Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Stress to Success

I'm always glad for a new year and a new chance to start fresh. There is really not a big difference between Dec 31 and Jan 1 yet it feels HUGE! Like when you are kids and playing a game and then someone messes up and yells, "Do-over!" A chance to start everything anew.

I've had this list in my desk for awhile to share with you all. I think this is a good time.

I picked up a magazine Inspiration: Hawaii's Wellness Journal when I was visiting my sister last summer. One article in particular from the July/Aug 2009 issue jumped out at me.

It is called Stress to Success- in Just 31 days and is written by Dr. John F. Demartini. I don't know that much about him or his website but I DO know about lists. I love lists. I love crossing things off lists. It makes me feel so productive. Sometimes I make lists and include things I've already done just so I can cross them off.

Stress-to-Success Secrets
On a daily basis:
1. write and read your goals
2. Clear away your goals obstacles
3. Prioritize your activities
4. Act on top priorities
5. Visualize your success
6. Write and read your affirmations
7. Practice deep breathing and stretching
8. Do selective and collective reading
9. Groom for success
10. Dress for success
11. Love what you do and do what you love
12. Surround yourself with 'succeeders'
13. Drink lots of water
14. Eat light, moderate meals
15. Reduce the 4 'addictors' (I don't know what these are and he doesn't elaborate in the list. I'm going to consider it any addictors. Like diet coke, ha.)
16. Contract and then relax all muscles
17. Help others fulfill their goals
18. Save 5-10 percent of your earnings
19. Write 3 thank you letters
20. Reward yourself for your accomplisments
21. Express feelings of love
22. Hug someone special
23. Clean and organize your environment
24. Eliminate low priority 'unnecessities'
25. Study the subject you'd love to master
26. Spend time in total meditative silence
27. Massage your body or scalp
28. Take a hot bath before retiring
29. Count your blessings with gratitude
30. Get a good night's rest
31. Follow a stress-to-success checklist

I'm going to add one (ok, two) which are pray and read scriptures.
Better go get out of my pjs if I'll be 'dressing for success' today. It is nearly noon.



corilee said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing Emily!

Unknown said...

I always put things on my To Do list that I have already done, just so I can feel good about having something crossed off right away! Thanks for sharing the list, I'd dress for success but my pjs are comfy and there's nowhere I need to be today. Maybe I'll start tomorrow...

Me said...

Great ideas! Thanks!

Heather said...

What is it about lists that is so gratifying??? These sense of accomplishment after crossing each one "done" out, maybe. I love lists too, nut I worked for an absolute nut who put the OCD in LIST who both ruined lists for me and brought it to a wwhole new level. (He acutlaly had me make a list of everything I did each day, in the order I did it, nad left blanks at he end, and had a pad printed out of it, so I could cross of each thing each day. Control issues!?!?!)
I find I need lists these days, Im so absent-minded...

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Branwen said...

Emily, I want to thank you for sharing your story, the posts and your website. My daughter, Simone,was delivered stillborn via emegency c-section on November 12, 2010 @ 39 weeks. Today is my second day back to work. Yesterday was getting over the fear of rejoining the world. Today is realizing I took a step towards living a life without her here. You can imagine my morning. I am the kind of person that wants a "grief manual" or a "recipe" for healing. I want to grieve and be done with it. So not happening. This list though, with something I can check off, might just satisfy the "control monster" in me. So thank you.

I also emailed some friends the blog on "helping someone through their loss" and it helped most of those who decided to read it. For this, I am grateful.