One Step You've Got to Take To Meet Your Goals
It's nearing the end of January. How's it going with your goals/resolutions?
As I was listening to the news this morning, I heard a segments about new year's resolutions and how few people keep them -- some studies have found that less than 10% of people see their new year's resolutions/goals through.
The reporter interviewed a local physician who talked about one of the biggest obstacles to keeping new year's resolutions...not managing stress well. Our brains crave certainty which means, when you're under stress, your brain is much more likely to seek a habitual routine rather than follow a new habit you're trying to establish.
What does this mean for you and your goals? Well, before you focus on other goals, focus on habits/practices that decrease your stress. There are some obvious choices, like meditating or paying first thing in the morning, doing yoga, or listening to soothing music. And taking quiet time to put things in perspective and help you focus on what you need to do that day. Beyond that, though, the possibilities are endless -- they can be anything that brings you peace and helps you focus on what's most important.
A few other ideas...
Attend a religious service, a Bible study, or a meditation group
Have a cup of coffee and listen to your favorite Podcast
Go to the park at lunch
Admit that you're stressed and ask for support
Play with your kids (or borrow some if you don't have any yourself!)
Take a class
Do something creative -- draw, paint, crafts
Delegate things that take too much time (at home or work)
Take a day off work
Sing at the top of your lungs
Read uplifting stories, poems, scripture, etc.
Join a group that focuses on what you care about
Enjoy a long hug with someone you love
Watch a sunrise or sunset
Call a friend who makes you laugh
Go to the zoo
Take a nap
Get a massage
Eat your favorite food
Take your dog to the dog park
Light a candle (lavender and vanilla are particularly relaxing)
Keep a gratitude journal
Make a list of things you can do to reduce your stress. Pick one to do several times this week. And let me know how it goes!