In almost every conversation I have with friends, family, or acquaintances, the topic of managing stress habitually comes up. If I were to poll all of you reading this article right now on what is bothering you the most, I imagine a majority of you would answer something related to stress, and how to manage it.
If you are anything like me, uncertainty can be of the biggest anxiety producers in life. I think as human beings it’s ingrained in us to want to know what’s going to happen, to be assured that we will be safe, and to trust that our best interests will always be met. As we all know all too well, we simply can’t be assured of these things, all of the time Or how about ever!).
Rejection can be a real drag. We get our hopes and expectations up and sometimes, we just don’t get that job, relationship, opportunity, invite, etc. that we really want. Even though we can experience a vast array of sad emotions when things don’t really work out the way we want them to, it’s so important to remember that the Universe is always working in our favor. So, if it does in fact close a door that we were really hoping would stay open, chances are that something even more amazing will come right around the corner to take its place.
How we begin the day, much like how we begin anything, sets the tone and mindset for that day. In continuing down the path to mindfulness and awareness, it’s important to start each and every day on the brightest note possible. We all have so much going on in our lives, and can feel the pressure of daily responsibilities and stresses.
Lately I’ve been feeling super unfocused. The holiday season can have a way of doing this to us, right? So many thoughts telling us to do this, and to do that. It’s not great, and I don’t like the feeling, but I am vigilant not to be too judgmental on myself because of it. In the past I wrote about social media detoxing, and being mindful of the time spent on the Internet. Given that, for my work, I spend a lot of time on the computer, I tend to veer away from my “productive” time and more toward the entertaining, mindless aspects of the Internet. I’ve been letting my monkey mind go, and I have seen repercussions! I’ve noticed that my concentration isn’t what I know it can be, and my presence is certainly not at its highest.
I’ve been going to self-help, meditation, yoga, and mindfulness seminars for years. My intention of doing all this has been to be the best version of me that I can be, but also to tap into my own sense of inner strength and intuition. I desire to create a life I love, one that flows effortlessly and is lead by my own inner guide. I will be the first to admit that doing this has been hard work and at times, frustrating.
I recently discovered something about myself. I’m a closeted know-it-all. It’s weird for me to write that, but I really, really like to be right, and I really, really like to know things. I honestly never would have characterized myself as such in the past, but I’ve come to own that it’s a true trait for me.