Last time I asked you to write a list of all the things you feel are stressing you out. How did that go? Did you do it? If you didn’t, don’t worry. Go back into the archives and read the previous blog post in August. Then come back here when you’re ready. Simple.
If you have your list, go and grab it.
Got it? Good!
You’re probably looking at that list thinking “OMG! So many! Where do I start?” That’s what we’re doing today. We’re going to pick one. Not just any one, but the one you feel will have the most impact on your stress levels. First up, look down your list as see if there is a recurring theme at all. If not just let the one that needs to be dealt with today, now jump out at you. Just be with your list and let it come, don’t force it. Allows a few minutes for this.
Got the culprit? Great! Now we’ll get onto dealing with it. I want you to take out another piece of paper. At the top you are going to write “How can I (insert the solution you are looking for here)?” For example, say mine was not sleeping well (this is actually my biggest one!) I would write “How can I ensure a great night’s sleep so I wake up feeling refreshed every morning?” Get the idea?
Once you’ve done this, leave it! Don’t try and answer the question right away, unless something pops into your head. Then throughout the day, as solutions start to pop into your head, jot them down, even if the ideas seem a bit crazy, or you feel resistance. Just write them down under your question.
What you have done is given permission to your brain to find a solution and it’s done it for you! Hooray! Now put some ideas into action, try what you have written, find the one that works. Share your thoughts and aha moments in the comments. You never know, someone else may benefit from your experiences and insights.
Now that you know how to find solutions, keep going through your list in the same way. You body and mind will thank you for it and you could end up a calmer, less stressed, happier person.
Now isn't that a great thing to aim for?
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