Have you ever known anyone who is so negative it’s hard to be around them? Do you ever find yourself in a rut of negative thinking and heaviness?
About twelve years ago, my husband Mark and I were on our honeymoon on the island of Maui in Hawaii. We were so excited to start this time in our lives as a newly married couple and on our second night there, we went to a luau. Neither of us had ever been and we looked forward to the dancing, eating Hawaiian food and spending a warm night by the ocean.
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I’m writing this piece about meditation not as a well versed, practicing for years, can float-in-the-air guru. I’m writing this as a wannabe. Because, come on, all the cool kids are doing it.
For me meditation is like exercise. The idea of doing it is fantastic, the benefits of it are endless, it’s easy to do, and once I’ve done it for a week I feel my life changing. And then I get lazy and fall off the wagon.
The shortest answer to this question would be to ask your child, “Do you feel like you have more happy days than sad or more sad days than happy?”
The longer version begins by asking yourself that very same question. As adults, we need to be able to identify and articulate our own emotions in order to help our children. Think back to when you were young and how your family acknowledged or did not acknowledge emotional pain- anxiety, sadness, despair or grief.
Everyone—adults, teens, and even children—experiences stress at times. Stress can be beneficial. It can help people develop the skills they need to deal with possible threatening situations throughout life. Stress is not helpful when it prevents a person from taking care of themselves or their family. You can put problems into perspective by finding healthy ways to cope. Getting the right care and support can help reduce stressful feelings and symptoms.
Gratitude is more than a buzzword. It’s a habit and practice that may actually change your perception of well-being.
Do you ever feel like you just can’t catch a break? You know – the truck that cut you off, the meal that didn’t turn out, the weird feedback you got from your boss? Do you sometimes feel negative and cynical about life?
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