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Antidote for Angst

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I just got back from Trader Joe's and, man, that place stresses me out.
Between the too-crowded aisles and the oblivious shoppers (everyone except for me of course), the second I step into one of these stores I find myself immediately tensing up.
As the Trader Joe's Trauma starts to take hold I begin feeling unfocused and anxious.
As a result I unconsciously go down the same aisles multiple times, find myself backtracking constantly and can't seem to let go of that feeling that I have clearly forgotten something.
And although I probably shouldn't be admitting this, at times the strain has gotten so great that I have even been known to GROWL! OK, so maybe Traders Joe's doesn't push your buttons.
Perhaps it's driving in rush-hour traffic, dealing with a challenging boss, or negotiating bedtime with the kids that sets your heart pumping and your brow furrowing.
The fact remains, unless you're living in a cave somewhere chanting "OM" while seeing through your third eye, most of us have something, or MANY somethings (I sure know I do) that cause us to feel stressed on an almost daily basis.
So, if you take this kind of stress as an inevitability, which I have at this stage of my evolution, then what's next? Well just because life isn't going to be stress-free, at least not this one anyway, that doesn't mean we have to live our lives feeling like humans on a hamster wheel.
Each one of us has our own personal treasure-trove of tools that can help us stop the madness, mitigate the constant pressure and counterbalance the effects of those regular stressors.
We all have at least a handful of activities and practices, that when we are engaged in doing them, we feel a sense of peace and presence.
For me I feel it most when I'm holding a baby or I'm absorbed in a great conversation with a close friend.
For you it might be when you are going for a run, eating a delicious meal or reading a good book.
The point is, we each can benefit from our own custom-designed reservoir of replenishing resources by identifying those experiences that bring us joy and rejuvenation and then actually giving ourselves permission to do them without guilt or admonishment on a regular basis.
Practical Practice I invite you to take a few moments to write a list of five to ten activities or practices that bring you joy and nourishment.
Then, for the next month, I offer that you give yourself the permission to engage wholeheartedly in at least ONE of those experiences per day.
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