Here’s the deal, we have a ton of stuff that is expected of us each and every day. Some times it comes from our own internal ‘to-do’ lists and often it’s a mixture of responsibilities that come from work, family, and this thing we call life. As I was working through my own tedious tasks today I couldn’t help but notice that none of my important items had to do with me, my well-being, or pretty much anything that made me feel light inside. So I paused for a minute, jotted down a few things that I could (and would) do before my head hit the pillow tonight.
I list 21 items below but the idea is not to do them ALL today or maybe even all this week, but it’s a great start. I simply wanted to write them down so I could work through a little every day. It’s not an exhaustive list and I encourage you to add or adapt your own actions, but hopefully it will give you a nudge (if you need it) of inspiration to pause and pay special attention to your best resource, YOU!
Pick 1 or 2 or however many you think you can realistically do today and feel free to repeat the same list for tomorrow. I truly hope and believe that any one of these actions would improve your overall sense of well-being, feeling of peace, or even relief (even for a just a moment). I do offer a bit of explanation with a few of the items, but mostly that is for comical benefit. I tend to use humor as a primary coping mechanism (hence, all the smiley faces all the time)!
- Smile. 🙂 See…it’s already working!
- Forgive yourself for something (could be for getting frustrated easily or maybe it’s just easing up some of that negative talk within your own head…)
- Hug yourself (or someone else). If you need instructions on hugging yourself: take your left arm and place it on your right shoulder. Then take your right arm, place it on your left shoulder. Now squeeze. I know, sounds silly, but works every time!
- Trust yourself. If this seems too daunting, then start by asking yourself what it means to ‘trust yourself’.
- Write out a gratitude note.
- Replace a complaint with a positive statement. Note: the more you practice this one, the more you notice those around you who could use the practice!
- Slow down (yes, this is vague…it is supposed to be as only you know what that means for yourself. Take it as literal as you like 🙂
- Hold the door open for the person behind you or perform any other random act of kindness.
- Say good morning (to everyone)!
- Tell someone you love them (this could be yourself as well….if you choose self, I recommend saying it in front of a mirror. It has more impact when you see yourself saying it).
- Choose to be happy today (the whole day).
- Sit quietly for 5 minutes. No talking, just listening. Can be done with eyes open or closed, your choice.
- Embrace change. Again, figure out what that means for you to ’embrace change’.
- Let go of something that no longer serves you.
- State a dream of yours out loud (doesn’t matter if anyone else hears it).
- Write out a definition of ‘love’ without using a dictionary. Describe what it feels like, looks like, and how you know it exists.
- Practice patience.
- Stretch your body (arms, legs, whatever makes sense for you).
- Listen to your body (instead of a clock) to tell you when you are hungry and tired.
- Take 5 deep breaths.
- Smile. Listed twice because it’s just that awesome!
Will these things change your life? Probably not. Will they lighten your heart? I surely hope so. Be intentional today and move yourself and your well-being to the number one item on any of your ‘to-do’ lists!
Reblogged this on theartoflovingkindness and commented:
I’m reblogging this from Intentional LUCK. She has a lot of wisdom and insight, and I found several suggestions helpful to me, personally. Peace to all; peace to you!
okay, #14 really helped me with a couple of scenarios and I shared it with a friend who actually had come to a place of seeing the need to let go of a work project that was too negative. this is a good list!
Hey! I’m so glad you found the list helpful…feel free to re-post/adapt or adjust what you like and pass it on! I actually printed it out as my own gentle reminders each day so it’s cool that you found it just as useful. Thanks for sharing your story about your friend, that is too cool. Take care!
do you mind if I reblog this? 🙂 Just reading over the list brought me positive energy. thank you for taking the time to write this post!
Thank you for these insightful and wise suggestions! 🙂
No problem, thanks for the feedback!