I thought it was high time for me to actually make an entry for this goal.
A lot of things are helping with this lately. We had a family New Year’s resolution to each pick one of our top life stressors and work on it with whatever shrink ray we could find in our tool box.
Mine was decluttering, so the clearer (if not perfect) environment has been a huge help. Markus starting his new job is ironing out another big one for both of us. Two people being more relaxed helps the state unfold further.
I’ve entered a bit of a new head-space lately, and am making a conscious effort to roll out the red carpet to quality down time: reading, writing, knitting, melting in a bath, long walks, taking pictures, play… exercise recently moving up the priority list has helped too.
By focusing on positive things and being more actively present, I’m finding that a great deal of negative emotions (stress, anger, depression) are being notably diffused. It’s strange reading over old journal entries from black periods.
I’ve mentioned it before, but I think goals like noting your happiness and gratitude can really switch the way you see the world and yourself in it.
This isn’t to say that I’m Miss serene floatypants all the time, but like many of my self infused goals, things are notably better. I seem to have missed my usual deep indigo of winter. The blossoms continue to unfold. Slow exhale.