In most parts of America, Daylight Saving Time just occurred this past weekend--we set our clocks back one hour so we don't spend most of our morning in darkness. (Here's more on Daylight Saving Time, which was always a little confusing to me.) I love the idea of turning back the clock (and, like many, I wish I could have the experiencing of having an extra hour every weekend!) but living in an area that participates in Daylight Saving Time and waiting for Fall isn't the only way to participate in 'setting back the clock'. These stress-management-related methods also come to mind:
- Savor Past Experiences:
While it's a good idea to live mindfully in the present moment, savoring and reliving happy memories can be a way to give your mood a boost, maintain a connection with meaningful people and memories in your life, and keep an attitude of gratitude for all that you've enjoyed so far in your life. Some ways to savor past experiences: reminisce with a good friend, maintain and re-read gratitude journals, write about happy memories, look at photo albums and really feel the happy feelings you felt in those days. Rather than merely remembering the events, let those feelings wash over you, and enjoy them for a few minutes.
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- Manage Stress Today:
Because stress management is linked with health and longevity, working on ways to relieve stress today can lead to more happy tomorrows. (You can then 'turn back the clock' by looking back at today from those tomorrows, haha!) Seriously, though, the way you live today can determine the quality (and quantity) of your tomorrows, so making a commitment to relieve stress in one or two new ways today can lead to greater wellness and happiness.
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- Find More Time:
Look at your current schedule and see if there are any ways you might repurpose an hour from time-wasting activities to things that will really enhance your life. Really live each day to the fullest, and be sure that your life has some activities you really enjoy.
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