30 thoughts on “Question of the Day – 8/15/16

    1. I try to remind myself to remain in the moment, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I struggle with it. I try to maintain perspective but do not always do a good job of removing worry.

      1. I like what Jon Kabat-Zinn instructs about Mindfulness meditation. He says it’s not easy because the mind does what minds do – they constantly wander here and there and everywhere! The discipline about the practice of awareness is that when the mind wanders, you bring it back to the present moment, focusing on the breath – engaging in that which is life itself – in the present moment. Yesterday’s moments have already been lived and tomorrow’s moments have not yet been lived and the only way to live is in the present moment. 🙂

      2. It takes a lot of practice to come anywhere close to staying in the present. Our world is geared toward planning and the future. Always looking forward. I fail in taking time to focus on now and now only. Seems like I realize this most while on holiday. lol

    1. Being thankful in all things is tough; nearly impossible. My focus is to have a general awareness of thankfulness. Obviously there are times when I’m not going to be very thankful and that is human nature.

  1. I sleep over it. I may call a very good friend or more and have a good chat with them. I have devised a form of pleasant self hypnosis that takes it away instantly -it’s mentioned in my other blog mneme9 incidentally that is about well being. I practise some tai chi. I may play and instrument and maybe even sing a few songs. I may have a good shower. I eat or cook some nice food. I may go to a pleasant café have a hot chocolate and read a book from my kindle. However above all I ask myself why I’m stressed and once I’ve found the reason I eradicate it. It’s as easy as that. I can easily delete depression. In fact I’m so expert at it that sometimes I have thought of starting courses to teach people how to get rid of it. The problem is that I already do too many things unfortunately, but maybe I will soon.

    1. All of these things are good therapy. For me I need to vocalize and purge it from my insides. So I spend a lot of time talking things through and getting it out.

  2. Trying to not let it get to me. I found that often the things that stress me out are not huge issues and the big problems I approach in a very calm way. I believe if you manage to take yourself out of the situation, take a big breath and then reassess the situation you get on top of feeling stressed.

  3. In my experience, stress is caused by two types of things, those you can control and those you can’t. If the cause of my stress is something I can’t control, I move past it. If it is something I can control, then I dive in head first and eliminate it. This usually works, but sometimes it’s a bit more complicated and you have to eliminate the cause of stress in smaller chunks.

  4. Hands down best way for me to de-stress is to exercise…mostly walking. If I can get outside and take a walk it always helps. If that is not an option (the heat here is terrible right now…and sometimes going for a walk in the midst of stress just isn’t practical)…I meditate or at the very least focus on my breathing. Taking a few DEEP breaths to get the ball rolling.

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