That’s where I feel the most at peace, when I’m out among the tall trees or in the mountains or next to a peaceful pond or in my gardens. I feel at peace in nature. Where do you feel at peace? If you really have to think hard about that question then I have news for you: you need to find a peaceful place as soon as possible.
Maybe you love to read, so finding a nook in the bookstore or the library to read for an hour would be a good place for you. Maybe there’s a city park where the cherry blossoms are blooming over a park bench that’s calling your name. Maybe you can find solace in the ocean waves at a nearby beach, or by hiking up to a waterfall and listening to it rush into the pond below. Maybe sitting in an oversized seat at a quirky coffee shop sipping on your favorite drink puts you at ease. Maybe grooming horses and the companionship of animals brings you peace. Maybe it’s as easy as taking a bath and sipping on some tea…
There is a peaceful place for you and if you haven’t found it, I encourage you to do so…and visit it often. We tend to forget to take the time to slow down in this busy world and breathe deep, collect our thoughts and find a moment of peace. It’s good for our stress levels and it’s good for our health to have those moments in life, so I encourage you to find your spot. You deserve a place like that.
I’ve been there in the midst of horrific crisis where people have been injured and hurt and loved ones have passed away and yet during the most horrible things I could imagine, God has given me peace.
It’s actually the little things that get the best of me. During the big times of crisis, that’s when I remember to pray! But it’s those times in traffic when someone cuts me off, or when someone is rude to me at the grocery store, or when someone picks on one of my kids – that’s when I lose my head! No peace in times like that. Ah, but I’m working on that little character flaw.
And I hope you’re working to find more peace in your life. Part of finding peace is to shake off those little things and not let them get the best of you. That’s the part I’m working on. Part of finding peace is looking up when you feel down. I saw a quote once that read, “When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.” That is the truth! When you do that, you’ll be better prepared for the hard times…and quicker to forgive in times when the little, irritating annoyances try to get the best of you. Just a thought.
Jogging of course! It is not only good for the body, but for the soul too! When it is done early in the morning, it gives you a perfect opportunity to meditate, talk to your God, spirit, soul and reflect on your goal, or troubles. Lida
Working on a quilt or reading on my Kindle. Amy
Play JOSH GROBAN music of course! Helga
Bubble baths, gardening, motorcycle rides, tai chi, lying in the hammock on a nice day, and Delilah! Linda
Prayer is my way to relax. I pray and all of a sudden life is much better! Paula
Taking photos is my therapy! Sondra
Blogging my way through my wife's deployment is the only way for me. Wayne
Turn off all the technology and just be. Be quiet, speak whenever, sing, and pray. Can be refreshing. Carol
I do not have any worries or stress, I have Jesus. Judy
Sometimes I work on cross stitch or go to the nearest pond here and sit and listen to the sounds of the night. Marsha
Started meditation and yoga. Patricia
I encourage others. It’s always genuine. Hot air only blows up balloons. I also listen to music. That is an instant stress reliever! Sarah
What are some of the ways YOU relax and let go of the stress each night? Leave your ideas in the comments below for all to see. And then settle in this evening and let me try my best to soothe off the rough edges of your day.
Sit up straight. If you’re at your computer right now reading this, check your posture. If you tend to slump or slouch, sit up straight and tall and proud. Better posture results in better spine health, which can help you avoid injury. Plus, you’ll look taller, trimmer and more put together for it.
Drink more water. If I don’t drink enough water, my body will tell me. I begin to feel sluggish or I’ll develop a headache. Our bodies need and love water so don’t hold back this little gem to better health and appearance.
Step outside. Take a quick stroll around the block and breathe in some fresh air. Instant energizer!
Pick up. Even if you’re sitting at a desk in an office, just pick up or organize the place where you spend most of your time. You will feel so much relief when this small task is complete.
Stretch. You may bemoan this idea but your muscles, bones, nerves and organs will thank you. So take care of you and stretch for a few minutes.
Ladies, put on lipstick. It might sound silly, but I once heard that it’s the quickest and easiest way to give yourself a makeover. Plump those lips with some color and give the world a smile!
How do you feel good for less? It’s a New Year and we need new and fresh ideas to perk up and feel better this year. Share your stories and tips with me via D@Delilah.com
So instead of making resolutions, I opt to make “healthier choices” instead. Instead of one big goal, I set small goals that are achievable and make baby steps to the bigger goal. Instead of saying I plan to lose X amount of weight in X amount of time, try committing to a smaller goal instead, such as never taking an elevator when stairs are an option. Make a goal to get up from your chair X amount of times throughout the day and walk or stretch. Make a goal to add two extra glasses of water to your day. You get the idea…
I heard a great idea from a friend who suggested taking on a small goal each month and then building on it. Achieve small successes that will eventually lead you to a bigger seemingly unattainable goal. You can do it! And when you do I hope you will share your success with me and how you got there.
If you are making baby steps to a better life by making healthier choices, let me know what you are doing in your day to make a change. I would love to get your advice, your tips, your recipes, your ideas and your words of enlightenment along the way. Tell me what you discover works and what may not have worked so well. Don’t worry, I’m not here to judge, just here to offer up some encouragement. Write to me today!