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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hello Sparkfriends!

Over the past few months, I've been trying to focus on pleasurable activities other than eating. Maybe you remember the poster I use as a reminder for those activities.

The trouble is that some of them take too much time or need equipment. So I've been thinking on what works best for me as a quick pick me up. I've come up with a list of small things that make me feel good, put pen to paper, laminated those messages, punched a hole in each of them, gathered them around a ring that I put on my phone case, my key ring, my laptop case... and voilĂ !

Now these short messages may be:
- breathing meditations: 'Breathe in, renew; breathe out, release'.
- affirmations: 'I love and accept myself as I am, right here, right now'.
- quotations: 'You are what you repeatedly do' (Aristotle).
- power poses (a picture with the various poses you can do)
- anchors: when I squeeze my left ear lobe I feel like a cat sunning itself... (It works for me!)
- breathing exercises: 'Breathe in counting up to 7; breathe out with the sound S'.
- contemplation: 'I contemplate what's going on inside my body'.
- visualization: 'Take your wings down from the shelf' (I used the titles of Daily Bliss Trip meditations)
- stretching (I like the chicken wings from P90X or any other quick exercise)
- intentions: 'I intend to have a good day'.
- affirmations with a twist: 'Each and everyday, in every way I am now becoming healthy and fit.' (This one comes from the website Happyecho.com, the twist being 'each and everyday, in every way')
- thanks: 'I'm grateful for all my friends'.
- afformations - I've got the idea from happyecho.com too: afformations are affirmations in an interrogative form, making me feel even better when I think of them. For instance: 'Why do I accomplish anything I set my mind on?'

I'm trying to set a new ritual. I've noticed that when my kids' tummies are full, they just get up from the table and do something they find more interesting, like playing or reading. So I'm trying to end each meal looking forward to reading one of what we've dubbed my sun rays!

Have you got other ideas of short messages I could use? What do you do when you need to feel good rather than head to the cookies?

Thanks for reading!

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  • BREW99
    Such a great idea! I never thought about that thanks for the suggestion. :)
    2215 days ago
    Great idea!
    2492 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!
    2492 days ago
    Great idea! You are so organized and intentional! Maybe you will rub off on me! emoticon
    2492 days ago
    Oh Nan! I love your positivity and GREAT idea for a quick pick me up!! :-) This is really a great idea, completely portable for ANYWHERE, and kid friendly! Thank you for sharing - this is a great idea!
    2508 days ago
    Great ideas here, thanks for sharing them. And a great way of using them, too. I get what you mean about needing a lot of time for some of the renewal activities. In fact doing the IOWL program has made me reflect carefully on how I spend my time, why I do what I do, and what I really enjoy, and how I get renewed. What I realized is that all of what I do is for some good, or I enjoy in some way - even my job or housework, because I like having a tidy comfy home, and there is a sense of accomplishment when you get it done. The trouble was I was trying to do TOO much and then stopped enjoying the things I was doing because they all started seeming like work. The trick for me seems to be about right awareness, and seeing that most things that I do can renew me in some way, when I do them in the RIGHT BALANCE and with the right attitude. Your idea with these messages seems great because they can quickly shift your attitude, so you can feel better doing whatever it is you are doing. I like the gratitude one esp, that is working well for me as a mood changer - making a quick mental list of 5 things I am thankful for. But I also feel good from reading my empowering belief statements. I like your breathing meditations.

    I totally agree with you about how children finish eating. Great observation. emoticon
    2508 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3876543
    Wow you are amazing! Great idea! I love it! I need a key ring like that!! And I love that they are laminated. I'm a teacher too and I so get the lamination :).

    2508 days ago
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