- Review your current priorities and ditch anything that is just not important. Declutter your personal agenda.
- Whatever you are doing, remember to take a break. Even good stuff can be overdone. You can in fact diet and exercise your way to an eating disorder. And here in Australia we recently lost an Iron Man who died suddenly. A cardiologist confirms that over-exercise can lead to scarring of the arteries. Who knew?
- Accept that the only true thing that we can control is our own reactions and attitudes. The desire to control every outcome in our lives is the biggest cause of stress in our lives. Try a bit of que sera sera and just go with the flow from time to time.
- Give yourself permission to rest. Who said life had to be a competition? And who said you had to be first or the best all of the time? It's actually not such a bad life coming third or even last. Did you know the leader of the wolf pack is in fact the last animal in the pack? My sister Nicky, for example, is often arguing that it's the fat lazy slobs who actually seem to live the longest. I am thinking she might be onto something there.
- Remove the word 'compare' from your vocabulary. There is nothing more stressful than comparing yourself to someone else and, of course, social media doesn't help. Just go with my mantra; Nothing and No-one is as they might seem. Alll you need to be is the best version of you... for today. That's it!
- Accept responsibility for and own your own life - no ifs or buts. Blame of any kind only exacerbates stress. There is nothing more freeing than being able to say: This may be an ordinary kind of fucked-up life but hey, I created it and it's all mine!
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Today is an exciting day.
In what is turning out to be a productive year, I have managed to strike two things off my very short bucket list.
One was a trip to Antarctica - a never-to-be-repeated once in a lifetime experience that will stay with me until the day I die (which hopefully isn't any time soon).
The second is this. I wrote a song. It's my third one actually but... not only did I write it but I took it all the way. I have had it produced and as you will see from the nifty little download button to the right, I am hoping all my dear readers will see their way to parting with $2.50 to download it. (You can also download it from Spotify, iTunes and other streaming services).
All proceeds go to Mental Health Research.
Now some people who heard my own pathetic attempts to caterwaul this song were less than complimentary. In fact, the girl I work with was positively rude. My eldest son, Harry, seemed to think the song was miserable.
Well it's not...
As I said today: At any point, I could have given up, but I have kept going.
We. Go. On.
A very special thanks too, to my good friend and fellow breast cancer survivor Mary Holdsworth who encourages me to pursue these creative whims. Mary is herself a wonderful country singer and has been there for me since day dot, providing her patient advice and counsel even as I sobbed my eyes out.