stress, Stress Management

Lighten Up & Relax More

“No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed.”

Erma Bombeck

Stress

An unmade bed won’t kill you, but stress can! Stress is one of the biggest challenges in life and also poses the greatest detriment to our health.

One of the ways to help with stress is to lighten up and let go. Sometimes we just need to relax and not worry about having everything perfect and in perfect order.

Now I am not saying there is a right or wrong. I know some people feel that they have to make their bed each morning and have everything in perfect order and that is perfect. I am talking generically here.

For example, one of the phrases I have used over the years with my coaching clients is this one which helps them to realize what is most important in life and what means the most to them. It goes something like this: “If you were on your deathbed and flashing back on your life, would it be important to you or would it matter that you washed your kitchen floor 2000 times?” What exactly would you be wishing you had more time to do if there was more time left? Probably not washing the floors I bet. 😉

I like to use this phrase or thought process myself when I am trying to made a decision. Perhaps someone invites me out for lunch and I know that I would enJOY that but I feel that I have things that ‘I have to do’…. sometimes I think wait, what really is more important here?

Anyhow friends, that is my thought for the day. 🙂

Until next time..

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Joy

Just Be….

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One of the areas of my life that I am working on is to “Just Be” more often than “Doing”. Sometimes it’s easier than others, but I find I am yearning even more than ever to just be and to enjoy the simple things in life.

I took this picture a couple of years ago at my cottage. I find that I can really get into the groove of relaxing when I am in nature. Nature helps me to connect to my soul and to become one with my essence.

There are many ways to practice the art of being and there is no right or wrong way to do this. Here are some suggestions. Feel free to add to the list:

. A relaxing bath
. Listen to music
. Read a chapter in a good book
. Star gaze
. Moon gaze
. Hug a mug of hot tea with your hands
. Stare out a window
. Light a candle and set an intention when you look at it
. Place some fresh flowers in your space and en-JOY
. Sit on a beach
. Stare at a waterfall
. Stroll in a park
. For some, cooking a meal and connecting with the scents, tastes and love that goes into it

These are a few ideas but there are many ways to connect with our essence. The secret is to set the intention and to make doing so a priority.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist who loves life and believes that if you love life, it will love you back. She believes in JOY and works with clients all over the world to help them to have more JOY in their lives and teaches nutrition for the body and soul. 🙂