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Weekly Wisdom 10-05-2015

Weekly Wisdom 

October 5, 2015

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
   – Bob Moawad

From yesterday’s Seattle Times:
Feeling stressed?  Slow down and tune in
For many people, the fall months are a time of transition, as schools are back in session and daily routines change.  Meeting new classmates and teachers, taking on the challenge of new projects or a new job and adding more activities to what may already be a busy schedule can lead to an increased sense of pressure – or stress.
While the word “stress” often has negative connotations, do not immediately assume that because you feel stressed, something is wrong with you or your life, or that you are inadequate to the task at hand.
One way to think about stress is that it signals a physiological change in your body – your “fight or flight” response has been activated.  An increase in heart rate or feelings of tension in your muscles are some of the sensation somethings when you feel stressed.




Two of my favorites:

• Use writing as a tool

Using calendars and “to do” lists can relieve your brain of the pressure to remember everything.  Writing can also be a way to sort out what is a priority and to break big tasks into smaller ones.  Your brain tends to process information better through writing than thinking, so use writing to help assess what is triggering your stress and sketch out a plan for how to best address the challenge.

• Connect with your values

If you are stressed, you likely care about something – remind yourself of what that something is!  Do you want to be a supportive parent, get a good education or connect with people?  Your body may be giving you some energy rather than letting fear of the stress response lead to avoidance of meaningful and effective action.

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