by Susie Michelle Cortright
We all get frazzled. We all get overwhelmed and snappy.
And we all need to re-center before we share that feeling with the rest of the world.
Here are a few one-minute "wake-ups" that will help you to re-focus on what's important.
- What are you thankful for? List as many "gratitudes" as you can in one minute. Don't think; just write.
- Recite one-liners: uplifting quotes or favorite Bible verses.
- Close your eyes and listen to your life in all its noisy glory.
- Change your mental scenery. Close your eyes and imagine that
you are somewhere else. Somewhere with sand.
- Drink a towering glass of cold water. Visualize it as an
energy elixir (because it is.)
- Light a candle and enjoy a mini-meditation staring into
- Smile for an entire minute (This falls into the category of "fake it till you make it.")
- Listen to a behavior modification tape. Mike Brescia's are wonderful: http://www.momscape.com/thinkrightnow
- Really look at your family. Leo Buscaglia once took a poll of college students. "What color are your mother's eyes?"
he wanted to know. Only 20 percent of them could answer the question. Take an entire minute to look--really look--at your
spouse or your kids. Strive to be fully present with them, one minute at a time.
- Read an uplifting children's book to your kids.
- Read a devotional or meditation.
- Be silent.
- Turn on some classical music. Close your eyes to listen.
- Jot a few things in your "Bliss Book," a personal journal that contains only positive thoughts,
positive memories, positive ideas.
- Ask yourself: How can I find more patience, calm and strength right now?
- Write your own "wake-ups."
Copyright 2004 Susie Cortright
Susie Michelle Cortright is the author of several books for women and founder of the award-winning
Momscape.com, a website designed to help busy women find balance. Visit http://www.momscape.com
today and get Susie's *free* course-by-email "6 Days to Less Stress."
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