We live such busy lives. We are over committed. We have demands and expectations that we place on ourselves, but more often than not, we are in a constant state of reacting to the demands and expectations that other people have for us. Whether those people are our parents, our kids, our bosses, our co-workers, our friends, our family. People expect things from us!
And we in turn expect things from ourselves. Who would we be if we let all of those other people down? Who would we be if we stepped out into our own truth and said no? Who would we be if we took time for ourselves and engaged in acts of extreme self care?
I think most of us want to live in a world where we have more time to enjoy life, where we want to experience joy more often, and we want to let go of our stress. However, many of us only do this when we go on our one vacation a year, or spend time with family during the holidays at the end of the year, or worse yet, when we get sick and our bodies force us to take a time out!
And although we desire to live in a state of less stress and more joy, we don’t allow ourselves to live our lives this way. We feel that we can’t, that it is outside of our control.
The good news is that this is a self-imposed limitation, and not how things have to be. It is what we are choosing, and we can choose differently every single day!
One way to open yourself up to less stress and more joy every single day is to reframe how you think about your life and each experience that you have throughout the day. (Tweet that!)
We cause our own stress. Other people cannot do that for us. We do that to ourselves. We want to conform, we want to perform, we want to meet other’s expectations, we want to do it all and be perceived as someone who can handle whatever is thrown at us.
The truth is, we are in complete control of how much stress we take on ourselves. And we are in control of how long we hold onto that stress before we let it go.
There is also joy around us everywhere! But often times we are too busy getting things done and running from one thing to the next to see it. It is super easy to see when you are with a child, or an animal. They live in the present moment, and that is joyful and freeing! They aren’t worried about what happened yesterday or what might or might not happen tomorrow. They are present right now.
In each moment we get to choose Stress or Joy. Anger or Love. Frustration or Acceptance. Positivity or Negativity.
If you want to consciously experience More Joy and Less Stress, sign up today to join me for the 30 Day Positivity Challenge that starts June 1!
Each day for 30 days, starting on June 1, 2015, you will receive an email from me with some inspiration and a new daily exercise to focus on the positive side of life. Together, with consistent action every day, we can change the way we view the world, which will also change our experience in it.
This doesn’t mean that we won’t have challenges, or that we should ignore things that aren’t working or the areas in which we need to grow. It doesn’t mean we slap a positive Pollyanna view on things and shove our negative feelings down so we don’t have to deal with them or beat ourselves up for feeling negatively about something.
It instead means feeling what we feel, and consciously seeking out ways to shift our perspective so we don’t stay stuck in what’s not working and instead create more of what does work for us.
It means getting out of our unconscious patterns and becoming much more intentional about what we think and how we show up for ourselves and others.
So much of our experience in life is what we make of it, so why not make the experience of life as positive as possible?
Share this tweetable and help me spread the word! I really want to share this empowering content with as many people as possible!
I’d really love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and let me know one thing you will do this week to reduce your stress and experience more joy!