Stress… Just the sound of it sends shudders down my spine. Stress is our inevitable companion in the 21st century. The bills keep coming, the hours seem shorter and shorter; your career and family responsibilities get bigger and bigger. And you feel as if you are constantly trying to catch up with your life.
Of course, there are a lot of techniques for reducing stress. Some of them include meditation, breathing deeply, practicing yoga, and, of course, journaling. While yoga and meditation require a bit of training so you don’t hurt yourself, journaling is easy and can be practiced by anyone.
Journaling is the process of keeping a diary (or a journal) where you explore your feelings, thoughts, and contemplate on the important things that happen in your life. For the purpose of stress management, though, it is not enough to simply record what is going on in your life – you have to explain in details your deepest feelings and thoughts, especially those provoked by a stressful event.
1. It’s a great way to express your emotions. Have you ever written a letter just for the sake of expressing your emotions without sending it? Well, I’ve done it many times – it’s so liberating! The better alternative is putting it on paper in your diary. Thus, you can go back and review the situation later, when your mind is cleared from the emotions.
Last week I shared with you some useful tips on Time Management At Home. This week we’ll talk about a different sphere of time management – at work.
Mastering time management at work is easier, because, when it comes to your job, there are strictly organized structures. I know it sounds hard to believe, but, if you implement the tips below into your work schedule, you’ll see how everything will start going at the right pace.
- Plan, plan, plan – start your day with a simple to-do list. Put down everything that has to be done today and execute tasks one at a time. I even enjoy throwing away the sheet with tasks done at the end of the day – it’s like a small ritual of putting the tasks out of my mind, because they’re already done. Continue reading
Time management – why do you need that? Not only do you have to deal with a thousand little (and not so little) things every day at home, but now I am telling you to deal with time management as well.
You don’t have time for this? Sure, you do, but if you ask yourself the same questions, you just don’t manage it well.
If you learn to manage time at home, everyone in your family will benefit from it. I know it is challenging, because at home there are less organized structures and as many deadlines (if not more) as at work. But that’s what challenges are for – to be faced!
We all have the same things on our to-do lists – there’s planning meals, shopping food, doing laundry, paying bills, arranging events (holidays, birthday parties), cleaning, repairs, kids’ homework, you name it. Why do they even call it a list, if it is endless? It is more like a whirlpool.
Do you recall the last time something popped out of your head and the only thing you remembered was that it was something important? You hate this, don’t you? Well, there is a solution – keep a journal!
Let’s face it – there is so much going on in a woman’s head that if there wasn’t a place where we could put it all down, we wouldn’t be able to function normally. I even sometimes envy men – they seem to have everything figured out and they usually look as if they don’t have a single problem to think about.
Women, on the other hand, are generally so overwhelmed with thoughts, worries, to-do mental notes, and a million other things, that they need something to keep them organized. And that thing is a journal. It comes in handy in so many personal and business occasions, that I sometimes worry more about losing my journal than losing my purse.
With every good journal, you need a good writing instrument. Recently I came across a very unique set of pencils on Kickstarter that were not only fun to use but are also made out of recycled paper. Introducing the Rainbow Pencils by Duncan Shotton. Rainbow Pencils let you create beautiful paper rainbows every time you sharpen them. They function like regular wooden pencils, and are the same size and weight, but they’re not made from wood, they’re made from layers of recycled waste paper. How cool is that! So not only are you creating a beautiful rainbow every time you sharpen your pencil, you are doing the earth some good and who doesn’t like that. Be sure to check them out and get a set for yourself. HINT: You can use them to draw, write or doodle in your Sheic Journal!
Have you ever had this happen to you. You talk with a friend and they say something that sparks an “ah-ha” moment in you? Later you receive an email newsletter that has a similar sort of message. Again you either hear or read the message again. This happens to me more times than I can count. Sometimes the message is so fast or comes at the most unusual time and I’m not sure what to do with it.
I’m not a huge Si-Fi person but I will admit I love watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. I was glued to that show as it was a great mix of mystery, forward thinking, thought provoking and enlightening. I still watch the re-runs now with my hubby, who I turned on to the show when we were dating. As I watch the show now, it is so amazing that a lot of the technology that we saw then wasn’t even around but it is now. I mean the tri-corder is very easily our smart phones and their tablets they used are iPads.
As we continue to advance in technology, there is that debate of paper verses electronic. For many years the buzz word was to become a “paperless” society. However I have to say all these years later, I think my sales receipts are even longer than before the digital era came to be. Certainly we have seen the digital age usher out some great paper companies such as the magazine industry, however, there are some magazines that are thriving with an actual hard copy version. There are just some things you need to hold in your hand and be able to view and flip back and forth.
Recently I received the Multi-Tasking Woman newsletter right before going off to a three day weekend. It was a simple message about an amazing little app that you can download to your iPhone or you can even view it on your computer to give you a few minutes of calm during the day. It works almost like a little game telling you not to do anything for a set amount of minutes you pick. It can be as little as 2 minutes and up to 20 minutes. As you take a break, beautiful animated photos appear on your screen and soothing music plays. If you touch your mouse or keyboard during this time, it will tell you that you failed to relax.
You may not know this about me but I love doing DIY projects. I admit I don’t do them as much as I used to. My hubby and I spent 7 years remodeling a 70s ranch style home and it burnt us out. When we moved, we decided we wanted a brand new home that was already done, which is what we purchased 5 years ago. I have to say though, I’m bored with this house and I miss adding my touches.
Case in point all the light fixtures in the house are stock and although I picked them when building the home, I am tired of looked at their cookie cutter design. I decided it was time to do something about it. One of our former neighbors has a great blog and she posted here about how she replicated one of Pottery Barns Chandeliers and that got my creative juices floating. I am in the process of changing our decor to more of a beach theme but I don’t want it too literal or cute. This was the perfect inspiration.
I decided to take our front entry chandelier and give it a makeover. Here is what it looked like before:
Not a bad light but it just needed some umph! I decided I wanted to give it a patina look and using my neighbor’s inspiration, I was going to wrap some of it in rope. For the patina, I used some dark brown paint (any will do), some turquoise paint (I used the sample Valspar paint from Lowes in Aqua Quartz) and a copper glaze (Valspar Signature Collection Metal & Patina Glaze).