. Keeping the energy flowing as you juggle life and work prevents things from getting worse and closing in on you.
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