Aiming for a Stress-Free Lifestyle...
- Any activity, from walking to swimming, can be a form of active meditation as long as you make an effort to involve your mind, body and spirit.
- Decide in your mind that you are going to participate in active meditation, and determine for how long.
- Begin by focusing on the present. Acknowledge any thoughts of the future or past and allow them to pass.
- Be aware of your actions. Whether you're walking, eating, dancing or sitting, marvel at every aspect of what you're doing.
- Experience how your feet feel as they touch the ground. Appreciate your body as you move, noticing your arms as they sway, your legs as they extend, your shoulders as they relax.
- Notice the details of your surroundings - the smells, the vibrant colors, the sounds, the textures.
- Feel your rib cage and belly expanding and contracting as you breathe.
- Decide when the active meditation is over. It can end either at the completion of your activity or simply when you decide it's over.
A To Do List:
- Before going to bed jot a to-do list in your daily planner (I don't know how anyone can manage without one) for the next day.
- Try assigning tasks to hourly slots, even if exact timing isn't crucial.
- Fill in preset, mandatory appointments such as business meetings.
- Prioritize tasks in order of urgency, and write those down before less important ones.
- Figure out when, during the day, you are most productive and alert. Schedule the more demanding tasks during these times.
- Schedule an easy job after a difficult one or a long task after a short one to keep yourself stimulated.
- Indicate time for breaks and time to spend with family and friends. (it's a must!)
- In addition to your daily schedule, keep an ongoing list of projects that you need to accomplish, but haven't penciled into your daily list ' things to fix around the house, bills to pay, people to call.
- Update this list at least once a week.
- Try keeping a list of long-term goals.
- Make a running list for leisure or entertainment goals - books to read, videos to rent, restaurants to try, traveling, partying (this one is a must for me!).
Coping with Worry:
- Pinpoint the exact cause of your worries. If you feel vaguely uneasy or agitated, sort through your feelings to determine exactly what is troubling you.
- Tackle the worry straight on. Thinking about the worst possible outcome you could face.
- Reflect on your past..what you worried about, the sorts of bad things that happened. You may realize that even unexpected bad fortune didn't turn out as bad as you might imagine, and that you learned a great deal or somehow benefited from it.
- Realize that worrying will not improve the situation..you cannot prevent bad outcomes simply by fretting.
- Take action to better the situation. Do what is within your power to prevent undesirable turns of events.
- Have confidence in your personal ability against challenges. Review your strengths, the challenges you've overcome in the past and the people around you who can offer support.
I want a worry-free, stress-free easy going lifestyle.. what do you want??!