Thanks for popping in. Friday’s blog a private peek, so let me open my little box of handy codes for living, my little tool box for making life more palatable, and perhaps one of them may resonate with you…
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
I can only speak for myself, but I have noticed that as things are getting increasingly more intense out there, my fuse is getting increasingly shorter, my tolerance levels are down, my anger levels are up – and I am biting more quickly. So I have to keep my shirt on, hit the pause button and not sweat the small stuff.
There is so much stuff which can get under your skin if you let it, but actually most of it has absolutely no weight in the bigger picture.
Hit the Pause Button
Often easier said than done, but I find keeping my mouth shut and counting to 10 gives me just enough time to not fly off the handle or react inappropriately. I sound like a right stroppy madame here, I know, and that woman is inside me. I have just learned through many years of practice, how to keep her quiet. Mostly it works, but lately I have noticed her presence more. By just not speaking, not voicing my thoughts immediately, I can usually get enough distance. Can’t help the thoughts that come into my head, but don’t always have to voice them…
Know when to say NO
No is a complete sentence; it does not require explanation or justification. Too often I have said Yes when I actually wanted to say No. And at the moment there is so much more going at work, so much more pressure, so much more to consider, that I have to remind myself of that if we are to keep an even keel at Clarity. No point in biting off more than we can chew – no point at all.
Go to bed earlier. Get up earlier.
More sleep helps. When I sleep longer, I am less agitated, more mellow the next day. Concentration levels are improved, my general sense of well being is better. Do you find that too? I have no trouble falling asleep at all (10 seconds and she’s away with the fairies!). Avoid caffeine and chocolate in the evening, and I usually sleep right through. But these are troubling times indeed, so I’m waking up rather earlier than usual. So I lie there in the dark, worrying about stuff that I have absolutely no control over.
“Dave” I whisper, “Are you awake?”
Invariably out of the darkness comes, “Yep. I’ll go and put the kettle on”
And then the night doom spell is broken and we are wide awake.
These are difficult times for all of us. We just need to have a care for others. And keep crafting. There’s never been a better time than now for using our creativity. It really is a gift.
Love and Hugs