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The big picture and saving your sanity

It's all in your head

 

Inevitably, we all go through periods in our lives where we are simply stretched thin.  You know what I’m talking about, you have 50 things that MUST get done this week and you’re only going to get half of them done.   Sometimes we do this to ourselves (like a bunch of jerks), but sometimes the universe just has plans for us that we have no control over.   I am currently spread pretty thin (mostly by my own doing), and I’m here to offer you some ideas for keeping your sanity intact the next time you find yourself with too much to do and too little time.

First of all, you have to focus on the big picture.  Really.  Close your eyes and spend a few minutes imagining what it will be like when you are done with all the things that are currently on your plate.  Think about all the benefits.  Maybe you are remodeling a house and you will have a nicer living space.  Maybe you are finishing a degree and you will get a raise/promotion/good job.  Maybe you are hosting for the holidays and you will get many wonderful memories.  Spend some time thinking concretely about every good thing that will happen because you are spread so thin right now.

Thinking like this helps me put things into perspective.  Sure I might be running around like a chicken with my head cut off NOW, but sometime relatively soon I will have a whole host of new wonderful things in my life.  Concentrating on those wonderful things makes hectic days seem a lot more manageable.

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Put on your walking shoes

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Health and happiness are inextricably linked.  In this day and age, we all know that exercise is good for us.  But exercise science is relatively new, and we don’t really know exactly HOW good for us it is.  We also don’t know exactly where the threshold is for getting all the health benefits of exercise.  Either way, I’m not taking any chances.  I started a new exercise program this month.  It centers around strength training and conditioning in varying degrees.  However, even if you don’t like weights or running, you can still get a lot of health benefits relatively easily.

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Progress… Not Perfection.

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Notice how the graph goes up overall, but there are some places where it temporarily dips back down. Photo credit – cobrasoft

There is a little bit of perfectionist in all of us.  It varies per individual, but it’s there to some extent in everyone.  That little voice inside telling us to keep working on the details until we get them JUST right.  And that little voice is really great for a lot of things.  It pushes us to do our best.  It reminds us to stay on track.  It helps us operate at 110%.  And it is, no doubt, a large contributor to good grades in school, excellent presentations at work, and any other good product in our life that requires extreme attention to detail.  But sometimes that little voice is a dick.

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To Your Health

The is the first post of many that will address health as it relates to happiness.  In particular, I’m going to be talking about the three pillars of health: exercise, diet, and rest.  There is a TON of scientific evidence out there that says your happiness level is related to all three.  I’ll probably share a few choice articles, but for the most part I’m just going to be talking about common sense stuff, and things that I have noticed in my own personal experience.

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The Great Outdoors

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Smoky Mountain Bliss

By now pretty much everyone with a brain agrees that evolution is a thing.  By that I mean that species adapt and evolve over time to meet the demands of their environment.  We human beings are no exception. The point I’m trying to make here is that we haven’t always lived in houses with electricity, televisions, computers, the interwebs, and e-readers.  Believe it or not, we used to spend the VAST majority of our time outside.  However, today we spend most of our time sitting down and looking at a screen.  This is bad for our happiness levels.

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