A few of these are testing me at the moment.
1. Write it down. Obviously blogging is a form of journalling, but if you don’t feel the need to put your thoughts out there for all to see, why not keep a journal for yourself? We’re so busy these days, and it’s so easy to forget the little things that happen. Writing about events that have affected your day is not only a good way to debrief, it’s also nice to look back and remember the details.
2. Find a hobby. We all have things that need to be done, whether it’s paid employment outside the home, raising children, a mix of both or anything that falls in between. But what about things you do because you get enjoyment from them with little or no expectation? Hobbies are a great way to wind down, and if you don’t do it perfectly, who cares? As long as you’re having fun and letting your mind idle for a while, it’s a good thing.
3. Sing! I’m a really bad singer, but that doesn’t stop me belting out a tune regularly. Not in public of course, that wouldn’t make anyone very happy. But, when I’m driving, in the shower, vacuuming, or just about any other time I get alone, I go for it, and it feels great! Singing is like exercise, it makes you feel good and helps clear your mind.
4. Stretch your patience. As much as others can test your patience, see how far you can stretch it. Some days we’re pushed further than others, and it can be really easy to snap. The old suggestion of counting to 10 before you blow your top is a good idea. Just see if you can make your patience level that little bit higher. You’ll feel better in the long run.
5. Enjoy treats. I’ve been consciously trying to lose weight and get fitter lately, and it’s paying off. I think the thing that has really kept me on track is the fact that I’m not depriving myself when I feel like a treat. I’ll have one, but just a small amount, and that’s enough to satisfy any craving that may be threatening. You can bet, as soon as you tell yourself something is taboo, you’ll desperately want it. Treat yourself, you deserve it.
What’s the one thing that you consider a real treat?