We at times can find ourselves in a negative cycle, negative thought process, or just generally do not feel a sense of hope.
The beliefs that lead us to a sense of hopelessness are a part of the things we carry, metaphorically. Like a well-worn backpack filled with items that are personal to us, we often travel through life with beliefs, ideas, and convictions which weigh us down. Our belief system is meant to guide our actions and ideas– but at times, our beliefs can grab us and keep us unmoving, stuck, paralyzed, even by a narrative that may not even be based on truth.
So while we may not be able to accelerate our time of transition, in what ways can we change our perspective to give us a sense of stability or to have a grounding effect? We’ll discuss this in my latest episode, “The Things We Carry“.
This episode includes a visualization exercise that may help you see yourself setting aside anything that does not help you move forward on your journey in life.
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Having a bedtime, having a consistent schedule for meals, and being mindful of one’s digestive functions are all things parents are mindful of for their children.
Some of the things parents do for their children are actually paramount for adults, too.
A child benefits greatly and even thrives from a healthy routine, because it provides stability, and it also makes it obvious when things are not quite right, and may need further examination.
We too need the stability that comes from routine, especially with regards to sleep.
If you’re having trouble with sleep, there are a number of things you can do to get more sleep, and to get more sleep more often.
One really effective habit of mine is to set a bed time alarm. I have it set for about 20-30 minutes before I would like to be in bed, which alerts me to start shutting down what I am doing and getting prepared. If you have an iPhone, there is already an inherent feature that works this way for you when you set your bedtime alarm.
It’s also important to get back to sleep when you wake up in the middle of the night.
Our tendency is to reach for the phone, and either obsess over how late it is and how tired we will be in the morning, or to start browsing through social media apps. Neither are effective for settling in and resting. Try instead turning on ambient sound, deep breathing exercises, or making adjustments that help your body temperature (i.e. what you’re wearing, turning on a fan, trying a different blanket).
Sometimes after a very long day, we need a little help winding down.
I wrote this sleep story (mostly because my nephew requested it) with a full night’s rest in mind. The story will be fun to share with kids, but suitable for all ages.
As we get closer and closer to manifesting our dreams and hopes, the pain and weight feels nearly unbearable. What can we do to optimize our time and see the benefits of waiting– benefits that outweigh the pain? I discuss in this episode.
We all know to protect our brains from physical trauma, but how often do we protect our minds? Why is it that we screen television for children saying that their eyes and ears are too sensitive, but as adults we do nothing to filter things that may upset us? While we cannot live in a bubble and some things cannot be avoided, I’m giving you some tips of being for mindful about your mental wellness on a daily basis.
This episode of the Wonderfully Made Podcast is about the beauty of high pressure situations. We’ve all had times when we are under pressure and though it is difficult, what it yields can be beautiful and worth the pain or discomfort. I want to help you think about the benefits you gain from tough situations that in all honesty—we can’t usually avoid.
What high pressure situation exists for you that if you completely endure it will yield something beautiful or advantageous? Think about it.