This is a fantastic question. I was killing myself with the amount of stress I was ALLOWING myself to experience especially at my job - I teach students with special needs in a middle school. I read a small devotional book and something in it clocked for me. It can work whether you are religious or not, and regardless of your specific religious beliefs. There was a lot in the book but the ONE THING that really helped me was so simple that I was sure it was simply NOT going to work.
The technique is to PLAN THIRTY (YES - 30) SECONDS (YES - REALLY TRULY 30 SECONDS) every hour (the exact timing can be flexible half hour if a LOT is going on, 2 or even 3 hours if everything is peaceful). When your 30 seconds arrives, you first close you eyes, then voice (aloud if you are in a place where that is possible or to yourself if not) a GRATITUDE - something anything you like - perhaps there are time that you might say "I am grateful that the nasty customer has left the building without complaining to the manager." other times, "I am grateful for the fact I have a job that helps pay the bills." Then, you ask for compassion or patience to treat everyone you come in contact with with kindness and respect. Open your eyes and move on with your day. Take a deep breath or two during this process.
I can assure you that my challenges this year were no smaller than in the past. There were as many MAJOR crises to deal with, as many nasty people, and just as many financial, personal, and other challenges, but I felt like my year was really successful despite all that. I also was able to stay on track and lose about 80 pounds. I was also happier. I was also told I LOOKED better.
You might try some version of this for yourself. It really worked for me.
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.
| current weight: 238.0