It began with the usual hustle and bustle as I try to drink down my coffee. I received an amazing call from a little elderly lady thanking me, still not completely awake, it took me a couple of minutes to understand what exactly she was talking about. Three weeks ago I had stopped at this little ladies house that I have been driving by for the last twelve years, always admiring her beautiful flowers. I knocked on her door and asked if I could take some photographs of her flower garden, so to make a long story short, I submitted the photographs to the news paper, along with a story and it was in today’s paper. Yes, it put a smile on my face, but only because I made a little lady extremely happy. And for her to call me made it heart warming.
I have been very ill this past week, thanks to a lovely kidney infection. Now I am back, “I missed my wordpress”.
- Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
- Keep a positive attitude; rather than defaulting to negatives (”Nothing goes right for me,” or ”Bad things always happen to me”), give yourself positive messages (”I’m doing my best,” or ”I’ll ask for help”).
- Halt stress in its tracks; if you feel overwhelmed, take a walk or drive in the slow lane to avoid getting angry at other drivers.
- Manage your time. Give yourself time to get things done; set your watch so you have more time to prepare for an event.
- Do things that are pleasurable, like reading or gardening.
- Take 15-20 minutes every day to sit quietly and reflect. Learn and practice relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing.
- Exercise regularly by bicycling, walking, hiking, jogging, or working out at the gym. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
- Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs. And don’t smoke.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
- Seek out social support.