Last week, I taught you how to “appreciate yourself” – the sixth stress management technique of 10 that I’m writing about. Are you practicing? Is it starting to all come together? What techniques have you used so far without realizing you were? Which techniques helped the most?
The purpose of this Stress Management Technique is to:
- reflect on the positive reasons you do most of the things in your life.
- remind yourself that you are about people and show it.
- realize the value of even your mundane tasks.
- remember the loving reason behind all the good that you do.
Reflect back on your day:
- Take a couple of slow, deep breaths.
- Think of some tasks or chores that you did today.
- Ask yourself why you did these things.
- When you remember that you did them because you care, smile.
- Think about how much you care about the people you do things for – and smile.
- Feel your experience of love and care and let it warm the area around your heart – and smile again.
- Remember that often we do things because we want to be of help.
- Reflect on how much you care for all the people around you.
- Remember how much help you are to them.
- Think about how what you do would be missed if you stopped.
- Smile whenever you can for a mood lift.
- Smile at people, and they’ll more likely smile at you.
Use this Technique when you’re:
- feeling discouraged.
- feeling overworked.
- doing routine things like laundry or cooking or mowing the lawn.
- down in the dumps.
- being photographed.
“SMILE BECAUSE YOU CARE” STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE
When you smile, your body and mind move into a healing state of peace and well-being – so care and then smile.
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