Gratitude Twice-A-Day Keeps the Stress Away

Gratitude to you for sharing this post with me.

Breathe, listen, enjoy … and read on.

Giving thanks to others comes easy.  Giving thanks for self often takes more time and effort.

When practicing gratitude, remember yourself, your natural gifts.

I invite you to both give and receive thanks.  Make space, and be open to receive gratitude.

Science has proven that gratitude brings benefits to mind, body and spirit.

When in this place of thankfulness, we experience more joy, less stress, and better relationships with self and others.  Knowing less stress, also helps us enjoy better health.

Gratitude for self and others, supports higher self-esteem.  This often leads to greater creativity, productivity and prosperity.

Gratitude has the power to heal, energize and change lives.

Practice gratitude, at least, twice daily to enjoy it when you really need it.  I practice, e.g.:

  • Morning – I often breathe and say, “Thank you” or “I am grateful for…” before I get up in the morning.
  • Evening – I breathe and silently repeat a gratitude before drifting off to sleep.
  • Gratitude journal – I keep one near me and write 1-3 expressions of gratitude each day. I do not think hard about big expressions, I simply write what comes to mind and heart.

As I write in my journal, I breathe and notice how relaxed I feel.  Writing in my journal and practicing twice daily makes it easy for me to call on this feeling when stress shows up.  I breathe, repeat a gratitude, and release the stress of the moment.

Do you have a favorite gratitude practice?  How has it changed your life?  Please share below in the comments or on my Facebook page.

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Say No to Overwhelm

Say “No” to Yes.

Overwhelm is a big issue for many of us.  We have much to do and so many tools to help us do it.  Saying “no” to yes may be the easy way out.

We often say yes when we want or need to say no.  At times, this is what gets us pulled in to the overwhelm trap and we get sucked in like a whirlpool.

We say yes to those we love.  Yes to those we want to help.  Yes to volunteer activities. We also say yes to procrastination and negative self-talk.

I invite you to learn to say “No”, or at least “Later” or “Maybe”.  Say no when you need to rest, renew or regroup before you say yes.  Honor your true feelings and your need for self-care and say “yes” when you can honor that yes without regret or burnout.

Some suggestions to reduce overwhelm, i.e., say, “no” or “later” to:

  • Every volunteer opportunity that comes to you
  • Checking email on your phone when out on a social occasion
  • Saying “yes” when you really need to say “no” or “later”
  • Saying “yes” when some outside voice is in control (not your own voice or heart, but, e.g., society or ego)
  • Working for hours without a break
  • Procrastination
  • Negative self-talk

Do you say yes when you want to say no?  I’d love to hear how that makes you feel, or how you learn to say no.  Please share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

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Get Your Creative Move On and Get Unstuck



Do you ever find yourself at your desk, feeling like you are not creative?  Your mind is crowded, it is hard to focus, and creative ideas are illusive.

This happens to me too, yet, I sit and work and swear that if I just give it more time the ideas will come.  I tell myself I do not have the time to take a break.  I keep working.  Everything seems harder and longer, yet I am convinced that I do not have time for even a 15-20 minute break.

The hours pass and I get things done.  Yet, when I look at my work I realize it is done, but not so creative.  At this point, I am sure I wasted more than 20 minutes trying to focus on my work and get things done.

If only I had used those 20 minutes to retreat from my mental chaos.  I would have gotten more done, in less time, with less struggle.  And, probably with more passion and creativity.

Remember Guiding Principle #3: I invite art, music, movement into my daily life.

Next time, I will not waste time wondering if I have time.  I will just get up, move, shake off the crowded mind and get my creativity moving.  It can be a walk, a bounce on my mini-trampoline, or simply getting up, taking a few deep breaths, and changing position.  Whatever it takes to get my creativity moving.

How about you?  Does movement get your creativity flowing?  If so, share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

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