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Stress-Busting Monday!

August 13th, 2007 · 5 Comments

The key to balancing your desire to be at peace with your need to achieve, perform, and earn a living is in recognizing that there’s no such thing as stress; there are only people thinking stressful thoughts. It’s really as simple as that. When you change the way you process the world, the world you’re processing changes.

- Wayne Dyer, Being in Balance

it never hurts to get away from everything! Go Island hopping…

On this beautiful, fresh, crisp Monday morning the furtherest thing from our minds should be that we are feeling stressed. But it’s so ingrained in us that Monday is one of ‘those’ days… a blue day – a day for dragging ourselves out of bed and off to work. A no fun day.

Bah!

It doesn’t have to be like that! This is one of the main reasons I write these “start your week with joy” posts. For I believe in starting as we mean to continue – and what a better way to start our week than with joy?

Do you like that photo at the top of this post? I took that last weekend at Magnetic Island off Townsville… now, I am no photographer, but I am rather pleased with my effort here, it’s not the quality of the photo but the feeling of absolute peace and tranquility it represents.

It’s all in the mind…

This week, can we ‘change the way we process the world’ as Wayne Dyer puts it? It’s all about what we think about.

It’s time to recognise when we start to ‘catastrophise’. Rather than thinking about the worst that can happen, and getting ourself into a downward spiral of worry and stress, we need to recognise that we’re feeling bad because of the thoughts we are thinking. Now you can see what you’re doing, stop.

Erase those thoughts.

Take a deep breath and start thinking of the best-case scenario. Gaze at a beautiful scene like the photo above (if you like, right click and save it as your desktop background…) and let your stressful thoughts drift away on the tide (or bury them in the sand).

I‘m rather passionate about this subject, so expect to see more on it soon!

Tags: Noticing Miracles · Resourcing for Women Who Do Too Much · Start Your Week with Joy

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris // Aug 13, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Now this is why those of us who regularly visit your calm haven here at the clearing space come to visit!
    We love what you offer!!

  • 2 Joanna Young // Aug 15, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Hello Karen

    I know it’s Wednesday already but these are great thoughts to start the week.

    I particularly love your photo – I think it’s the contrast between the sun on the sea and the cool draping shade of the tree.

    Yep, makes me feel good just looking at it, and imagining myself there.

    Best wishes

    Joanna

  • 3 Pete Aldin // Aug 21, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Karen, as sharp and encouraging as always. Thanks for the welcome twist on reality!

  • 4 karen // Aug 21, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Ladies and gentleman… thank you so much for your comments. I love having each of you visit here, no matter when you visit – your presence and your comments are very precious to me.

    Thanks Chris, Joanna and Pete.

  • 5 Caylie // Apr 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Karen,

    I only discovered you blog a couple of weeks ago and I’m addicted.

    I am sometimes guilty of catastrophising but since discovering your blog, I always jump in, read an entry and feel much more relaxed.

    Thanks for giving us a better spin on living!!

    Caylie

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