For day six, Denise discusses the need to let go of stress. She tells a story that a lecturer at a stress management workshop told; he asked the audience how much a glass of water weighs? And then he responded to his own question, that it doesn’t matter how much it weighs, it matters how long you carry it. It would be easy to carry for an hour, but if you had to carry it for a whole day, by the next day you would be calling an ambulance. Denise says that this is the same with stress. We have to learn to put our worries aside, and pick them up again later. This really resonated with me.
Denise said to think about what I need help with today, and to ask somebody else – my mother, my partner, etc. for that help. I asked my hubby to get the groceries while I went and checked the PO box, so we could get home quicker! For breakfast she said to have an English muffin with peanut butter and a bowl of fruit; I had the hotel breakfast to pick from, but did manage to eat a bagel with peanut butter and a container of applesauce. Probably more empty carbs and high fructose corn syrup than she would have like, but oh well!
For the afternoon, she said to blow off stress with a quick walk; I did three laps around our running track near by. She said to have a piece of string cheese along with a cup of chopped veggies and two tablespoons of hummus as a snack. I’m not sure if I had a full cup of snap peas, but pretty close.
For an after work/evening boost she recommended destressing with yoga. I have one of her Yoga DVDs so I did most of the “Yoga body burn” session.
Today was better; my mantra has switched to that I can’t control other people’s ideas of me and that negative thought patterns are similar to calorie counting and just need to be ignored. These are some life-long habits I have that go in waves, but right now I appear to be on the upswing!
TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT
When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? Getting ready for my new morning ritual
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? Picking up an Amazon package from our PO Box
◊ How will I connect to someone today? Finishing Edwards Scissorhands with my hubby
During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes. Not as good as sleeping in my bed at home though.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done, per Denise’s instructions (mostly).
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I have ten more ounces to go!
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Yes, while I was walking around the running track.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Whoops! I will do it when I’m done typing this blog.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. Remembered as I typed this, and also a few other times!
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. Mostly I just shut them down. Sometimes I try to just shut them down instead of ruminating long enough to switch them to a positive. But maybe they would be banished longer if I found the positive.
◊ I connected with someone. Hmm. I only talked to my hubby today. But I connected with him!
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I will read before bed.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Yes, between the walking and the yoga.
◊ I only went on the internet from six to eight PM: Failed miserably. But not as miserably as yesterday.
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.
Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions? Yes
◊ What fired me up today, and why? Thinking about my new morning routine, and finding an audio book for when I go walking.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? I wasn’t too tired today, but I do have a project looming, that involves writing down all of my past addresses since I was eighteen, along with past work places, and every time I left the country, that seems like a big headache, because I moved a lot in my late teens and twenties, including travel overseas for ten months at a time two different times so… yeah, I’ve been putting that off.