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Exercise #1: braindump

Exercise #1: braindump

Make a list of all the things that stress you out or give you anxiety and don't hold back

While doing this, be honest and don't filter yourself

Benefits:

  • It will help you become more aware of why you feel stressed 
  • It can help you release your thoughts from your mind as you write them down 

Additional: highlight the things that are within your control and out of your control

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Exercise #2: Investigate the beliefs, mindsets or habits

Exercise #2: Investigate the beliefs, mindsets or habits

Ask yourself honestly what beliefs, mindsets or habits might be contributing to your stress and anxiety 

Make a to do list or simply write your thoughts, it's up to you. You have to investigate your mind

Is it your perfectionism? Are you trying to people please? Do you feel like you have to prove yourself?

As you get an answer, ask yourself why

At the end, ask yourself what you truly want in the first place

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Exercise #3: What's within your control vs. outside your control

Exercise #3: What's within your control vs. outside your control

You can draw a circle: Inside the circle there are the things within your control, and outside, the things that are outside of your control

This will help you understand if you are wasting your energy and thinking on the things you can do nothing about

Also this will remind yourself to focus more on what you can control 

"Energy goes where attention flows"

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Exercise #4: Visualize peace

Exercise #4: Visualize peace

Ask yourself what does peace look like to you

Try to describe it, visualize it and imagining it 

You can draw it, create a vision board or simply write it down

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Exercise #5: Mindfulness

Exercise #5: Mindfulness

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What is peaceful about today?
  • What is peaceful about your space?
  • What is peaceful about what's outside your window?
  • What is peaceful about the sounds you hear?
  • What is peaceful about your relationships?
  • What is peaceful about you?

The more you pay attention to things the more you'll feel them

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Exercise #6: Tech/Social Media detox

Exercise #6: Tech/Social Media detox

Sometimes, our tech habits can take away our peace

Instead of being a victim of technology, you want to be in control  and intentional of it

Ask yourself how you want to detox from tech today or this week

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Exercise #7: The jar exercise

Exercise #7: The jar exercise

Imagine a jar, you have three things: Big rocks, pebbles and sand

If you fill the jar with sand completely to the top there'll be no space for bigger pebbles or rocks

If you fill up the jar with sand you can't fit the big things, but if you put the big rocks in first the pebbles and sand will fit

The jar is a metaphor of our time, energy and attention

= Prioritize the most important things first and the rest will fill up your time regardless

What are your big rocks, pebbles and sand in your life?

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