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March 12, 2012 – 7:00 pm
August 1, 2011 – 11:35 pm
A friend and I recently met for dinner and chatted about what was going on in our lives. The topic that dominated our conversation was how much change we both have experienced during the last few years. Whether we like it or not, change occurs. Some change we welcome with open arms. Other change we avoid at all costs until we realize that we have no choice in the matter. Regardless of whether we view a change as good or bad, living through it can be stressful. If we are not careful we can lose our sense of stability and well-being.
I shared in an earlier post that a few changes recently took place in my life. The changes were good, and I readily embraced them. But even good change is change, and at times I felt off balance. How did I survive the changes? To the extent possible, I continued to do the things that I normally do that keep me calm and grounded. When I stepped back and looked at my daily routine, I realized that there are seven simple but powerful habits that I do that help to keep my sense of peace and well being intact.
Habit #1 Pray
Each day is a gift, and I start it with a prayer. I thank God for the day, and I ask Him to direct my steps.
Habit #2 Feed My Body
I figured out early in life that I cannot focus when I am hungry. I feed my body “good for me” food throughout the day. For me this usually means three meals and two or three snacks.
Habit #3 Be Quiet And Still
Constant noise and movement can frazzle the most relaxed person. I step away from the noise of the day and take a deep breath. Even five minutes away from all of the buzz can stop or slow down the frenzy that we often find ourselves in.
Habit #4 Feed My Spirit And Mind
It is not just our bodies that need to be fed. I want to maintain a positive attitude and state of mind, so I need to take in nourishment for my spirit and mind. One of the ways that I do this is by reading something uplifting and inspiring everyday.
Habit #5 Tap Into The Power of Love
There is no greater power or support than love. It is important to give and receive love. Whether in-person or by phone or internet, I communicate with loved ones everyday.
Habit #6 Laugh
Laughing is good for the body, spirit and mind. It decreases stress, and that helps to strengthen the body’s immune system. I find a reason to laugh everyday whether it is by reading a funny story, watching a sitcom, or hanging out with people who love to have fun.
Habit #7 Pray Again
I end the day the way that I start it. I pray. I thank God for carrying me through the day, and I talk to Him about the events of the day. Ending my day with prayer helps me to release my concerns and prepares me for a good night’s sleep.
This is what I do to help me stay calm. What are the things that you do on a regular basis to keep your balance? These are the things that can help you maintain a sense of peace and security during the uncertainty that sometimes accompanies change.
“Change brings opportunity.” – Nido Qubein
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