August 18 - Our lives are a mirror.

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” - Ernest Holmes


Our lives are a mirror. They reflect what they place before them. In order to change the way we see life, we have to change our thoughts. Every day, we are flooded with information from the media, friends, family, and work—all of which contribute to our perceptions of reality.

When we think of how to change our lives, it often starts with changing our thoughts. If we want to work on a more loving perspective of life and others, we have to change the thoughts that are holding us back from that. The good news is that this is possible, and there are many steps you can take to do so. There are also ways to help someone else who may be having difficulty with their perspective on life or the world at large.

Sometimes, it’s simple reframing. What if this was my entire responsibility? What if this is just a single day, a single moment, and it doesn’t shape or define who I am? What if it’s a stumble, not a failure? What if you knew - categorically - that you would get through it?

All my love,

Joan

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There are a lot of reasons you might not have enough sleep. You might be exercising more, or you might have started taking on a new project at work. It’s also possible that your circadian rhythms are changing as you grow older. Regardless of what the cause is, it can be hard to rest when you need to. But here’s some good news: there’s a solution! A recent study found that napping in the daytime has most of the same benefits as sleeping for eight hours at night. The best part? Napping doesn’t require an alarm clock!


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Adult coloring is a form of psychotherapy that can reduce stress and increase creativity. It’s been shown to improve mood, relieve anxiety, and decrease depression. It can also help with insomnia and stress. From those who have tried it, the benefits are both immediate and long-lasting. The best part is that you don’t need any artistic skill to get started - just some crayons or pencils and a blank coloring sheet!


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Have you ever felt like you’ve lost control of your life? We all have, at one point or another. When we are constantly on our phones and checking social media, it can be hard to take a step back and appreciate the moment. Social media is an important way to stay in touch with friends and family, but sometimes it's best to put down the phone and tune in to what's happening around you. Just take one single hour per day without your device. It could help! ✨


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