Recently a dear friend went to see Elton John and she told me he spoke about the healing power of music. That got me to thinking what else in our everyday lives gives us power to heal ourselves? Call it whatever you will there are things in our everyday lives that get us over the hump and convinces us not to slide down next to the wagon and just let the wolves eat us.
Play your favorite music..the music that gets you moving if you need that, or music that relaxes you, or makes you feel young... . but think about taking some time to discern your best music and make a playlist and then just enjoy it.
Laugh - Who makes you laugh? Can you stay sad or stressed if you are laughing? There is a comic, sadly he passed a few years ago, but he just makes me laugh and through the magic of youtube I can watch John Pinette any time. Every time he says, "Get out of the line!" I roar!
Hold a Baby. Is there anything better? And with so many babies in the hospital who need someone to hold them babies are easy to find. A sweet baby right from heaven...it is just joy!
Essential oils....there is one called Whisper by Doterra that completely relaxes me and never fails to make me feel better all over, I love it.
Inspirational talks...I am a sucker for Ted Talks, Les Brown and Tony Robbins. And about a million in between...I also have become a big fan of Mel Robbins and her 5-Second Rule, admittedly well after the crowd, but I still love it.
Scriptures - There is a healing power for sure in words that edify. I find something rewarding every time.
Exercise...the folks at Xuberance will be the first to tell you moving around regularly is the best anti-anxiety drug there is. There is something amazing about holding a plank for a minute when you could barely get in the position 6 months ago...then do it 3 times! Feeling yourself get stronger while you continue to challenge yourself is simply inspiring. I have had lots of conversations with people who tell me they really want to get stronger, feel better and challenge themselves. This is the place to do it.
Contacting someone who has helped you - write a note, make a call, send some flowers...but contact someone who has made a difference in your life and let them know how much it meant to you. You will feel amazing not to mention how happy you will make the the person you contact.
Pet a dog or a cat - it forces you to sit down, breath and relax....you love it and the dog/cat loves it!
Take a nap - So many people tell me its a luxury but is it? You could be on your phone or shut your eyes for 20 minutes...I offer you, the nap!
Believe with all your heart it will be ok - yes you had a disagreement, or you were misunderstood, you were cut off or your pants don't fit...you burned the toast, forgot the bill, left the water running in the tub and didn't water your geranium....it will be ok. All will be forgiven, folks will see what occurred, traffic is traffic and tomorrow don't eat the cake...you will have another chance to make toast and you can afford the late fee, mop up the water and buy a new plant....it will all be ok.
Enjoy Great Friends! This picture is of one of the best days I have had in a long time. Having dear friends from High School come over for lunch. We haven't done that in a long time and I adore these women! We laughed, we cried and we counted our blessings.
Breathe - My phone tells me to stand up and tells me to breathe, I didn't think I would have to be reminded but I do. Yesterday I was so stressed and my short breathing made it worse...I stopped, I started focusing on my breathing (I swear this works) I began to feel better. one minute of walking around and 1 minute of breathing....it works.
You are going to have disappointments and successes, great days and not so great days....but when you find ways to take care of yourself even the worst days have some great moments