So much of what we do is habit; we do it because ‘that’s the way I’ve always done it’ or because we don’t know of another way to do it. Thank- fully habits can be changed, and a willing attitude to change the way you live is the first and biggest step to stress recovery.

I wonder how many bad habits you feel you would like to give up this year? Maybe you would like to cut down on wine, stop smok- ing, stop working so hard, stop eating bad food or stop losing your rag …

When we become less stressed, things which are not so healthy or things we feel we need to ‘give up’ can actually begin to fall away naturally.

It’s a proven fact that as soon as you begin to enjoy life more fully, you need less of the bad stuff to get you through.

So perhaps instead of considering giving stuff up this January you could opt to introduce more stress free ways of living to help you clear out the habits which aren’t working for your overall emotional and physical wellbeing.

Pushing through and constantly being busy are commonplace in many lives these days, and the challenge we face is giving up these habits when there is simply so much to do.

Perhaps you can identify with some of the following stressful thoughts and habits which keep us stuck in exhausting ways of living life?

Telling yourself it will all fall apart if you were to let something/someone go.

Telling yourself you are not allowed to take a break.

Telling yourself you can’t possibly slow down until everything is done.

Thriving on the buzz, the adrena- line rush of constant demands on your time.

Responding to constant distrac- tions such as phone calls, emails, Facebook.

Taking on too much responsibility or too many commitments.

Spending weekends doing jobs around the house.

Is all this busyness what you really want? Do you quietly crave time for yourself or some time out to simply Be?

Learning to live in the moment, to be mindful, helps you to live in a peaceful state of inner calm and can help you review your thoughts and habits.

The process may seem counterintuitive at first, however learning to change the way you think is a beautiful first step to letting go the stress and strain you feel inside.


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