Killing the ANT’s

14 Apr

Finer Things in Life:

How to deal with negative thinking, a must read!

Originally posted on U Be Cute :

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Ants are the dark black insects that infest your backyard and can easily ruin your picnic plans. But far worse are the ANT’s (Automatic Negative Thoughts) that can infest one’s mind and wreak havoc to one’s mental equilibrium. The mind is a powerful place with its capacity to learn and imagine. As humans we were not born with wings and yet we fly (in planes), we were not born with gills and yet we can stay underwater (in submarines), we were not meant to scale heights yet we climb them every day (in skyscrapers). We achieve the impossible daily because we have the power to imagine, and what we can imagine we can achieve.

It is this power of imagination that can be our biggest friend and foe. Sometimes the brain can go off-track and start imagining situations that are destructive and hurt our ability to keep a positive mental…

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15 Quotes That Will Inspire You and Make You Think

14 Apr

Finer Things in Life:

Monday motivation! Good morning :)

Originally posted on Project Light to Life:

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As a bucket list blogger, I think that we all need a little inspiration sometimes. Here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes taken from a variety of sources:

  1. “What a comforting thought it is that the best day of your life may not have happened yet.” – Unknown
  2. “I’m bored is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’” – Louis C.K.
  3. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. Sonder: n. “The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with [his or her] own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited…

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A sick day

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Today I stayed home, sick. Runny nose, watery eyes, achy body and head, out of this word fatigue, and a sore throat – classic symptoms of a cold.

I promised myself that I will not feel guilty for taking a sick day. Our district gives us 10 sick days per 10 months of employment… I have used two last fall when I was sick with the same cold… But it is not the case of taking a sick day. It’s more of a case being unproductive when being sick.

I understand that my body needs rest. Early in the morning, before seven, I went to the store and picked up a few things. Ginger root, soup veggies, lemon. Came home, made tea, and homemade chicken soup.

Since then I have been reading, drinking my soup and tea, and blogging. Cats have been keeping me company. Here is to a quick recovery soon :)

Taking care of myself today

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I have a tendency to go to work when I am sick. This morning I realized that I am not safe to be around – sneezing, coughing, achy and teary eyes.

Today I plan to take care of myself: rest, read, relax, have tea and lie down. I promise to take care of myself today.

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective People worksheet

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My bedroom is my sanctuary. Every Sunday, I make sure I have at least two hours to dedicate to myself and my mental wellbeing. I sit in my bedroom, with a closed door, and I plan, strategize, review my goals, give thanks, and evaluate the past week.

I have started using Steven Covey’s worksheet. It allows you to see yourself as a person that wears many hats: wife, daughter, teacher, student, friend, etc. and then you set goals for each role. You also schedule activities that benefit your wellbeing, called “sharpening the saw” activities. Such activities include reading, exercise, meditation, calling a friend, volunteering, spending time with your pets, writing, and perhaps even knitting?

I have looked at the past week and saw that I have accomplished SO much. Sometimes we don’t give ourselves enough credit for being productive. Usually I feel like I have not done anything but then I wonder as to why I am so tired at the end of the week… After looking at the past week’s worksheet, it was clear that I have been extremely productive and proactive. It is clear that I have taken care of my mind and my body, in addition to having a full time job, taking doctoral classes and being a good wife and friend.

I am proud of myself and my body and mind. Apart from doing an outstanding job at my full time job, I have had tutoring sessions with a student thus earning extra money to put towards my travel.
Apart from being a diligent doctoral student, I have reached out to our board of education and filed for tuition reimbursement.
In addition, I have spent quality time with my hubby and made sure the house is clean, warm and welcoming.
Apart from all that I did strength training two times, went for a refreshing walk once, and went to two 90 minute hot yoga classes yesterday and today. On Thursday I have gone to SoShimSa for an extended sitting of meditation. Yesterday I have dedicated two full hours to reading my book called NW.

I have also bonded with a friend over lunch and had written a long overdue email to a friend of mine in Switzerland. A and I have watched a film last night and had dinner and talked.

I have just read what I have written and I am amazed at how productive I have been for the past week. In general, I am a very active kind of person, but I have never actually taken into account all the things I do during the week and on a weekend.

I’d like to ask my readers, how do you evaluate your week? Is there a tool you would like to share? Thank you so much!

Top 14 Physical and Psychological Benefits of Meditation

30 Mar

Finer Things in Life:

Benefits of meditation

Originally posted on The Happsters:

Hi Happsters!

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately! I hope you’ve been as happy as ever!

Today I wanted to share some fascinating meditation facts with you. If you’ve never tried before, I highly suggest giving it a shot. I used the free app “Headspace“, which was created for beginners, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I love it because it starts you out with meditating 10 minutes a day for 10 days. They talk you through the whole thing and make it very easy to get started.

I’ve found that meditation helped me significantly reduce my stress levels. Meditation actually “activates the ‘rest and digest’ part of our nervous system, helping with stress management. Our heart rate slows, our respiration slows and our blood pressure drops. This is often called the ‘relaxation response.’” (Source)

I’ve compiled some of the physical benefits, as well…

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A day of rest…

30 Mar

Rest and restore. Reflect and muse. Plan, evaluate, develop. Create. Read and write. Walk and do yoga. Dream and visualize. Give thanks.

That is how my Sunday is looking. Yours?

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