Learning How to Kick the Stress for Good!

To say I had a stressful day yesterday is an understatement! My day ended today with my soon to be 2 year old son cracking our flat screen TV with a toy and destroying it. Sometimes I wonder if I’m a bad mother because I can’t wait for the end of the day when my kids go to sleep. If you’ve ever had one of those days you can relate to where I am coming from. Life is so full of ups and downs that can cause a lot of ware and tare physically, mentally and emotionally. I don’t want to focus on the downs right now, but the ups! I’ve often wondered how the most successful people in life stay up and I’m proud to say I finally figured it out. I want to share this technique with you so you too can always stay up!

Going back to my day, when I finally did get my kids to sleep I sat quietly in my room and went through my day. The first thing I did was think about all the things I was thankful for and then I thought about the high points in my day (yes there were a few, including writing this blog for you) and finally I thought about what I learned. I do this most days and I find by the end of it I am smiling again. If you’ve never tried it before you should give it a shot. Especially on those days where the whole world feels like it’s crumbling around your knees. I want to share my personal journal notes with you just in case you want to start doing it too, so here goes:

Things I’m Thankful for: I’m thankful for waking up this morning, my family, my husband and children (even when they drive me nuts), my loving friends, my mental strength, my spiritual being, loving me for me.

High Points in the Day: The high points in my day were working out and taking care of my body, making plans to get together with friends, day dreaming about the future (try it!), and my daughter giving me a big hug and kiss goodnight and telling me how much she loves me (I must be doing something right).

Things I learned: My son is a lot stronger than I give him credit for, material things are just that material and easily replaced

Uplifting Words (reminders to myself): Strong, graceful, healthy, loving, considerate, caring, courageous, fearless, superwoman:)

Dr. Oz has a magazine called “The Good Life”. If you’ve never read it you should; there is a lot of valuable information on most every page. The name of the magazine is what really caught my attention at the supermarket. I think we’re all trying to achieve the good life in some way or another. I started thinking about what “The Good Life” really means. In my younger years the good life meant being rich, having lots of friends, and doing whatever I wanted whenever I wanted; you know the Sex & the City life. Today a more mature me looks at that girl and laughs, ha! I’ve lived, I’ve loved, I’ve lost and through it all I’ve remained true to one person, myself. I realize that even though I had a horrible day and couldn’t wait to put my kids to sleep I’m not a bad mother, I’m a great mother who’s human. We all have our moments but it’s what you do with those moments that really count. I hope this blog post has been not only real, but uplifting. If you know anyone that could benefit from these tips please pass them along and share.

Now it’s your turn to share with me. I want you to post your thoughts on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/greenplicity). I’d love to hear about some of the tricks you use to get through the day. Let’s encourage each other. Have a good week and I look forward to getting some real tricks of the trade to add to my repertoire!

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