Monthly Archives: November 2011

What to do when you’re totally stressed out

Work is piling up, you feel a cold coming on, you just missed a deadline, your car has decided to fall to pieces and you can no longer see the bottom of your bedroom floor. Whether you blame Mercury retrograde or just plain bad luck, we’ve all had days where the thought of spending a month in bed eating cookie dough, drinking wine, and watching The Vampire Diaries sounds pretty damn good (Just me?). If this is the case, it’s time to take action. Here are some simple things that help me get back into a centered, focused and happy place when I feel like life is spinning out of control:

* Meditation

* Journaling

* Making a To-Do List and crossing things off

* Reading inspirational books and blogs (see my sidebar for recommendations)

* Spending time in nature

* Getting a good night’s sleep

* Taking bubble baths (more than one a day is perfectly acceptable and etra points for scented candles and trashy magazines!)

* Exercising

* Volunteering

* Getting a massage

* Expressing gratitude

* Spending quality time with close friends

* Sipping tea

* Doing something crafty

* Cleaning

* Dancing

Remember, above all, to be compassionate to yourself. We are all being challenged in different ways at different times of our lives. It’s part of being human. The best thing you can do when you are in that icky stressed out place is to love yourself as much as possible, and take baby steps towards getting your life back in order. And a little cookie dough, white wine, and good-bad TV never hurts! Wishing you all lots of lovely peace and happiness this week!

There is no reason not to follow your heart

“. . . almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
-Steve Jobs

Magic and Mystery…

“I believe that halloween is the perfect reminder that magic flows through us, mystery infuses every encounter of every day…isn’t magic what you’re performing when you create an authentic lifestyle for yourself and those you love? Aren’t you shaping unseen forces with your creativity and soul crafts, bringing into the physical world through passion what has only existed in the spiritual realm?”
-Sarah Ban Breathnach