Self-Coach Sunday 88: Massage The Machine

We tend to lead overly-busy, stressful lives. A massage can be a wonderful balancing gift that may help you relax and unwind. There are many types: sports, therapeutic, Reiki, shiatsu, acupressure, reflexology, and more. Experiment with the different types and find the one or two that you respond best to.

Getting a massage is a great way to combat the stress in our busy lives. Not only is this great for muscles and relaxation, but there are so many physiological and psychological benefits as well. You also become more in tune with your body and intuition. If you are serious about being happier, get a regular massage – at least once a month.

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Self-Coach Sunday 86: Rejuvenate And Revitalize

Your environment is a reflection of your mental state. Take a look around you. What does your space say about you? How would a friend describe it? How do you feel in your own home?

I encourage you to surround yourself with beauty, and love every single item you have on display. Any items that don’t fill this goal, place in a box in your closet or give them to charity. The objective is to make your home/office not only clean and organized, but also reflect who you are.  If you want your space to energize and rejuvenate you, then incorporate items that invoke that. Start with one room. Decide what you would like this room to do for you (feeling-wise). Make this a place where you can retreat and relax. When it is the way you like, move on to the next room.

It is worth the time investment to set up your home so that it gives you energy. Take this time to make your home a sanctuary.

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Self-Coach Sunday 67: Take A Power Nap

If you already meditate, good for you! If meditation doesn’t work for you then consider calling that time a power nap. Set the scene: pillow, comfy throw, relaxing music or sounds of waves, closed eyes, or whatever makes you feel relaxed.  The point here is to do nothing. You can even fall asleep. If thought pop up in your head, have a pen and pad handy to jot them down and clear them out. Now, just lie there until you feel like getting up.

This time may offer a much needed clearing out, or a welcome of new ideas. You may even get answers to things that you have been pondering. The point is really to take time to meditate, relax and do nothing.  But if something does come up, keep note.

See if you can find time to sit. You can work in a daily power nap and make some space for creative thought to flourish.

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Self-Coach Sunday 65: Under-promise and Over-deliver

Do you need to build a reserve of time? Then under-promise and over-deliver. In order to under-promise, you will need to give yourself twice the amount of time you think you’ll need to get something finished. To over-deliver means you will complete the project ahead of the promised deadline and turn it in early.

This tip alone will help you reduce your stress level. You may also become know as the person who always get things done ahead of schedule. This may even lead to a raise or bonus. This works in every area of our lives from work, to home, to cooking, with kids, you name it. Keep expectations low and surprise them.

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Self-Coach Sunday 61: Take A Sabbatical

If a weekend or week-long retreat isn’t doing if for you, take a sabbatical. You may be able to negotiate some time off work even if your employer doesn’t offer you a formal sabbatical.

A sabbatical is more than a vacation, it is a time to rest, relax and experiment with new skills ad risk-taking. The idea is to step outside of your day-to-day routine and find out what is most important to you. This is also a good time to reflect on what is going well in your life and what might need to change. Use this time to learn more about yourself. Live outside the box, and don’t worry what others may think. Sometimes we need to get off track to get back on track.

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