Happy New Year!
It's day 2 of your 365 page book entitled "2013." You're the author and every day you have the ability to write a page in this book. Like most books, I'm sure it will be filled with happy and sad days alike, exciting adventures, a little mystery and a lot of laughter.
At this point, I'm sure most of us are preparing our books with life changing resolutions, some of which will be kept and others forgotten. As you're preparing to write this book, I encourage you to examine resolutions which feature your mind and spirit.
The U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services and the Mayo Clinic suggest doing the following to the improve your mood and mental health.
Rest: Getting the appropriate amount of sleep helps you think better and prepares you to solve problems as they arise.
Share: If you have a concern or worry, share it with family or friends. Not only does sharing allow us to see things in a new light, it helps us to not feel alone in our situation.
Breathe: When you're stressed, a few good, deep breaths can help calm the mind and body.
Invest: Surround yourself with good people and good relationships. Put forth effort in your relationships and always let those around you know you love and care about them.
Be Grateful: Practice gratitude daily. Let it be the first and last thought of your day.
Live in the Moment: We cannot control the past or the future. Live for today and appreciate the little things in life.
Forgive Yourself: We have all made mistakes but our mistakes do not define us. Address the mistake and move forward.
Focus: The ability to multitask is wonderful, however, try focusing on one task, do it well and move on to the next.
Move: Everyday treat yourself to physical activity. Your body deserves it and it can improve general well-being.
Reward Yourself: Find a way to treat yourself. Whether it's a hot bath, yummy dessert or a good book. You deserve it.
As you begin your book, I challenge you to write each page keeping these things in mind. It'll make for a great, well-balanced book.
All the best,