Burn Your Stress And Frustrations Away

Burn Your Stress And Frustrations Away
Sometimes the best way to destress is to write it all down on a sheet or two of paper. Don't sensor yourself. Just let it flow. Put down everything that upsets you and your feelings about them. 

Once you have identified your frustrations, you can focus on a plan of action for changing the things that you can control and releasing those that are out of your control. 

Then, using fire cautions, light a candle or build a fire and burn the paper. 

This is a great visual of Letting It Go!

Then enjoy the fire or candle afterwords by staring at the flame(s).  See if you get any ideas to help you with your action plan for changing the things you can.


I know this sounds too simple to help, but believe me it WORKS!

Give this self-care technique a try and see how it helps you!

Creating Space For Letting Go Of Stress

Creating Space For Letting Go Of Stress

Carving out space in your home or yard that is just for you can help you find balance when you are stressed or overwhelmed.  It doesn't have to be a big space nor does it have to be fancy.  It just needs to be a space you call your own.


I'm talking about creating a sacred space. A space that you don't do any work in. A space  you can go to when you need to think or have a time out. A place you can go and spend at least 10 minutes a day in, whether inside or outside your home.


A few simple sacred spaces you could create are:

  • In the corner of a room. 

  • The center of a closet.  

  • That sunny window seat. 

  • Lounge chair beside the pool.  

  • The swing on the porch.

  • A shady spot in the garden.


You don't really need much in a sacred space but some people see more benefit with the more elaborate spaces. We'll talk about more involved sacred spaces in a later post.


So what do you do in your sacred space?

  • Have a cup of coffee or tea while contemplating the day.

  • Practice your daily gratitude

  • Write in your journal

  • Read your morning or evening devotional

  • Meditate

  • Yoga

  • Pray

  • Read

  • Just Breathe

  • Enjoy nature


If you have started practicing any of the techniques I've shared in my previous posts, try them in your sacred space. You'll see more benefit from your daily gratitude journaling and/or mindful breathing practices by doing them in a sacred space!  It really does add more to them.




So, tell me below where is your sacred space(s)?




Finding Balance With Gratitude

Finding Balance With Gratitude

Developing a daily attitude of gratitude can make a huge difference in your daily life!


It's a great way to start the day on a positive note and can help shift the energy when the day causes you to become stressed or grumpy.


One way to do this is with Gratitude journaling. It's keeping a record of appreciation or thanks for all that you have received in your life whether from a person, nature, or The Universe/Divine. But it is so much more than that.


Like meditation, gratitude journaling is simply just a way of getting your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts from something negative toward the positive.


How?


By helping you focus on the positive things in your life.


When practiced routinely, there are many great benefits for your mind, body, and spirit. There have been many studies done on practicing gratitude and the benefits the practitioner receives. They have found that when you routinely practice gratitude it can:


  • Increase concentration and attention span.

  • Increase self-awareness

  • Increase awareness of surroundings.

  • Increase mental clarity and may improve memory

  • Increases mental discipline and willpower

  • Reduces muscle tension and relaxes the body

  • Reduce stress and symptoms of stress-related conditions.

  • Reduce anxiety, phobias, and OCD

  • Improve healthy sleep patterns

  • Improve depression and outlook on life.

  • Improve positive thoughts and feelings of self as well as others

  • Create a positive mood.


One thing to keep in mind with this practice is, gratitude is an emotion. So when you are journaling, you should do it with FEELING for what you're thankful for. Otherwise, you're just making a list of things. It won't have the same results.


To help you develop this daily habit, I created a free e-guide, Beginner's Guide to Gratitude Journaling. I have included two different styles of journaling pages you can print out and get started right away. 


Go get your copy here and give it a try for a week to see how it works for you!


Comment below with 3 things you are grateful for!