Few things are more stressful than natural disasters. They are unpredictable, often happen with little notice or time for preparation, and feel completely out of our control. For this reason, I often use the “hurricane example” when teaching stress management techniques—particularly the importance of differentiating what you can and cannot control, making a plan to control what you can, and coping with the emotions of what you can’t.
Are you and anxious parent? I know what it’s like to lay awake at night worrying. Do you? Worrying about whether you’re doing the right thing for your kids or doing enough for your kids. You might be worrying about your child’s future and how they will be able to make it in this world, or how they will be judged by others.
Doing your best is not a reason to stop trying. It's possible to be doing your best and try to do better. With continued effort, your best can improve over time.
Ok, I know a bowl of beets isn't as appetizing as a box of chocolates, but bear with me here. The other day I had beets that someone had given me that I wanted to use before they went bad. So I found a recipe and spent a good 30 minutes preparing this beet dish. Now I should mention that I have a long-standing mental-block against beets.
Progress is rarely a straight line. Today, try to focus on the progress you've made more than any setbacks you've experienced.
Mindfulness involves purposefully bringing attention to the present moment without judgment.
Today, find 5 minutes to intentionally be mindful of your breath.
Progress is rarely a straight line. Today, try to focus on the progress you've made more than your setbacks.
Judgments are value label, such as good/bad, right/wrong, and should/shouldn't. Judgments interfere with acceptance and progress. Today, try stepping away from judgment and focus on what is or is not working instead.
The first step to change is accepting what already is (remember yesterday's tip on acceptance). Today, practice accepting reality as it already exists.