-Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to
be that perfectly. –St. Francis De Sales
Welcome to Encouraging Words monthly newsletter. This FREE
newsletter is designed to encourage you in creating a life
so joyful and authentic, you radiate. Please pass it along
to friends you would like to inspire
I could wish for my life to be perfect it would be tempting,
but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach
me anything. –Allyson Jones
It’s been one month into the new year. How are you implementing
your theme of the year? Has your focus helped?
Do you feel cranky? Constantly annoyed? Do you come down
with colds all the time? Often have headaches? These can
all be signs that stress has taken over your life and your
health. Stress is a part of life, but we have to daily take
our life back from stress.
In his book Stress Management , Gerard Hargreaves
writes that you need to identify your biggest stressors
at work, in your home life and your self. Decide which you
have control over and which you can’t control. Now figure
out coping strategies. Some of his suggestions are:
your life- Clean your desk, create an evening routine to
get ready the night before
the things that are stressing you
resources – equipment, materials, people
time management – plan each day
more assertive – be respectful, but express your views &
needs and learn to say no
with people – listen, make eye contact, be clear
a positive mind-set – positive self-talk, watch for negative
rid of unrealistic beliefs about life and your stressors
– check your expectations
“musts” and “shoulds” in your thinking and speech
a healthy diet – eat from all food groups, eat slowly, eat
regularly, choose fresh foods
hobbies or interests, have fun
relaxation - walking, massage, deep breathing, breaks, yoga
enough sleep – have a relaxing bedtime routine, go to bed
at the same time every night
List your top three stressors
How much control do you have over each of them?
Create an action plan for each stressor. How can you make
it easier on yourself? How can you cope better? What different
attitudes can you take? What do you need to learn? Who do
you need to talk with? Would a different place or positioning
help? Can you change your schedule around?
Self-Care Tips for February:
Get one perfect piece of chocolate
Look at life through rose colored glasses
Decide not to obsess about your looks
Think about what you would love to get for
Valentine’s Day- then get it
one which I have never lived before
and one which I will never get to live again.
Thank you, Lord, for this incredible gift. The surprise
of unwrapping it holds wonder and the privilege of excitement.
By creation. . . I am.
And that is enough.
Relationship Ideas for February:
Make fudge for a loved one
Lift up a friend who is having trouble with
a note or a call
Get silly and laugh with your kids
Buy your mom a warm, beautiful scarf
To meet everything and
everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the
greatest gift you can offer the universe
-- Eckhart Tolle
in The Power Of Now
I encourage you this month to relax, to realize you are
enough and to show love to lots of people this month.
Written by Life Coach, Beth Dargis
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