"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
- Mother Teresa
Being fully present today is not only a great way to maximize your success, but it's a very effective strategy for relieving stress as well. If you struggle with anxiety and rumination, try mindfulness. Mindfulness: The Health and Stress Relief Benefits
"We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same."
I love this quote. And while different specific things may lead to happiness for each of us, we all tend to respond to the same basic elements, according to positive psychology research. Here's what makes most people happy--what specific things make you happy?
Read Some Happiness Research
“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”
Perhaps surprisingly, perfectionists can be LESS productive because the intense focus on perfection can lead to procrastination (or missing deadlines entirely!) and other success-sabotaging side-effects. Do you have perfectionistic tendencies? If so, what might you do today to allow yourself to enjoy a successfully imperfect day?
Perfectionist Traits: Do These Sound Familiar?
"We turn not older with years but newer every day."
This is a great quote to remember each birthday, or on days when you're feeling your best times just may be behind you. One thing I started doing for birthdays (and adding to on ho-hum days) is creating a "bucket list" of great things I still intend to do. What might be on your bucket list?
How To Create A Bucket List
"Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way."
Sometimes adding some fun activities into your schedule can give you the energy and motivation to handle the work of your day with a smile. Other times, these activities can lighten your mood, or provide you with a sense of meaning that can get you out of bed in the morning. What "imaginary letters" might lessen your stress today?
Laughing More and Having Fun
"Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."
I’m a big fan of savoring experiences (the positive psychology way)—that’s easy! Accepting and learning from mistakes is challenging, but no less important for our emotional wellbeing, and positively vital for our stress levels! What mistakes can be embraced and mined for good experience?
– Victoria Holt
How To Learn From Your Mistakes
“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
Stress relief, like happiness, doesn't come from having a perfect life. It comes from appreciating the great stuff, and coping with the less-than-great stuff. What do you appreciate in life? What can you look beyond?
The Benefits of Gratitude for Stress Relief
"Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves."
One of the best ways to change your life is to change the way you think about things. Changing your perspective can change everything. How would your day be better if your thoughts shifted?
How To Make Everything Seem Less Stressful
"He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger."
It's not always easy to do, but if you're able to laugh instead of crying or screaming, stressors are easier to handle. Think of a time when you did this well, and remember your strength.
Do's and Don't's of Dealing With Anger
"A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every passer by leaves a
We are all affected by the experiences we have in life, especially as children. Helping kids learn healthy stress management techniques (and reminding ourselves at the same time, or learning along with them) is one of the best gifts you can give. How might you make a difference in the life of a child today?
Make A Difference To Children This Month