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Happiness Stretches

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Times like these when I'm finding every excuse to eat outside of my healthy choices, and finding it difficult to stay positive, I return to do some gentle mind stretches to get into a better place.

Does that sound corny? Oh well!

emoticon Take inventory - what is really bothering me?

emoticonNotice the good things, not just the wrong things... in myself, in others. It's too easy to get into a cycle of being critical.

emoticonBe kind to people. They are sometimes kind back.

emoticonDon't dismiss compliments (I should do this all the time, and I usually don't have to focus so hard on making sure that I'm accepting compliments, but.. healthy habits sometimes take conscious thought.)

emoticonFind beauty in something.

emoticonAppreciate people.

emoticonEnjoy music.

emoticonFind a retreat.

emoticonGet enough sleep (to help refresh the mind). I've been struggling with sleeping well while being asleep, and find that I'm having trouble getting up in the morning.

No recipe is perfect, so I'll just keep stretching myself in these ways until they get easier and easier, my mind more flexible, and stronger.
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