All posts tagged: Stress

Transitions take time …

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Acceptance / Baby Boomers / Meaning of life and that stuff / Uncategorized / Wisdom

I gave up full time work six years ago and I am still adjusting to the changes brought about by that decision. Many, many times I dreamed I was back at work – usually late and a bit lost – people had moved around and I couldn’t find them. This week I dreamed my old boss fired me! I was actually pleased, especially when he gave me a cheque for $14,000 (only in my dream)! […]

Assertive or aggressive?

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Mindfulness / Wisdom

I have never been very good at dealing with conflict. I just don’t like it! Never-the-less, we are sometimes caught in situations where we either give in too easily on the one hand or, alternatively, get too angry.  I came across this little story recently and thought it was worth sharing (again) as I believe it provides an alternative to the extremes of not acting and reacting in a negative way. Once there was a […]

It will pass …

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emotions / I feel... / Mindfulness / Philosophy

In my life there are times when I experience intense emotions – sometimes good and sometimes not. I am sure we all do.  I have found that the secret to riding out these emotions is to try to remember the following: My emotions are not me – they are but a tool or instrument in my experience of life They will pass. Sometimes it feels like an eternity but just like the tides, my feelings […]

Tools to boost self esteem

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Acceptance / emotions / I believe that... / I feel...

Recently I wrote about dealing with negative feelings. It helps to have some tools or ideas to counteract them when they hit with full force. I developed this acronym a while ago and try to memorise it when I need some positive input. It is an acronym for the word CONFIDENCE and reminds me of what I am capable of or what I need to do to feel more confident. C is for capable – […]

I will do it later …

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Motivation / Procrastination

I am experiencing procrastination! A severe case of it. However, it has spurred me to action. I decided to put my ideas for overcoming procrastination into a post. It took some time and several diversions before I got to this page. I found a useful quote as well. I also put together a worksheet I have used in the past. So, my next task is to work out what to do first. Obviously the best […]

Life

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emotions / I feel... / Meaning of life and that stuff

I like to find image quotes online that capture how I am feeling. I came across this one this evening. I often feel like this – some days more than others! I have this vague feeling that I missed out on getting the rule book handed out at birth :-). At least today I can accept that is just how I am and not fret about it too much.

A clumsy jump into retirement

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Acceptance / encore / Health / Holidays

The post below was written for an exercise in my creative writing class. I can’t do it any longer. It will kill me if I keep going. After all, it is only a job and there must be more to life than going through the motions and playing the games. The pay and conditions are good but they don’t make up for the emptiness of the soul in doing something that no-one cares about. The […]

What does fear mean for you?

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Acceptance / Friends and family / You must be kidding?

I used to be frightened of lions and elephants when I was a child. That may have been reasonable if I lived somewhere near the jungle or even a zoo – I didn’t. Some of the children’s stories I grew up with were very scary – Hansel and Gretal, Red Riding Hood – even Cinderella with those ugly step-sisters. My two brothers really enjoyed scaring the daylights out of me. They would pretend to be […]

Confidence booster

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Acceptance / Motivation / Self acceptance / The workplace

I developed the tool below to help me in times when I doubt myself. I think of the word confidence and go through each letter at a time. Sometimes I can’t remember my original choice of words and then I come up with new ones that reinforce positive thoughts in my mind. CONFIDENCE IS MADE UP OF MANY SMALLER PARTS C is for capable. You have the basic knowledge and experience to do the task […]

Optimism … easier said than done?

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Acceptance / emotions / Meaning of life and that stuff

This time last week I wrote about a couple of people I spoke with during the day. Both were facing major issues – one was dealing with sickness in the family and the other had serious business problems. Today I caught up with the business person again and ventured to ask her if she had any success in fixing a major piece of machinery. Last week she said it could not be fixed and she […]