Surefire Stress Reliever:
Let go, even for the moment, of what you think 'should be', and be OK with, and accept, 'what is'. Self-imposed pressure doesn't always help push us forward. Often times it holds us back!
Do an experiment: Stop thinking of where you feel you should be in life and appreciate the spot where you are sitting right now. (Seriously... right now stop and ask yourself to look around and find 4 good things about your life!)
Tried and trusted tip: I've always found that expressing appreciation for what you have in the moment will nudge the universe to find a way to send you more of the same! It's sort of like when you thank someone for a kind act; they're more willing (and likely) to do another kind act for you, or someone else, when the things they've already done are recognized and appreciated.
Don't get me wrong: Now, for those who say that pressure is what moves you forward, don't misunderstand what I'm saying here. I am always putting pressure on myself to do greater things than what I'm doing now. I'm always striving to 'grow' myself. It's what drives me forward. However, I don't do it (anymore) at the expense of who I am at that moment. I do it because I know that I'm not going to define myself by my current situation. I'm always defining myself by what I know is inside of me!
It's your turn: Who are you? I'm not asking you to tell me about your job, car or family situation. I'm asking you to know who you are on the inside. It's not always easy to find out. However, sit with this question (in a quiet place) to figure it out. It has to be a spot where you know you won't be interrupted.
Think about it: It's so much easier to see your reflection in the calm waters of a lake than it is to see your reflection in the choppy waters of a raging river! Find your calm lake, grab a notebook if you like, and write the story of 'who' you are on the inside. This way you'll know how to guide your thoughts towards your destined greatness! This way you'll always be happy with where you are at any moment in time. Remember, however, it all starts with being OK with where you are right now... no matter what 'right now' looks like through your eyes!
Cindy Gagne Teixeira
Just like you, I wear many hats. I'm a mom, a teacher, a friend, a daughter, a sister, and a writer. I choose to laugh (and talk... and write) about my problems because crying takes too much time.