My 12 Daily Emotional Fitness exercises keep negative feelings from hi-jacking your brain and leading you down thorny paths.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS TIPS
Tip one: Practice each exercise with full awareness by taking a calming breathe before doing the exercise. Take another calming breathe as you end the exercise.
Tip two: Here is how to take a calming breathe: Take a long slow breathe in, hold, when you feel tense, breath out slowly ending the breathe with a gentle smile and a silent “Ahhhhh” or “Thank you.”
Tip three: Be grateful. While much can be earned; more is given. Be grateful for all that is good in your life.
Tip four: Remember The Mission refers to why we are here in this world and that is do all we can to bring peace on earth for all.
Tip five: Move your body. If physical fitness defeats you, try these small steps: stretch every hour, climb two flights of stairs or walk briskly for ten minutes three times a day.
Tip six: Practice kindness is acting on The Mission. Hugs, smiles, compliments are small acts of kindness that bring peace to your heart and to the world.
Tip seven: Be with beauty. Beauty is all around us, but we rarely take the time to be with it, but taking a calming breath and saying saying “Thank You.”
Tip eight: Laugh and play. Read the comics, watch a sitcom, play games, romp with a child.
Tip nine: Indulge in a healthy pleasure. One piece of chocolate, a cup of tea, a hand massage are examples of healthy pleasures.
Tip ten: Honor past gifts. Too much time is spent nursing past wounds and hurts. Better to remember the good.
Tip eleven: Take pleasure in small goals recognizes that the fruit of today’s actions are often not harvested for years if ever. Thinking about all you have done is healthier than dwelling on what remains not done or not rewarded.
Tip twelve: Forgiving self and others increases personal serenity and is another path toward world peace. We all need forgiveness. We must not tolerate abuse, but instead must strive to turn away from acts of revenge, seek to understand human frailty and accept that at any give moment each of us does the best we can.
Tip thirteen: Observe the now by taking a few moments to just breath and notice how that feels, what other feelings and thoughts visit you and how they come and go.
Tip fourteen: Hold to the good reminds you to not let negative feelings rule. Not easy, but essential in staying emotionally fit.
Life is a struggle, full of pain and suffering, but also full of joy and goodness. There are many paths to what is good and the exercises described above keep you on those paths.
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DISCLAIMER ONE: EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING IS NOT THERAPY
Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel. Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you by others. As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.
DISCLAIMER TWO: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS
As suggested above if you are like Freshly Pressed and need perfect posts, you will not find them here. I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share my blog. If you hang in with me, thank you.
DISCLAIMER THREE: HERE COMES A SHAMELESS PLUG
Work of mine that is professionally edited can be found in my books, available on Amazon and readable on any tablet, laptop, Mac, PC, e-reader or Kindle device. If you enjoy my blog, please consider purchasing one of my books. Currently they are for parents, but soon a number will be published that deal primarily with Emotional Fitness.
Resources to improve your emotional fitness.
Coming soon from MetaPlume: How to Hold a Successful Family Meeting, followed by How to Make a Memory Book, and Emotional Fitness for You and You and You.
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