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    #MicroblogMonday–25: Three Powerful Ways to Move Through Overwhelm

    Overwhelmed? I have three powerful tools I use to get through it. 1.  Focus on my breath. 2. Make a list. 3. Schedule it on my calendar. The first thing I do is slow down my breathing. When we are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, our natural response is rapid, shallow breathing. By consciously focusing on the breath flowing in and out, we naturally lengthen and deepen each breath, bringing more oxygen into the lungs and slowing the heart rate. Second, I write out everything that’s rattling around in my mind onto a blank sheet of paper. I put down everything that feels overwhelming, big or small. The act of getting…

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    #MicroblogMonday 24–Put Yourself on Your To-Do List

    “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own “to-do” list.” –Michelle Obama. After I read this, I looked at my to-do list. I was nowhere on the list. Projects, activities, and the needs of others were nicely written and numbered. I use my lists to prioritize my life, so what does that say about where I am as a priority? Hmm…. So I made a few changes. Enjoy a cup of afternoon tea. Call a friend. Read for pleasure for one hour. Take a walk. That’s much better!

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    #MicroblogMonday 22—Self Care

    “Caring for one’s self is not selfish. It is an act of spiritual gratitude.” Many years ago, I was told by someone I love that taking care of myself was selfish. I later realized that positive self-care honors my whole being. By taking care of myself in positive ways, I am expressing gratitude for my energy and my life. Self-care replenishes my body and my spirit, so I can show up in the world the best I can be.