How to lighten your heart when you’re feeling heavy?
Here are 3 things I have found helpful…
Notice your mind when it tells you to do more, be more, have more, there’s not enough. When you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, dig around in your mind and figure out what you are afraid of. Is your mind telling you things need to be a certain way? That you and your house need to look a certain way? Your kids need to behave a certain way? So that other people will feel and think a certain way? Who would you be if you let go of all of that? What really matters?
Practice gratitude. Right now, think of 3 things for which you are thankful - little, specific things you may typically overlook. Mine the beauty in your life. It will interrupt your fear and anxiety.
Give someone a compliment. When you lighten up someone else’s life, you can’t help but do the same for your own. I tried this the other day on a walk. I passed a garage where neighbor (who I don’t know) was building furniture (as I have seen him do). I noticed that he was sanding a beautiful, intricate wood table and I said, “That looks amazing!” and kept walking. He smiled and thanked me. I still feel a happiness boost thinking about it a week later and I hope he does too. I can’t believe how often I forget to say nice things to my husband and my kids (and how quick I am to remind them to do their dishes).
Wishing you lightness this season and always!