Find Your Inner Joy at a Dark Moment and It Will Burn Out the Pain! #inspiration #motivation


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What’s your inner joy memory/thought/idea/place? 

 

When life throws you down a dark vortex where you can’t see what’s in front of you, where you have no idea what to do next, how do you make it through? I focus on my inner joy. It can be a happy memory, a future event that you’re really excited about, a thought you can meditate or a place to go to.

 

Last October, we started planning our Summer vacation. Last year’s vacation was a nightmare and we were more stressed out when we came back than when we left. We discussed it and decided to go all out for our 2017 vacation. We scrimped and saved everything we could to make it happen. We endured hardships and there were a few times when I doubted we could make it. But here we are, one day and hours from our dream vacation.

 

How did I deal with the stress and anxiety? 

 

Simple. I thought about our suite at the resort we’ll be staying at, with its skylight over our bed, the fireplace nook and the exquisite food at the restaurant on-site. This thought, this idea, this place was my inner joy, my secret sanctuary, and it got me through anything that came my way.

 

What’s your secret sanctuary? 

 

Whenever you’re in the midst of stress, anxiety or whatever dark cavern you may be stuck in, concentrate on your inner joy and like the quote says, the joy will purge the pain and strife.

 

MRS N

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Follow These Tips! #inspiration #motivation #stress


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Feeling overwhelmed? 

 

This is the last week before vacation and both MR N and I are feeling overwhelmed. The stress is high, so high in fact that I’ve developed a skin rash (Hives). I can’t get away from the stress and honestly, all I want to do is escape to our summer vacation a few days early. Since that isn’t possible, I deal with the stress the best way I know how: I follow the above 5 tips.

 

Stress affects us all in different ways and it’s how we cope that matters. Don’t internalize the stress but release it. Go for a walk or get some exercise. Take deep breaths. Realize you can only control what you can control. Eat healthy. Be gentle with yourself and keep your temper in check (no flying off the handle). 

 

Once we take these steps to deal with stress, we won’t feel so overwhelmed. Stress will take a vacation, at least for a little while, and that is the best feeling in the world.

 

MRS N

Having a Bad Friday? Realize Tomorrow’ll Be Better #inspiration #FridayFeeling #stress


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Having a bad Friday? 

 

Mr. N and I both woke up with horrific migraines. It’s raining cats and dogs outside, checked my email to find a birthday present for my grandparents has a shipping issues and I’m beyond exhausted. * looks around * Yup, this looks like a bad day.

 

We’ve all dealt with bad days and we need to remember the quote above. No matter how bad a day it is, we’ve just gotta get through it. For tomorrow may be the best day of our lives. 

 

So, while MR N and I go lay down soon, let’s be gentle with ourselves and look forward to tomorrow.

 

MRS N

Stressed and in a Hurry? Take Five Deep Breaths … #inspiration #motivation #stress


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Feeling stressed today?

Me, too!

We’re all busy and stress is building up inside. Our stomachs clench, our skin is clammy and anxious thoughts run rampant.

STOP!

Take five deep breaths right now. Empty your mind of all those thoughts and concentrate on your breathing. Imagine that stress washing off your body with each breath.

Now, repeat after me: I’m in control of myself and my feelings. Today is Friday and I’ve got this. I’m going to kick butt!

#1 stress reliever for me is the activity I’ve just described. It centers me and allows me to deal with any kind of stress.

Happy Friday, all!

MRS N

The Value of Love: An Inspirational Thought #inspiration #love #WednesdayWisdom


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The Value of Love

We both worry about money

About how we will live.

 

I stress

You cry

In the end

We should strive

To recognize the value of our love.

 

We work hard on our budget

Cutting corners

Using thrift

Overlooking how our Lord Jesus

Has given us THE gift

The total power of our love.

 

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

What’s the value of love?

It’s more precious than all the gold, silver and money in the world.

I’m horrible with numbers, budgets and finances. When I was single, I lived paycheck to paycheck, racking up debt. I tried to save and work within a budget, really I did. But then I’d see a cute pair of shoes and I’d have to have them. Cha-ching, on the credit card.

MR N loves numbers, budgets and finances. His favorite thing to do is figuring out taxes. He digs in, reading up on the new tax laws and is just like a kid at Christmas.

When we got engaged in 2004, we pooled our finances together. Me with my wild spending and him with the tight budget. You’d think we’d be fighting every night. I didn’t want to end up like my married friends and family, always fighting over money. We agreed that he’d be in charge of all the finances and we’d talk about everything money-wise. A great compromise and it allowed me to be free from worrying about money.

The poem above speaks of our working through our money issues before we were married and it speaks to my heart again this morning. It’s tax time and we got hit with a huge tax bill (we did our taxes last night). We owe more money than we thought and it was a panic moment for me. But MR N knows me and calmed me down.

“It’s all going to be okay, my love.”

He came up with a plan and now we’re ready to take it on.

The power of love.

Love is powerful. Love is healing. Love can break through any obstacle and is stronger than anything imaginable.

Love one another without prejudice, ulterior motive or condition. Watch the power of love transform another life.

Has love changed your life? Share in the comments below.

MRS N

February is Love Month on the POTL Blog. Every Inspiration Thought will be about love (not just romantic either). Be inspired and spread love.

‘Tis the Season to be Stressed: Find Your Joy #inspiration #holidays #HolidayStress


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‘Tis the season to be stressed.

A lot of people get stressed out during the holidays. There are gifts to buy for, parties to attend, children’s activities to plan, dinners to organize and end of the year work stress. The list goes on and on, not to mention illnesses circulating in schools and work.

I get it. In fact, just yesterday I was feeling stressed out. I have a lot going on and the days are slipping through my fingers, like sand. My pulse quickened and my mind started to spin with all I have to do in the next 17 days.

How do I handle the stress?

I stare at our beautiful Christmas tree. I focused on the lights and the ornaments. My breathing slows down and I smile.

I love Christmas and that, in itself, is a stress reducer. The lights, the tree, the music and movies are all things I look forward to all year. So, when it’s here, I try to balance the stress with the spirit of Christmas.

How do you deal with stress?

Comment below.

Focus on what matters and remember to breathe. I’m a big proponent of breathing. Your health may just depend on it.

MRS N

[INFOGRAPH] Prevent Stress at Work #motivation #stress #stressrelief


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We all have stress and the number one question I get asked is this: how do I deal with stress at work?

My grandfather’s voice echos in my head.

“Prevention is the best cure, especially when it comes to stress.”

He’s a wise man and he knows what he’s talking about. After working as a high school teacher for over twenty years, he retired and started a janitorial business. He built it from the ground up and was very successful.

Stressful situations happen to each of us and how we handle it determines if stress comes pouring out of us. I like the graphic above and my favorite way to prevent stress is to go for a walk. Getting outside for a breath of fresh air does wonders for my mental well-being.

Have you tried any of the above to prevent stress? If so, what’s your favorite way to prevent stress at work?

Share in the comments below.

Preventing stress at work leads to a healthier person, both physically and mentally.

MRS N

Going Through The Worst Day of Your Life? #inspiration #motivation


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Are you having a bad day? Do you wish you could stay in bed all day with the covers pulled up over your head?

We’ve all gone through bad days and for me, yesterday was a bad day. Nothing seemed to go right. I’d deal with one problem and then something else would pop up. By the end of the day, my brain was exhausted. 😦

Did I give up?

No. I just got through it.

Just because today is a terrible day doesn’t mean tomorrow won’t be the best day of your life. You just gotta get there.

The key when having a bad day is to just keep going. Put one foot in front of the other and just get through. You never know what tomorrow will bring and who knows, it could be the best day of your life!

You just gotta get there! Stay as positive as you can and try smiling. You can do it!

What do you do to get through a bad day? Share in the comments below.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Out of Clutter, Find Simplicity #inspiration #affirmations #stress


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Summer is one of the busiest seasons of the year. People going in a million different directions , what with the kids out of school and so forth. The stress level gets jacked up and each of us feels like an electrocuted stress ball.

I’m dealing with this myself right now and it’s the big countdown until my summer vacation (52 days). I found a calm sweep over me when I read this quote by Albert Einstein.

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Are you feeling like a hurricane? Close your eyes, center yourself and bask in the calm of the storm. It will soon pass.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Are You in the Middle of a Storm? You’re Headed for Sunshine! #inspiration #affirmations #motivation


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Are you going through a difficult time? Has 2016 been a hellish year?

You’re in the middle of a vicious storm that rivals Hurricane Katrina. You’re drenched and you haven’t seen the sun for months. What to do?

Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because it’s stormy now doesn’t mean that you aren’t headed for sunshine.

You can make it through the storm. Cling to your umbrella and keep moving forward. The storm will eventually pass and you will be surrounded by the sun! 🙂

MRS N

Are You Stressed Out? Try Out These 5 Tips #inspiration #stress #motivation


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Are you stressed out? 

The past month has been filled with so much stress and anxiety!!!  Deadlines, pressure, determination, focus and strength have ruled my life for the past thirty days.  If not for MR N and my friends (you know who you are), I would not have survived! 🙂

After this marathon, I have decided to stress less.  It’s not worth it and I’m going to focus on what I can control.

I’m going to try to incorporate these five tips to stress less in my life starting now.

What are you going to do to overcome stress? Share with us! 

MRS N, the Stress Buster

5 Tips to Get Through Overwhelming Stress #inspiration #stress


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‘Tis the season to be stressed. Do you feel that way?

A lot of people get stressed out during the holidays. There are gifts to buy for, parties to attend, children’s activities to plan, dinners to organize and end of the year work stress. The list goes on and on, not to mention illnesses circulating in schools and work.

I get it. In fact, just last night I was feeling a little stressed out. I have a lot going on and the days are slipping through my fingers like sand. My pulse quickened and my mind started to spin with all I have to do in the next 17 days.

How did I handle the stress?

I stared at our beautiful Christmas tree. I focused on the lights and the ornaments. My breathing slowed down and I smiled.

I love Christmas and that, in itself, is a stress reducer. The lights, the tree, the music and movies are all things I look forward to all year. So, when it’s here, I try to balance the stress with the spirit of Christmas.

How do you deal with stress?

I like the five tips above and use them all when stress washes over me.

Focus on what matters and remember to breathe. I’m a big proponent of breathing. 😉

MRS N

Next Time You’re Stressed… #inspiration #MondayMotivation #MondayBlogs


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Stress is the #1 cause of disease, divorce, health issues and unhappiness in the world.

We all battle stress every day and the key to defeating it is mega simple:

Breathe

Is that it? Are you serious, MRS N?

Yes!

Listen, whenever stress rears its head, take a few deep breaths and repeat after me:

I can handle this. In fact, I’ve overcome things/people/circumstances much worse than this. 

Life’s going to throw you curve balls and you’re got to be strong yet flexible. You’ll make it through; just keep moving forward.

Have faith. Be strong. Love yourself and others. Be flexible.

So, the next time stress makes an appearance, do what I do. Meet it head-on and strike. Stress won’t know what hit it. 😉

MRS N

8 Ways to Prevent Stress at Work #inspiration #stress #healthy


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We all have stress and the number one question I get asked is this: how do I deal with stress at work?

My grandfather’s voice echos in my head.

“Prevention is the best cure, especially when it comes to stress.”

He’s a wise man and he knows what he’s talking about. After working as a high school teacher for over twenty years, he retired and started a janitorial business. He built it from the ground up and was very successful.

Stressful situations happen to each of us and how we handle it determines if stress comes pouring out of us. I like the graphic above and my favorite way to prevent stress is to go for a walk. Getting outside for a breath of fresh air does wonders for my mental well-being.

Have you tried any of the above to prevent stress? If so, what’s your favorite way to prevent stress at work?

Share in the comments below.

Preventing stress at work leads to a healthier person, both physically and mentally.

MRS N

Are You Stressed? Remember This #inspiration #motivation #stressed


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Are you stressed out?

Yesterday was an exciting yet stressful day for me. I had a busy day filled with new release tasks, running my author promotions business, plus normal household/family obligations. There was so much going on, my head spun.

I took a few deep breaths, closed my eyes and gave myself this pep talk:

“You’re doing great! You’ve got this and remember how strong you are. MR N is proud of you and so is the Universe.”

When you’re stressed out, it’s important to remind yourself how awesome you are and this little bump in the road will soon be a distant memory. Do what I did and meditate.

Got a big deadline? 

You’ll make it.

Have a big day filled with a lot of things to do?

You’ll rock it.

Follow the advice in the graphic and you can overcome anything. The stress will melt away and you’ll be continuing on life’s journey with a smile.

MRS N

Taking Care of Yourself #inspiration #relaxation #meditation


Are you taking care of yourself?

It’s a super busy time of the year for me. If I didn’t take care of myself, I’d be a mess. The stress alone would chew my insides to bits.

In order to combat stress, I make time throughout the day to relax, recharge and rejuvenate. Every hour or so, I get up from my desk and walk around. I go sit out on my solarium and watch the trees sway in the breeze. In the evening, I relax with MR N. I get a good night’s sleep (7.5 hours a night).

What do you do to take care of yourself? Share in the comments below.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Take a few minutes every day to relax and you, too, will be taking care of yourself. 🙂

Stress Less #inspiration #stresstips #meditation


Stress Less today

What do you do to stress less?

Share in the comments below!

Today, let’s stress less!

MRS N

Take a Break and Refuel Yourself #inspiration #motivation #relaxation


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When was the last time you took a break?

Every summer, I take a break with MR N. It doesn’t matter how long it is or where we go, just as long as we’re together. When money’s been tight, we do a staycation. When we have worked really hard (like this year) and have saved, we go someplace fantastic. This year, MR N treated us to a spa vacation. We had a jacuzzi in the room, five star dining and utter relaxation.

Both of us needed this break away from life, work and our devices. We left it all behind and reconnected with each other. It was bliss!

But MRS N, you might be asking, I’m far too busy to take a vacation.

I know you think you are too busy but in reality, we all need a break once in awhile. You are a well-oiled machine (think luxury car) and a vacation is your yearly check-up. You would never think of ignoring the warning lights on your car, would you?

Stress builds up inside your mind, body and soul. You need to take a break to decompress, clean out the toxins so you can run smoothly.

Take a break and refuel yourself.

MRS N

#MondayBlogs: 10 Sure-Fire Ways to Stress Less #stress #inspiration


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Dealing with stress?

Everyone deals with stress in their own way. Both MR N and I are beyond stressed out. It’s one week for MR N and three days for me until our vacation. Right before we leave for our rest and relaxation, we have Herculean obstacles to overcome.

Both of us are wracked with dreams dealing with work. It’s enough to make me wave the white flag in defeat.

Instead, I have been doing what I can to relieve stress. I go out for a walk every day. I smile. I listen to my favorite music. I take many slow deep breaths. I hug MR N.

I love these 10 ways to stress less! I try to incorporate them into my life.

How do you handle stress?

Share in the comments below. We can always use little ways to reduce stress.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Channel Your Inner Child Today #inspiration #fun #joy


Do Fun

What was your favorite thing to do when you were five years old?

Mine was coloring. I had the big box of crayons with 64 different colors plus a sharpener. I was in heaven.

As adults, we need to embrace our inner child and do something fun! Let go of all the stress of your life and remember what it was like to be a child.

Today’s homework: 

Do something fun today that makes you feel five again.

😀 MRS N 😀

Rowing Upstream #Mondayblogs #inspiration #positiveaffirmations


Inspiring DR S

I woke up Sunday morning to a flood in our solarium, dining room and kitchen. MR N told me not to panic so of course I did. lol! We called our Superintendent and he helped us mop up the inch or two of water.

This minor flooding caused a disruption to our relaxing Sunday.

Did I freak out?

No.

Am I tired?

You bet!

Are you rowing upstream on the river of life?

Just when you think you’re through with complications and stressful situations, you cross over into the rapids. You fight against the current as hard as you can, praying you don’t drown.

When I face a disruption, I deal with it, knowing it will soon pass. Your boat is made of strong materials, stronger than you know. I promise you won’t drown.

How do I deal with the rapids?

Perspective.

I know I am very lucky the water was not sewage water; it was clean tap water. Things could’ve turned out much worse.

You’re very lucky too!

Take Dr. Seuss’ advice. I am. 😀

MRS N

The Secret to a Balanced Life #inspiration #rejuvenate #lifelessons


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What’s the secret to a balanced life?

Recover

Refresh

Rejuvenate

We all lead crazy busy lives. We’re being pulled in a million different directions. It’s easy to feel unbalanced.

MR N and I work hard all week long and come the weekend, we need help to restore our balance. We make a conscious effort to spend quality time with one another, sitting out on our solarium and watch the world go by. We take our books, magazines and put our feet up. With our favorite music blasting or a baseball game playing, we enjoy the afternoon (both Saturday and Sunday). It’s exactly what we need to rejuvenate our mind, body and soul.

What do you do to refresh your mind, body and spirit?

It could be the same as us or it could be different. Each person is unique and has their own way to decompress. I don’t care what you do as long as it helps you live a balanced life.

The secret to a balanced life is recover, refresh and rejuvenate.

What do you do to recover, refresh and rejuvenate? Share in the comments below. 😀

MRS N

Next Time You’re Stressed… #inspiration #stress #stresstips


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Be the eye of the storm when it comes to stress!!!

MRS N

The Definition of Strength = You #inspiration #motivation #strength


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Did you know you are a strong soldier?

No?

It’s true! In fact, you are one of the elite, a member of the strongest soldiers the world has ever seen! You have battled and overcome the fiercest enemy on the planet: self-doubt. No matter what happens in life, you are victorious!

Wait a minute…

What do you mean I must be talking about someone else?

*Points to you* YOU are in the SEALS of life!

Every obstacle you defeat, every stumbling block you kick out of the way, it’s all part of your war record.

Think back at all you have been through and then think of how you can battle this current skirmish. Nothing can defeat you!

You are the definition of strength!

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Stress Tips On This Monday Morning #mondayblogs #stress #inspiration


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Everyone gets stressed while working, me included. I found this amazing infographic and have incorporated these simple ways to reduce stress while working.

What works best for me is #1, #7 and #8.

What works best for you? Share in the comments below.

The more we combat stress, the happier we’ll be! 🙂

MRS N