My pretty little kitty is relaxing away, while the world around her is stressing out!
I am sorry I have been so slack about writing, but my parents are moving to Stuttgart, Germany for a year! Although I am incredibly excited about their future adventures, there is a ton of chores and donations that need to be made prior to them leaving. I have been furiously packing, cleaning, and donating for the past few days.
On to more important things – a few days ago I read an AWESOME article in my Oprah Magazine (July 2014 issue). The article was about stress & how to combat it and reframe it Navy SEAL style! I thought I would share/summarize the four points in the article, since we can all learn a few things about combating stress.
- Prepare for Battle. Think about all of the possible outcomes of your stressful situation and how you would deal with them. For example, do you have a meeting with your boss tomorrow? What is the worse thing your boss could say? What could your boss say to make you feel uncomfortable? Prepare by coming up with a response, or telling yourself to stay silent and not make up excuses.
- Talk Yourself Up. Positive self talk is INCREDIBLY important. So you did not land the promotion – you’re still amazing – duh. You’re beautiful, confident, smart, hardworking and are really good at analyzing The Bachelorette (LOL). Make yourself laugh, and think about how you’re contributing positively to the world – (I see you recycling)!
- Embrace the Suck. THIS IS MY FAVORITE POINT. I’m going to quote the article because it could not have been said in a better way: “‘When the weather is foul and nothing is going right, that’s when I think, Now we’re getting someplace!’ . . .the . . . suckiest moments are when most people give up; the resilient ones spot a golden opportunity to surpass their competitors . . . ‘it’s one thing to be an excellent athlete when the conditions are perfect,’ . . . ‘But when the circumstances aren’t so favorable, those who have stronger wills are more likely to rise to victory.”
- Take a Deep Breath. Breathe in four counts. Breathe out four counts. It will calm you down, and allow you to open up to more intuitive thoughts! I love taking deep breaths. I learned that deep breathing can even help minimize pain –ladies remember to breathe when you’re getting all waxed up, or doing a difficult workout set at the gym. Deep breathing works well when you can tell you’re feeling emotional too — and trust me I know this from first hand experience.
I hope you’re able to take away something from my small post & I hope next time you’re stressed out you tell yourself, “Bring it on!”
Talk to you later!