Sunday, August 22, 2010

Got Stress? Take Five.

Whew - what a week!   In addition to the usual stuff with work, travels, house repairs, getting the kids ready for school (etc etc), I started my second round of P90X and am also looking at my own next educational adventure. Crazy land!

When things get especially hectic, it helps me to have a few mantras that I can quickly pull out of the mental toolbox.  Some days I may sound like a broken record but these are the basics which keep that "overwhelmed" feeling away.   Balance from the inside --> out and all that.

As we prepare for the new week ahead, I thought I would make some of these mantras handy:

1. This is not life or death.  I use this at the office a lot.  Whenever I need to talk someone off a ledge at work, I remind them (and/or myself) that we are not doing brain surgery.  Personally, this reminder helps me keep things in perspective.  Sometimes we make little things far bigger than they deserve. So not worth it.  (My experience in Cannes helped me learn this.)

2. This too shall pass.   Sometimes you may feel like you won't live through certain situations.  But you will.   (Well, most likely... unless you are going in for brain surgery and your doctor ascribes to philosophy #1.)  I just think of all the other crap I've survived which is now a mere memory.  This will pass.  The good times pass too so this is also a great gratitude reminder.

3.  I choose.  While we do not have any control over other people, places or things, we do have control over our reactions and (to some extent) our feelings about what happens around us.   Still, when I feel like I'm giving way to much power to others to the detriment of my own sanity, I take that power back.  I choose peace, health and happiness.  Very Oprah, I know.

4.  Put it in a bubble.  Sometimes, in order to get to #3 we have to let go.  Put it in a bubble and let it float away.  This is in the category of "it is what it is."  You can also sweep it or flush it.  As an admitted over-thinker, this is an important one for me.

5.  It's five o'clock somewhere.   Hey, we all have our vices. Whatever works.

Hope you all have a GREAT week.  Let me know if you have any other favorite sanity-saving sayings!

Best,
Charlene


Photo taken behind my house - love the rainbow!

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15 comments:

Cheryl D. said...

I like number 5! LOL

heather@actingbalanced.com said...

I like number 4... usually like #5, but being pregnant and planning to breastfeed puts a long term crimp in that one :)

Charlene said...

Heather - don't worry... Cheryl and I will each drink for two until you are able. :-)

Vivianne's Vista said...

All are great mantras, which I need to be mindful of on many occasions. If only your mantras were compiled in a little mini book I could carry in my purse, to pull out when needed, my life would be more Zen. Ommmm... (HINT HINT)

Anonymous said...

So true to ALL of these!!
Julie n Houston

webb said...

That choosing to choose is really powerful. Need to remember it more often. Good to see you pop up today.

Sarah said...

I think #3 is the hardest for people, because it's so easy to blame others when things get out of control. Good luck on all your endeavors ahead.

Tracy said...

I'm so glad you visited my blog earlier, I love meeting fellow P90x(ers). :) Your blog is great and my "Mantra" Is "The Day is Almost Over" :)
~Take Care

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

Thank you for this post, I really needed to hear it...

TC said...

When I was training to be an emt our favorite was it's not OUR emergency. Not that we shouldn't hurry and try to be superhuman but there is NO reason to be excited and it will do more harm than good.

Me, Myself and Pie said...

I need to take these steps on a daily basis! It's so funny how the smallest things can stress us out. Great tips!

Di said...

Sounds as though you're starting up with P90x again. Curious how it worked for you the first time around.

Surviving Motherhood said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog :) These are some very good tips, usually I just jump to number 5, but these make a lot a sense.

Look forward to reading more of your blog, love it!

Mrs. O said...

thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! i love your blog, i too am a major over thinker and your words of wisdom are great reminders. i'm a new follower and will definitely be checking in for more :)
mrs. o

kathryn said...

My mom always says, "this too shall pass" but she usually adds, "And only God knows how quickly!" ... :) I like your #1 too.

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