I love sharing what's working. One of the simplest ways to achieve change is to look at what IS working and do more of THAT. Seems abundantly simple? That's 'cause it is.
1. As of a few days ago, I am officially diet coke and gum FREE. The result is that I've shrunk about half a size. The kind of bloat that came along with a can and a pack can only really be appreciated now that it's gone. I literally got sick and tired of being sick and bloated.
2. To help deal with stress/anxiety, my first step, my holy trinity of coping, is -- the breath, cold water and stillness. This precedes any shift in thinking, any new action, or any decision making. I slow down and deepen my breathing. I drink ice cold water (no fizz) . I don't move. I just sit. I can't begin to say how hopeful (I mean helpful, but it is hopeful, too!) this is, not to mention courageous, since it can feel very scary to just sit in the anxiety and do nothing while anxious thoughts fly around in your head like balls in a batting range. Yet, what happens time and again in things begin to slow down and I start to feel better.
3. intenSati. I teach it, I take it, I LOVE it. www.satilife.com
4. I have a personal trainer I work with weekly and in between sessions -- every single day* -- I email him what I ate for the day, what I did exercise-wise and what I did to REST. Such value. The REST section is hilarious, since you're looking at someone for whom "sat on couch and watched Smash" is an event. If slowing down is challenging, I highly suggest building in REST activities, from meditation to 10 minutes of thumbing through a magazine (the paper kind).
5. Building in "every single day" habits. Do something every single day for 30 days and see how keeping that level of commitment affects you. :)
6. I shared about my recent foray into ACT therapy (see my last post) and one of the key tenets is to feel without trying to shift or change anything I'm feeling. The effect is usually that what I'm feeling shifts, so while I kind of hate this therapeutic modality for being sneaky and subtle in the way it gets what it wants, I kind of love it bc it WORKS. Google "Get Out of Your Mind and into Your Life" by Stephen Hayes.
7. I continue to allow myself to dream as big as my heart, mind and soul desires to dream. What do you think I was thinking during the Super Bowl halftime show? Wow, minus the stilettos and pom poms, this would be FUN!!!
8. You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one. Per the above, I hang out with people who support me and my dreams, honor my ambitions, give a rat's ass about my happiness because they love me (not love what I can do for them) and vice versa.
9. I take classes. I've been taking acting, singing and dancing classes for the majority of my life. I never stop bc there's always something to learn! Next up, NADETTE STASA's ON CAMERA COMMERCIAL CLASS. We start a week from Thursday and there are still open spots. Interested in trying something new?
10. I think about my life from a service perspective and a passion perspective. If there is something I LOVE to do and in some way shape or form it makes the world a better place, I get on board.
There you go! #inspireitforward
Would love to hear what is working for you!