What messages do you send to yourself in the morning when you first wake up? Are they messages of inspiration and focused joy or are they messages of doubt, anxiety and fear.
Unfortunately for most people the answer is the later, they find their morning mind filling them with stories of dread and stress about not only the coming day ahead but also projecting that anxiety into the future.
If you are one of those people who wakes with anxiety as you morning companion, there is something you can do about it...
In the next few weeks, the great back to school migration begins for kids all over the country. I remember the mix of emotions that would flood me as a kid at the end of every summer. I was sad that the summer had ended and I would have to return to the routine of school but I was also excited at the prospect of seeing what the new school year would bring.
Ahhhh... the last day of school!
Remember when you were a kid and summer held the promise of endless adventures and unexpected surprises? You could wake up on any given morning with no idea what was coming up but by the end of the day you were exhausted and worn out from your many adventures. It was a time free of responsibilities and expectations. It was a time to play.
Do you still know how to play?
To me, the most dreaded four letter word that exists. Fear can creep into your life and strip you of your dreams, it can steal your ability to accomplish the things you desire. and, worst of all, it destroys the joy of life itself.
Pause for a second and look at your life as it is right now. Ask yourself, "How is fear dominating the experience of my life? How is fear tearing away the dreams and aspirations I have and making me live a life that is smaller than the one I want?"
Because these external events are extraordinary, they often induce extraordinary responses and emotions in us. Being unaccustomed to dealing with feelings like helplessness, anger, discouragement, and even hatred, we can easily become frantic in our search for an outlet for these negative energies. This is a time when compassion for both ourselves and others can turn the tide on these feelings of despair.
A guest blog from my friend Jodi Okun of College Finacial Aid Advisors on that holiday trip home for college freshmen.
Even though you’ve enjoyed the time you’ve spent away at school, you may be looking forward to heading home for the first time. It may be for a long weekend, for Thanksgiving, or even for Winter Break. Regardless of when you go, you’ll most likely encounter some unexpected challenges.
My friend, Cynthia Bazin of SmartChic has some great ideas to keep you safe during the holiday shopping frenzy.
The holidays are a great time of year. The holiday lights; great food; giving gifts to those you love. The last thing you want or need during the holiday season is to be a victim of a crime. When you're rushing around, sometimes you can forget the little things that can keep you safe. Criminals like to take advantage of an opportunity. Don't give them that opportunity. Slow down some and make sure you are always thinking safety first.
Isolation can hamper our ability to feel good about ourselves and the lives we lead. It can make us question our value, our ability to give and receive love, and our place in our families and communities.
But it is impossible to perform at your peak every minute of the entire day. So the question is, when are you at your ideal potential for performing each of the activities you need to accomplish during the day?
As kids, we tend to be more open to the idea of learning just for the fun of learning but as adults the cues aren't as clear and we often lose our inspiration to learn new things amid various commitments and responsibilities that demand our attention and time. When we do make time to learn a new skill it is often related to career advancement with the learning seen as a means to an end, not an end in itself.
Perhaps, just like kids returning to school, we can find methods of inspiring our adult selves to learn something new in an area that interests us and brings us enjoyment, just for the sake of learning.