True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
These words are golden but why are they so hard to carry out? This past year has been such a challenge with family medical issues that I have no control over. I began to struggle with worry on a daily basis and stress began to take a toll on my body. I stopped taking care of myself and experienced anxiety attacks and difficulty sleeping. I finally decided, I had to take care of myself in order to take care of my family. Therefore, after much research and experimentation, I found these 4 steps to be the most helpful:
Meditation – I’ve started with just 10 minutes a day each morning. Although I have a long way to go, learning to focus on the breath and the present moment is a great way to start the day. This allows me to feel calm and helps to alleviate worry and anxiety.
Stoicism– This school of philosophy has been extremely helpful in my ability to alleviate some of my constant worry about the future. Stoicism focuses on maximizing positive emotions with a focus on the present.
Journal- Writing down your thoughts, concerns, and worries can be very therapeutic. It helps you to put in perspective your current situation by sorting out what you can do and what you have no control over.
Schedule– A schedule has been vital for me to get back on track. I’ve made sure to include exercise, yoga, meditation and journaling so that I ensure it gets done each day.