happiness

4 Techniques To Help Minimize Stress

We may not be able to completely avoid stressful events.  But we can minimize its intensity in healthy ways.

Keep on reading to learn more. 

Gratitude Lists

The next time you catch yourself feeling overwhelmed or anxious, hit pause, sit down and say five things out loud you are grateful for.

Don’t take too much time to think about this list. Just say the first 5 things that come to mind. 

Not sure where to begin?

Here are some examples that can help get you started.

1) A beautiful sunny day.

2) That first sip of coffee in the morning.

3) Your best friend.

4) Your favorite comfy socks.

Okay – now it’s your turn! 

Call a Friend

When you’re stressed about something, sometimes the best thing you can do is call a friend to vent or chit-chat. We are all so different and have our own way of looking at things.

Your friend may be able to help you look at what’s bothering you in a new way.

Listen To Your Body

Your stress may be a result of running on a low battery for too long. 

It’s so important to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. 

If you feel like you’ve been working too many hours or feel a sense of unbalance, you may need to change up your routine.

There is nothing wrong with going to bed an hour early or declining an event if you don’t feel up to it. 

Identify Your Stressors

We may not be able to control every stressful event that happens to us.

But if you take some time to identify your main stressors, you may be able to dial down the intensity.

For example, if you find your email inbox overwhelming you can unsubscribe from emails that no longer deliver value or only check emails during business hours.

Give it a try and see what happens!

“No one knows your body like you do. Listen to it. It will tell you what to eat, when to drink, how to sleep and which exercises you need to do. Let your own body be your most trusted personal trainer.” –  Toni Sorenson

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How to Conquer Perfectionism

Those who constantly strive to be perfect tend to focus more on what’s missing instead of what they have.

It can be tough to feel proud of your accomplishments when you are constantly looking to be perfect.  

Wanting to better yourself and grow is not a bad thing. It all comes down to how to approach it. 

Here are three helpful tips to keep in mind…

Start First, Edit Later

Do you ever find yourself procrastinating on projects because you feel like you just aren’t ready? 

The thought of actually getting started on something can often be scarier than the project itself. 

It’s time to push aside those intrusive thoughts of “I’m not good enough…” and launch right into action.

Keep in mind, no matter what it is you want to accomplish, you don’t have to complete everything in one sitting. Take your time and edit as needed. 

Setting The Bar Too High

It’s great to set the bar high and set healthy challenges for yourself. 

But at the same time, it’s important to listen to your instincts and be realistic. None of us can do everything, and we all have unique strengths and weaknesses. 

We all make mistakes – but we don’t have to let those mistakes define us.

Instead, we can let them shape us. 

Find Meaning In What You Do

If you are ready to embrace imperfectionism try looking at yourself through a different lens. 

The need to always be perfect can cloud you from finding the meaning and joy in what you do. 

Just because you didn’t paint the perfect picture doesn’t mean you didn’t enjoy the moment.

What are you waiting for? Today is the perfect day to start embracing all your wonderfully imperfect parts.

“Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.” – Amit Ray

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Saying Yes to Yourself

Are you someone who has a hard time saying no? Do you feel like you constantly put others before yourself? 

Now, being generous, caring and kind are all fantastic qualities to have. 

However, saying yes to everyone around you can have you feeling emotionally and physically exhausted.

When you are constantly running around and doing things for everyone else, you can often forget to leave a little kindness for yourself. 

Only Take On What You Can Handle

The challenge with putting other people’s wants and needs ahead of your own is that you’re often the last on your list. 

If your friend asks you to edit their essay but you’re busy working away on your own – take time to reflect before responding. 

Will helping your friend prevent you from finishing your essay on time? 

If so, you may have to politely decline or offer to help once you’ve finished your own work. 

It’s okay to take a step back and be honest about what you realistically can and can’t handle. 

Practicing the art of saying “no” can get you more comfortable with saying it more often. 

Your Feelings Are Valid

Being told you are “wrong” is not a great feeling. 

Just because someone doesn’t see eye-eye with you doesn’t mean you are wrong. It just means you have a difference of opinion. Your feelings are valid and nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. 

Accept The Hard Times

It’s okay not to be okay! 

Sometimes when times are tough, we just have to roll with the punches and remind ourselves that this too shall pass. 

No matter what you say or do, conflict will arise at some point or another, and going out of our way to avoid it can be very exhausting. 

The more you practice, the more natural it will become to put yourself first. 

“If you try to please all, you please none” – Aesop

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Optimizing Your Creativity

Sometimes, we need to step outside our usual routine and shake things up a bit.

All it takes is a little creativity. 

Scribble Or Doodle 

Pull out a piece of paper and start drawing whatever comes to mind – really let your creativity flow.

Scribbling or doodling is a great way to channel any worries, stress, goals etc. 

Sometimes certain feelings can be hard to explain or comprehend using words. Drawing them out is an excellent alternative. 

Move Your Body

Sitting down for hours on end can be quite draining.

Even if you’re feeling tired, moving your body in any way, shape, or form can help give you a boost of energy and inspire some great ideas.

Sitting down at a desk determined to come up with a great idea can bring on a lot of unnecessary pressure. 

Going on a walk around the block or practicing some light stretching can help us brainstorm ideas in a relaxed and calm setting. 

Let Your Imagination Take Charge

When was the last time you let your imagination guide you?

When we’re overwhelmed or out of ideas, a little visualization can go a very long way.

Here’s all you have to do.

Take some time to think about the one place that relaxes you the most. 

Alright. Once you have landed on that place, sit down somewhere quiet and imagine yourself there. 

Imagine everything from the smell to the sounds to the temperature. The more details the better. 

Changing up our environment can be very inspiring. However, it isn’t always realistic.

Just because you can’t visit the beach in the blink of an eye doesn’t mean you can’t visualize yourself there. Our mind is a very powerful tool. 

Just Start Writing 

Have you ever put off journaling because you didn’t want to write the wrong thing? If so, you are not alone.

The one thing that makes journaling so great is that it’s for your eyes only.

There is no need to worry about typos, grammar or flow. Writing down your thoughts, fears, and goals can be very freeing.

The first few times may feel a little tough. 

Once you get the hang of it, it’ll become second nature. 

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What Happens When You Stop Procrastinating

Even when you love what you do, there will always be those tasks you just don’t feel like doing. 

Wanting to stop procrastinating is one thing. Actually, going through with it is something else. 

Today we will be chatting all about what happens when you stop procrastinating.

You Are Less Likely to Forget Important Tasks:

How many times have you told yourself you’ll respond to that email tomorrow or follow up with that lead tomorrow?

The thing is, when you keep pushing off tasks until tomorrow, tomorrow never comes.

We’re all human, and we forget things all the time. However, the more tasks we put off, the more likely we are to forget about them – until it’s too late.

Generally speaking, if something takes less than 5 minutes to complete, you should do it right away. Every task completed will give you one less thing to worry about. 

You Won’t Miss Deadlines:

So many of us can fall into the habit of putting off non-time-sensitive tasks.

The thing is, when you put off a non-time-sensitive task long enough, it’s only a matter of time until it becomes time-sensitive.

Time really does fly, and deadlines have a funny way of sneaking up on us.

Just because that paper isn’t due until the 10th, doesn’t mean you should put it off until the 8th. There will always be last-minute tasks that throw us off guard. Exactly why it never hurts to get things done early. 

There’s Nothing Better Than a Completed To-Do-List:

There is nothing better than crossing every single item off your to-do list at the end of a long day.

It gives you such a strong feeling of accomplishment. If you finish your day-to-day tasks earlier than you expected, you can even get a head start on the following day’s list. Learn More

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How to Prepare For The Winter Blues

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Everything from the shorter days to the greyer skies can drastically change your mood during the winter. It can even bring on anxiety, fatigue, and irritability.

The good news is, there are lots of things you can do to help turn your mood around.

Keep Busy

The thought of staying home all day may sound relaxing at first, but doing so will only hurt you in the long run. Any activity that gets you out of the house can significantly improve your mood.

Have a Support System

Think about it; your friends and family can’t support you unless they know what’s going on.

Chances are you likely aren’t going through this alone.

If any of your friends or family are feeling the way you are, you can get through the winter together.

Get Enough Sun

Our days are shorter in the winter months. This can make spending enough time outdoors a little tough.

Shorter days impact your internal body clock, which can affect your mood, sleep, and appetite.

There will be those days where it’s way too cold to go outside.

But don’t let that stop you – sitting next to a window is a great backup plan.

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Stuck in a Rut? Here’s What to do

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Have you ever had one of those days or weeks where you don’t feel like yourself? If so, here’s what to do!

Take Care of Yourself

It’s so important to evaluate what your body needs.

Are you feeling overtired? Go to bed early tonight.

Been eating takeout every night this week? Prepare a home cooked meal.

Feel overworked? Take the night off and go out with friends!

Your body is always telling you things. It’s just a matter of actually listening.

Amp Up Your Routine

Of course, habit and structure are important – but it’s fun and healthy to mix it up from time to time.

Feel like your routine is great to the way it is?

Remember – no one said these changes have to be drastic.

Taking a different route to work or visiting a new coffee shop can make a huge difference.

Say Goodbye to Perfectionism

Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, you still aren’t good enough? It’s definitely not a fun feeling.

When you’re constantly unhappy with your performance, it’s hard to say motivated.

Embrace your fears. Learn from your mistakes. Be proud of yourself.

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Be Careful - Your Smartphone May be Hurting Your Health

Be Careful – Your Smartphone May be Hurting Your Health

Smartphones can be our best friend and worst enemy at the same time.

They help us connect with loved ones, learn new things and can prevent potentially dangerous situations.

However, they can also be quite distracting and can prevent us from living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

With that being said, here are a few ways smartphones can be used to your advantage.

Sleep With Your Phone Off

Keeping your phone right next to your bed can be extremely distracting.

Even if it’s on silent, the light actually stimulates your brain to stay awake.

Not exactly what we want before bedtime.

So, you may be thinking to yourself “But, what about my alarm?”

Great question.

Invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock. You’ll be surprised how much easier it will be to fall asleep without all the distractions and need to check social media.

Exercise & Activity

The app store has an endless supply of apps to choose from.

Some of them are great for our health, while others are great for entertainment.

There’s nothing wrong with playing games on your phone once in a while.

But some of these games can become addicting and decrease your daily activity.

Exactly you should make the switch to fitness apps. Some apps track your steps, remind you to work out, or even guide you through workouts.

Again, there are several to choose from, so it comes down to personal preference.

Productivity

Did you know that putting full attention into our activities make us happier?

It isn’t exactly easy to fully concentrate when your phone’s constantly going off.

Take a minute to think about how many times a day you check your phone. It could be dozens!

Put your phone on airplane mode, turn off push notifications and enjoy the boost in productivity.

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How to Master Positive Self Talk

How to Master Positive Self Talk

Mentally healthy people have quite a few traits in common – masters of positive self-talk is right at the top of the list.

Ready to change the conversation with yourself? Great news, you’re in the right place.

Success Comes From Doing

Wanting to feel better is a choice. You know yourself best. You know what activities make you happy. So what are you waiting for? Go out and do them!

Challenges Are Opportunities

No one ever said life was easy or fair. But it’s not just on you. We all have bad days full of challenges and obstacles.

You can either feel bad about it.

Or do what you can to turn this negative into a positive.

We All Make Mistakes

Now, this may sound cliché – but it’s true. Everybody makes mistakes.

And mistakes are not a bad thing. In fact, they are one of the best ways to learn.

You can read about something day in and day out, but it isn’t until you actually go out there and practice, that you learn.

The biggest opportunity of your life might be just a mistake or two away.

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