Day 1 Embrace Fun: It's day one and you are already about to tune out. Embrace FUN? Did I really say FUN? I mean, let's be real. We are BUSY people. We have jobs. We have housework. Add in families, appointments, daily commitments and caring for everyone around us -- who has time for FUN? Am I seriously suggesting that you find time to add PLAY-TIME into your life? Are we in kindergarten?? Listen--- before you tune me out -- play time is NOT something that should be a low priority. Yet, we often overlook it. We view it as unnessary. Something to feel guilty about.. In the hustle and bustle of life, the things that make us happy are drowned out by all the clutter, noise, and daily demands that close in on us. But it isn't just about fun and games. It's about our mental, physical and emotional health. And it's crucial. Don't believe me? Just listen.
Day 2 Eliminate Clutter and Prioritize Productivity: Physical and emotional clutter has a huge impact on the way we live and work. Cluterr; both physical and emotionsl is the junk food of the brain. It competes for attention. It has a negative effect on your habits and daily life. How can you expect your brain to focus when it has to week through images of physical and emotional clutter? We need to develop habits of smart strategies to manage papers, objects and pent up emotions if we want to have hugely impactful lives.
Day 3 Tune-In to Your Body; Our bodies are constantly talking to us. But how much time do we take to be still and LISTEN to what our bodies are telling us? For me, I spent YEARS kidding myself that I was taking care of me. After all, I ate a healthy diet, drank plenty of water, used a fabulous superfoods shake every day, and worked out like a fiend.
And then my body betryed me. Or did it? When I took the time to really LISTEN, I realized that I was the one who betrayed my body. It had been trying to get my attention for years. And when I finally got still, listened, and took the time to take action, healing began. Tune in to your body. It's talking to you.
Day 4 Redefine Your Mindset: Our mindset is the window through which we view the world, our circumstances, our lives. Imagine looking outside every day through a window that is caked with dirt. Even if the skies are blue and the sun is shining brightly, that dirty window is going to make everything look dreary, dingy and dim. But take the time to clean the window, and then the entire view changes.
Think about flying. It can be a dreary day with rain falling on the ground. But as soon as the airplane breaks through the clouds, the blue skies and sunshine appear.
In both examples, the sunshine and blue skies were always there. We just had to clear the lens and break through the clouds. How do you change your mindset? With intention and persistence.
Day 5 Stress Detox; 70% of adults in the US alone report daily feelings of stress and and anxiety. From traffic, to arguments, to toxic work environments, to taking care of kids, aging parents, and household chores, there are plenty of situations that can trigger our stress and send our heart rates soaring and our brains to overloaded mind chatter.
Is there a way out of all this stress? Sure is!
Day 6 Defining and Respecting Your Boundaries. Are you a people pleaser? Afraid to say "no"? Do you allow people to walk all over you? Do you feel used and abused? I don't know about you, but all of those situations defined me for years-- until I realized the importance of setting person boundaries and not allowing others to treat me with disrespect. No is a complete sentence. And I wasn't willint to be treated with disrespect any longer.
Without boundaries, we are allowing others to determine and define our thoughts, feelings, and needs. I say it's time to take that respoinsibility on ourselves and set our own personal boundaries. Wouldn't you agree?
Day 7 What Does This All Mean for YOU? Navigating Life, Disappointment, and Change. It all boils down to attitude. Your attidue about fun, productivity, stress reduction, your mindset, set-care, and defining your own personal boundaries.
It’s up to you.
What is your life going to look like a year from now?
Despite any circumstances, any news, any change - YOU are in charge of how your life looks a year from now.
Because despite the things that happen - you get to choose how you will use them.