There are so many sweet, funny and encouraging quotes that inspire us, but I want to share with you one of my all-time favorites – from Mike Tyson (I know, you didn’t see that coming, did you!). He said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” At first glance, maybe it doesn’t seem that inspiring, but it resonates with me in so many ways.
Even if we don’t consider ourselves “planners”, we really DO have a plan. We have expectations of how we think things should go: how our boss should handle a situation, how our children should behave, where our career will take us, when we will get married, how many kids we will have…you get the picture!
“When” and “if” our plans will come to fruition, are only part of the picture. The other part has to do with “when will I get punched in the face.” “How many times and how hard will I get punched?” And most importantly, “what will I do when it happens?”
This time of year seems to lend itself to the unexpected punches. While this is an exciting and fun-filled time of year, it can also be stressed-filled, lonely and even disappointing. So what do we do to not just survive the holidays, but enjoy them as well?
Science has identified some practical things proven to decrease the levels of cortisol in our brains (remember, that’s the stress hormone). These are actually habits we can create!
I know in the midst of too much to do and the stress of it all, the last thing we want to do is add more to the list. But I know from personal experience, you really can change the way your brain deals with stress if you will make a few simple changes. And by changing the way your brain works, you respond instead of react when you get punched!
It starts with Gratitude!
Gratitude packs a powerful punch of its own!
Most of us feel gratitude, but we don’t often express it. Let’s start expressing it with three quick and easy daily adjustments:
- Say “thank you” as often as you can and really mean it! You will be amazed at the results.
- Write down 3 very specific things you are grateful for each day. The more specific the better – pumpkin spice lattes, the time you had riding in the car singing with your kids, the unsolicited help cleaning up the kitchen!
- Tell someone in your life how much you appreciate them and be specific!
The holidays can be both exciting and stressful, and can throw us some unexpected punches, but by taking just a few minutes each day to regroup, we can enjoy them so much more and be better prepared for those unexpected punches. We can get more of every day… not just the holidays!Read More