-Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that
perfectly. –St. Francis De Sales
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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.
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:
¨Reorganizing your life-
Clean your desk, create an evening routine to get ready the night
¨Avoiding the things
that are stressing you
¨Adding resources – equipment,
¨Learn time management
– plan each day
¨Be more assertive –
be respectful, but express your views & needs and learn to
¨Communicate with people
– listen, make eye contact, be clear
¨Create a positive mind-set
– positive self-talk, watch for negative thoughts
¨Get rid of unrealistic
beliefs about life and your stressors – check your expectations
¨Avoid “musts” and “shoulds”
in your thinking and speech
¨Eat a healthy diet –
eat from all food groups, eat slowly, eat regularly, choose fresh
¨Enjoy hobbies or interests,
- walking, massage, deep breathing, breaks, yoga
¨Get 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
·Look at life through
rose colored glasses
·Decide not to obsess
about your look
·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
·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,
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.
Contact Beth Dargis
I coach stressed-out people looking for peace, balance and purpose.
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with Beth, media opportunities, or inviting Beth Dargis to speak
to your company or organization, please contact Beth at
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