Monday, January 4, 2016

January Aspirations Monthly Link-up

Fairy Lights & Dreams and The Clutter Box Monthly Aspirations

Hello and Welcome to The Monthly Aspirations Link-Up! I’ve paired up with the lovely Angela from The Clutter Box Blog to start this monthly goal link up. The Monthly Aspirations Link-up will happen the first Monday of every month and will be open for two weeks so there’s plenty of time for you to join in. It’s a place to share what you wish to accomplish each month and stay accountable. Our goal with this link-up is support, encourage, and motivate each other. So feel free to grab the button and add your link below.

This month for my aspirations I wanted to focus on easing my stress and anxiety. As of late with family issues, school, and new responsibilities I’ve taken on. I have definitely been more stressed out than I’ve ever been which in return sends my anxiety going through the roof. So I thought I’d make goals this month that would help in lowering my anxiety.

1. Meditating in the morning and in the evening.
I’ve recently been introduced to meditation. I was a skeptic at first but it really does have a way of relaxing me. I currently only meditate when I feel anxious even though it works, I want something more preventative. I thought maybe if I did it as a daily practice then it would be more effective instead of waiting for my anxiety to build up. I came up with the idea to meditate in the morning to ensure I’m emotionally and mentally set for the day and mediate in the evening to unload whatever happened that day and not bring those worries into the following day. It seems like a great practice so hopefully it helps in reducing some of the anxiety and stress.

2. Stop living my life by a to-do list.
I’m the most organized, everything needs to go as planned or I’m dying person in my family. Yes, sometimes I can be overdramatic. I’ve been realizing my overacting to not getting something done that I was supposed to leads to me being anxious. I’m not saying to-do list are bad, I still love them. However I need to know it’s okay to not make to-do list every single day. I want room for more spontaneous things or go off track and do something different and know it’s not the end of the world. In life there are a ton of unexpected things that are going to happen this is a small way of me preparing myself when the time comes.

3. Stop displacing my feelings.
Displacement is my go to defense mechanism when it comes to my stress and anxiety. An example of displacement is if I’m mad someone or one thing I go take my frustrations out on someone else or something else. It’s not the healthiest way of handling my stress and does ruin relationships in the process. I can count a countless times I was stressed about homework then went and took it out on my boyfriend although he takes it, I’m sure it hurts. So I’d really like to work on new mechanism to handle my stress.

4. Letting Go.
I’m the type of person that internalizes things that happen to me. I noticed how this effect’s me negatively. Whether it be letting go of people in my life that no longer bring out the best in me, letting go of the past, or letting go of things I can’t change. It’s a very hard process for me. By not letting go I hold on to all these negative feelings that help add fire to my flame. So I want to extinguish that flame that leads to my stress.

These are big set of goals that involve serious lifestyle changes and I plan on taking it one day at a time. Which is a tip that we can all use this month when it comes to our goals no matter what they are. 

Don’t forget to link up with us or share your goals via any of our social media platforms. When we link-up again on the first Monday of the next month we’ll highlight our favorite goals shared by you! If you accomplished something you’re proud of whether it was in your goal post or not let us know, via any of our social media platforms. We’d love to hear your progress on all of your goals and how you’re staying accountable for them.

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