Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Things To Do Every Day To Feel Good and Be Good

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Revised and UpdatedSometimes I think that we are only as good as the present day, the present moment.

As we live in the present moment we create our character that follows us throughout our life.

Therefore, it is important that we do things every day to keep us where we want to be.

I watched a show today about homes that are completely unliveable because the occupants were compulsive shoppers and hoarders who never cleaned, organized or decluttered. However, this didn't happen overnight. It built up little by little in the present moment until they ended up handing over their homes to Adult Protective Services. We need to do things little by little that lead to lives that feel good and are good.

The following are a list of things that can help us remain on top of our well-being.

1. Have a short quiet time with soft, inspiring music, prayer and a spiritual, inspiring book of your choice.

2. Tidy your home- this mainly includes the dishes, counters, and the clutter around the house. Nothing should be on the floor that shouldn't be there, bed making is optional. Leave deep cleaning and laundry for once a week. Gather stuff to donate to a thrift store each week on the weekends. Don't buy things you don't need.

3. Exercise in some way. If you can't do this every day, do it a minimum of 3 days a week. Get out in nature if you can.

4. Shower, brush your hair, take care of your teeth and nails and use a little make-up (if you are a woman). Wash your hair at least twice a week.

5. Work on a project toward a goal. Do something you enjoy.

6. Talk and interact with people you are in relationships with. Repair any relationship that is struggling. Pay extra attention to those who need it. Eat meals with your family.

7. Be on time for appointments, work and other important obligations. Minimize these obligations as much as possible.

8. Plan ahead for the next day. Don't overschedule and give yourself ample time for everything. Simplify, don't complicate your life. Prioritize. If there are things in your life you don't like, brainstorm how you can change them. Say no to people and only do things that you think are important.

9. Plan your food ahead to ensure that you and your family will eat a well-balanced and healthy diet. This includes planning for grocery shopping needs. Eat simply.

10. Tone down the following: excessive, time-consuming TV, magazines, Internet, ipod, news, advertisements, stereo, newsletters, emails, junk mail, lessons, activities, DVDs, events, causes, volunteering, and shopping. If you find this stuff sucking away your time- do less of it. Do one thing at a time and don't feel guilty about doing less and slowing down.

11. Get enough sleep. Go to bed by 11PM at the latest.

12. If you have children, make sure all of their needs are met, school work is getting done, and they are growing towards independence. Be an example.

13. Keep your mind free of negativity. Focus on positive thoughts.

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