{thinking out loud Thursday} Is happiness a choice? (plus the winner of the free Spartan Race entry!)

Happy almost Friday! There are a few things on my mind this morning that I want to write about, but first I need to announce the winner of the free Reebok Spartan Race entry! And the winner is…

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Thanks Amanda for the link-up 🙂

Congratulations to Giselle Rochford (aka Diary of an Ex-Sloth – best blog name ever, by the way!) for winning one FREE entry into any western Canadian Spartan Race! I will be emailing you this evening with your registration code.

Giselle, this will be you! Are you excited to jump through fire??

Giselle, this will be you! Are you excited to jump through fire??

This morning after a quick meditation (I’m trying to make that a habit again) I started thinking about what makes me happy, and if happiness is a choice, what actions can I do today to pull myself out of this funk I’ve been in lately? Part of the reason for this funk is out of my control, but certainly I can do things to make myself more happy in the present moment instead of constantly looking to the future and worrying.

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Stress, anxiety and worry affects me physically, and I know it’s getting worse — my skin has broken out again, I have patches of eczema all over my legs (which I haven’t had since I was little and my mom ran a daycare in our house — apparently I didn’t like that), I wake up multiple times during the night, and have started experiencing times where I feel like I can’t breathe. Aside from working through this thing that’s out of my control, I need to start practicing specific behaviours to bring myself back into the present moment. A few things I’m making a conscious effort to do are:

  • Get as much sleep as possible — if I’m not in bed at a decent time, don’t get up early because you feel like you need to workout/blog/work on client programs. Just do it later.
  • Don’t worry about posting on your blog consistently — if you miss a few days, who cares? Blogging is something to do because you love doing it; don’t make it into a job.
  • Keep your to-do list/schedule up-to-date — Take a few moments in the morning to prioritize your day so you know what’s coming up. It will take the pressure off.
  • Go for more runs in the woods — This always make you feel at peace.
  • As soon as you start to think of things that upset you/make you worry about a future you cannot control, snap out of it and think about all the amazing things in your life right now — Like your good job, the people around you who love you, your happy little wiener dog, the ocean, the forests, the mountains, books, tea, your relatively healthy body, and the fact that you have a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in and good, healthy food on your table.

Aside from those things, I really like this list intentional actions from becomingminimalist.com. I definitely need to incorporate number 3, 5, 7 and 10 from the list into my life right now.

What do you do to stop the worry and stress? Do you have any tips for choosing to be happy? Are there things in your life right now you need to make a conscious effort to start/stop doing?

– B