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Emotions are what make us human, but they can also unduly influence our decisions in life. When we are tired and overworked, they can get the better of us, and negative emotions can keep us from realizing our potential. But as with everything in life, there are a “work-around” or effective ways to stay negative self-talk and emotions at bay.
Here are just a few Tips for Nurturing Ourselves Emotionally
Count your blessings – Focusing on the positive aspects that are already present works to put your life into perspective when you need it most. Mentally count your blessings one by one and remember why you do have a great experience.
Explore your dreams – What do you want to do with your life? If there was no limit, what dream would you pursue? Take the time to create your own personal Dream Board to honor and showcase all that you want to achieve in life.
Let it all out – What are you holding inside of you? Showing your emotions is okay. If you are exhausted have a sloppy Ugly Cry, shout or stomp your feet if you need to. Bottling up emotions can lead to physical ailments in the body.
Go shopping – Retail Therapy just about always makes us feel good. Buy something just for yourself because you are special. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, but it does need to be for you. Don’t consider anyone else’s needs; only what you want at that moment.
Spend time with your pets – Pets are good for us mentally. They provide unconditional love and affection whenever we need it. Their unconditional love can lift our emotions and help us to realize that we are not alone.
Nurturing Ourselves with a Digital Break
Take the time to actually reconnect with someone in your life offline. Have an actual conversation over lunch or dinner and laugh, giggle and re-tell silly stories.
Attend a concert – Listening to music on an iPod can simulate a live performance but there is no substitute for the real thing. Leave the iPhone and iPod at home and soak up the amazing benefits of live music with friends.
Write a letter – Instead of emailing, sit down and put pen to paper. Express your feelings for someone. People still love to get personal mail delivered to their home.
Turn off your phone – It doesn’t have to be forever. Try it for an hour or two. Maybe you can get up to half a day. Unplug yourself from the world at large and gain your bearings.
Turn off the television – Have a real conversation with your family without distraction. Discuss your day, your problems and any concerns that they may have. After supper, pull out old board games or read together as a way of spending quality time together.
Close down the office for a day – If you work on the computer from home or are an internet entrepreneur, take one day once a month or so to let the business run itself. Give yourself permission to be free for a time.
Schedule time to relax- Relaxing can take many forms. It is not enough to be okay physically if you are a mess mentally and emotionally. You may still suffer from stress.
Which of these ideas works best for you?
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