It’s really easy when I’m stressed to focus on whatever is not making me happy. It becomes a downward spiral, though, when all of my energy is focused on something negative.
I’m learning how important it is to make sure every day includes something that I really enjoy. Though I love my weekends and plan to do lots of things that I enjoy, I find it’s not enough. I don’t want to wish my life away living only for the weekends. I want to live for every day.
I decided to try a little experiment. I had a really crappy day—you know the kind. I woke up and my neck was tight and sore, my coffee pot broke filled with water, so coffee grounds and water leaked everywhere in my kitchen, my washer died, covering the laundry room in water, then work… I won’t even go on as I’m feeling the stress invade my body just thinking about all of this! I decided to break this cycle and change my mood.
I decided to step away—take a break from the things causing me stress and step out of it, consciously choosing to replace the feeling of stress with something else. Instead, I played some music that I love on my ipod and took one of my dogs for a short walk. I then iced my neck and laid with my eyes closed for a few minutes, drifting away with the music and cooling off.
It’s amazing what the fifteen-minute break did for me. I decided that it just wasn’t worth being all cranky and instead, decided to focus my energy on the things that I could control instead of what I can’t. What a difference listening to what makes your heart sing can make!