15 Ways to De-Stress after a long Work Day

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15 Ways to De-Stress after a long Work Day

by Luzia Light

1. Drink something hot. Make yourself a big cup of your favourite drink. Relaxing herbal tea, decaf cappuccino, whatever soothes your soul.

2. Journal. Write, doodle, express what’s on your mind. Let you stress flow out of your hand and onto the page.

3. Listen to music. Make a list of your personal feel good songs or have a sound track of relaxing spa music handy.

4. Move. Run, jog, dance, go to the gym, take your dog (or the neighbour’s dog) for a walk.

5. Spend time in nature. Find a tree to sit under, feel the grounding energy of the earth beneath your feet. Take a deep breath of clean, fresh air. Take some nature home with you. Cut branches and put them in a vase, collect rocks and display them on a plate with a candle, pick wild flowers, collect feathers etc.

6. Take a hot bath. Set the scene by lighting candles, using an essential oils burner, turning on relaxing instrumental music. Lay out magazines to read.

7. Read a good book. Sit in your favourite arm chair with a blanket and a soft pillow. Make some tea and take time to read that book you’ve been wanting to read.

8. Meditate. Set your timer for 10 or 20 minutes, sit comfortably on a pillow or in an arm chair, close your eyes and just sit still and breathe.

9. Be grateful. Write in your “Book of Positive Aspects” anything good that happened today. Don’t forget to mention the simple pleasures.

10. Make a date with yourself. Take your calendar and schedule “me-time” at least once a week. Make it an hour, an afternoon or a whole day. Once you schedule it, keep your appointment and say no to any other obligations. Think about what you want to do on your date with yourself. Make plans. Go to the museum, cafe, book store, shoe shopping? Indulge in your dreams and then make them come true.

11. Anger management. If you are upset about something that happened at work, try to punch some pillows, it releases your pent-up energy. To get rid of anger for good, it’s important to talk about it. If you can’t talk to the person your are upset with, talk to a friend about the situation. Punching pillows releases the physical energy from your body, talking about the issue releases the energy from your mind.

12. Hang out with friends you can be yourself with – 100%, completely.

13. Organize, clean or declutter something. This can be very relaxing even though it sounds like work. Decluttering, especially, can help you de-stress by prioritizing what you really need in your life right now and what you don’t .

14. Light candles or dim your lights for an instant relaxing atmosphere.

15. Do things you love. Avoid living with resistance by doing things you like doing as much and as often as possible. When you have to do things at work you don’t like doing, ask yourself: how can I make this project more fun, more pleasant? Listen to music, take off your shoes and sit cross-legged on your office chair? Get a comfy seat cushion? Take more breaks? Make a cup of herbal tea? Use coloured felt pens? Stickers? Glitter? Use coloured paper? Take your work to a cafe? Bring a plant to your office for some grounding energy and natural air purifying? Make plans on how you can make your work more joyful. Or dream up ways on how to quit your job and start your own business or change careers and find a job travelling the world. The less resistance you have in your life, the less stress you will experience. The more you enjoy your work, the more energized you feel at the end of the day. ‘I heart my work’ = increase in energy.

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Simplify your Work Life: 18 Tips to Organize your Office

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Simplify your Work Life: 18 Tips to Organize your Office

1. Write down your goals. What do you want to accomplish? How do you want your work life to look like? Where are you going? Where do you want to be a year from now? 2 years? 5 years? What is your ideal job description?

2. Do a brain dump. Write down all the things that need organizing in your work life and home life as well. What are the areas that need to get organized? What is going on in your life and at work that needs your attention? What projects do you have going on? Write everything down that comes to mind and don’t censor. When you’re finished, look at your “brain dump” and create a list of things that need to get done. Then come up with small action steps that you can start implementing right now.

3. Write a To-Do List. Consider using a list making app. I love “Wunderlist” (www.wunderlist.com) but I’m sure there are a lot of other apps that let you organize your lists as well. Wunderlist lets you
– have as many lists as you like
– add notes to items on your list
– share lists with others
– lets you collect interesting websites that you might want to read later
– let’s you drag and drop the order of your items on the list
– syncs with your other devices
– it’s free!

Divide your to-do list by category:
A – needs to be completed today or this week
B – Needs to be completed this month
C – You want to complete it when you have some extra time

Schedule A list tasks in your daily planner, try to not schedule more than three, so you don’t get overwhelmed. At the beginning of the month start scheduling B tasks in your planner.

Other possible lists:
your goals – monthly, yearly, 5 years
your bucket list
your to buy list
project idea list
travel packing list
moving list
your magic money list (a list of things you want to buy when you have some extra money)
organize-your-party list
spring cleaning list

It’s really nice to have all your lists in one place. I find I often write the same lists over and over and then lose them, and write them again. Wunderlist – or any similar software application – is a really great organizing tool.

4. Declutter your office. Get rid of what you don’t need. Go through all of your stuff at your office and/or your home office and get rid of everything you don’t need or use or love. Find a new home for everything that is not work related. Donate, recycle, trash, sell, but make sure you get it out of there!

5. Decrease your paper piles. Get rid of as much paper as possible. Bills that are older than a year can be thrown out. Instruction booklets can be thrown out and instead downloaded online and archived. Consider scanning in important documents and store them in a cloud app or back them up on your external hard drive. Any reference books you have can probably be let go of, if you can look up the information online. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, college text books etc. Consider scanning all of your photos and your children’s art work as well. Digital files take up very little space!

6. Have an in-basket on or near your desk. Collect all the papers scattered around your workspace and put them into your in-basket. Then sort papers:

- action (bills to pay, applications to fill out etc.)
– to read
– to file
– to recycle
– to shred

7. Hang a pinboard on your wall. Pin interesting magazine articles, inspirational cards and quotes, business cards, brochures of interest, cartoons, important reminders etc. etc. Any phone number and important information that are written on sticky notes or scraps of paper can be pinned until you have time to write them down in your planner.

8. Hang a dry erase board. Write down your top 3 or 5 priorities for the day on a dry erase board. Erase when done! Write a new list every morning.

9. Keep your inbox at zero! With each email, you either a) delete it or b) archive it.

- reply to the email and then archive or delete
– save the attachment and then archive or delete
– add information to your to do list, then archive or delete
– add dates, appointments etc. to calendar, then archive or delete
– unsubscribe and delete

Consider turning off your notifications for your email. Decide when and how often you want to check your email and deal with everything then.

10. Set priorities. Focus on what is important. Say no to everything that is not important to you and your personal and professional values. Get clear on what your priorities are right now. Then begin eliminating everything else.

11. Open your snail mail over a recycling bin, tossing envelopes and dealing with the remaining paper in one of the three ways; a) file, b) act on or c) toss.

12. Slow down. Instead of stressing yourself out attempting to multi-task, it is much more efficient to single-task. Work on one task, finish that task, then move on to the next task. As you are more focused, your work becomes more efficient and it seems that the slower you go the more gets done, simply because you are more present, you live and work in the moment. It’s the power of now. ;-)

13. Schedule time for breaks. Spend your break doing something relaxing and re-energizing like: enjoy a cup of herbal tea, meditate for 10 minutes, go for a walk to the coffee shop, take a 10 minute power nap or do nothing.

14. Organize your daily planner. Decide if you want to use a paper organizer or a digital one, but stick with one, otherwise you end up transferring appointments and information which can get very confusing and stressful. Figure out what you need to include your planner: blank paper for taking notes, a monthly or weekly calendar, an address book? Extra space for loose papers, stickers and post-its to mark important pages? Tabs to separate papers by project? A space for to-do lists? Once you know what you need to be organized, find a planner that works for you. The “arc” system (from Staples) lets you beautifully design your personal planner just the way you like it. I’m not affiliated with Staples, but I really like the freedom this system gives you.

15. Arrive on time. Figure out at what time you need to arrive at work or at a meeting, then add 10 minutes. That way you will never rush which can easily lead to mishaps and accidents. When you know you have an extra 10 minutes, you will take your time, go slowly, breathe deeply and stay centered. Om.

16. Stop working 15 minutes early. Tidy up your desk and check your to-do list. Cross off tasks you have accomplished that day and write a new to-do list for the next day.

17. Schedule a digital de-clutter day. Schedule a monthly digital de-cluttering day to clean up your files and get rid of ones you no longer want or need. Unsubscribe from newsletters and blogs you no longer read. Avoid desktop disorder. If your computer desktop is a mess, put documents in folders, delete duplicates, put sub folders under bigger categories like “business”, “personal” and “kid’s stuff.” Don’t leave documents on your desktop, keep them filed.

18. Unplug on weekends. Pick a day of the week, maybe Sundays, or the whole weekend, and use that time to unplug from technology. Turn off your computer, smart phone, tablet, everything and just take a little mini vacation. Go outside for a walk, play with your kids, bake cookies, do something non-technological! Let your soul dance, let your body breathe, connect with friends and family in ‘real’ time and space.

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ANNOUNCEMENT:

In the spirit of simplifying her work life, the Daily Goddess will now publish blog posts only during the week, but not on the weekend. So, for the future, expect daily inspirations in your inbox Monday to Friday, and if you decide to unplug on the weekend, you will not be missing any divine messages. :-)

Enjoy your weekend!

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10 Great Quotes about Work

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10 Great Quotes about Work

“And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~ Steve Jobs 

“When you work to please others you can’t succeed, but the things you do to satisfy yourself stand a chance of catching someone’s interest.”
~ Marcel Proust

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
~ Confucius

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”
~ Lady Gaga

“Work without love is slavery.”
~ Mother Teresa

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”
~ J.M. Barrie

“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”
~ Tina Fey, Bossypants

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
~ Chuck Close

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man’s true worth.”
~ Criss Jami, Killosophy 

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”
― Bill Watterson, Creator of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’

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What to do if you hate your Job

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What to do if you hate your Job

“If you are in a job you don’t care for, if you want to change your position, if you are having problems at work, or if you are out of work, the best way to handle it is this:

Begin by blessing your current position with love. Realize that this is only a stepping stone on your pathway. You are where you are because of your own thinking patterns. If “they” are not treating your the way you would like to be treated, then there is a pattern in your consciousness that is attracting such behavior. So, in your mind, look around your current job or the job you had last, and begin to bless everything with love – the building, the elevators or stairs, the rooms, the furniture and equipment, the people you work for and the people you work with – and each and every customer. […] If there is someone at work who bothers you, again, bless them with love every time you think of them.

Begin to affirm for yourself that, “I always work for the most wonderful bosses.” “My boss always treats me with respect and courtesy.” and, “My boss is generous and easy to work for.” This will carry forward with you all your life and if you become a boss, then you will be like that, too.

If you want to leave your job, then begin to affirm that you release your current job with love to the next person who will be delighted to have it. Know that there are people out there looking for exactly what you have to offer, and that you are being brought together on the checkerboard of life even now.”

Today’s Mantra:

“I am totally open and receptive to a wonderful new position, one that uses all my talents and abilities, and allows me to express creatively in ways that are fulfilling to me. I work with and for people whom I love, and who love and respect me, in a wonderful location and earning good money.”

~ Goddess Louise Hay, from “You can heal your Life”

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Relax into Divine Timing

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“I surrender my anxiety and my sense of urgency.
I allow God to guide me in the pacing of my life.
I open my heart to God’s timing.
I release my deadlines, agendas, and stridency
to the gentle, yet often swift, pacing of God.
As I open my heart to God’s unfoldings,
my heart attains peace.
As I relax into God’s timing,
my heart contains comfort.
As I allow God to set the tone and schedule of my days,
I find myself in the right time and place,
open and available to God’s opportunities.’

~ Goddess Julia Cameron

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How to Recognize your Life Purpose

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  1. Believe that you do have a life purpose, and ask that it unfold for you. One way to do so is to close your eyes and allow a picture, symbol, or image to come to mind that represent your purpose here on earth.
  1. Bring your symbol into your heart. Ask your soul and the higher forces of the Universe to breathe more light and life into it. Imagine your symbol changing color, texture, and size. Whenever you are uncertain about your life purpose, think about and interact with this symbol.
  1. Acknowledge that you are the captain of your ship. You are guiding the ship of your life the way you want to, knowing that as you do what you love and are guided to do, you are living your life purpose.
  1. Think about your life. Knowing that you are living your life purpose as you do what you want with your life, answer the following questions:
  • What activities would you let go of that do not bring you a sense of aliveness?
  • What activities would you bring into your life that you would love to do?
  • What relationships would you change, and how would you change them?
  • What else would you change about your life?

from: ‘Living with Joy’ – An Orin Book by Sanaya Roman

Today’s Mantra: All that I need is within me. I am living my greatest potential.

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What are You here to Do? 

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“What are you here to do? Recognizing life purpose enables you to manifest your destiny. Do not get me wrong; you are free beings. You did not set out a course before you were born that you had to follow. You laid some groundwork, provided yourself with certain parents, and chose to be born in a certain part of the world. You set up circumstances for your life so you would be aimed like a projectile in a certain direction. Once you are here, you life is spontaneous and decided upon from moment to moment. There is no predetermined limit to how high you can go. There are no limits!

“When you look at life purpose, ask your soul and yourself, “Am I doing this for me, for my highest good, or am I doing it to please others, to live up to their image of me? Am I accomplishing this purpose so that I may receive a pat on the back or recognition? Or am I doing it because it is something I want to do, that fits who I am, and that brings me joy?”

“Pretend today that you are the captain of your ship, and that for today you will guide this ship the way you want to. You will take the time you need, be with the people you want to be with, say “no” when you want to say no, and “yes” when you want to say yes. You will check in from hour to hour to see if you are feeling joy or peace or whatever you have determined that you want to feel.

“Some say their life purpose is serving and assisting others. This can be a very good and true life purpose if you also pay attention to making your own life work. By taking care of you, putting yourself in an environment that increases your sense of peace and serenity, beauty and harmony, you are in a much better position to assist others than if you put the focus on making them happy and yet are not happy yourself.

If every person came from a space of harmony and beauty, of the higher self and soul, you would have an entirely different society.

“Prior to being born, your soul sets up those conditions that would best allow you throughout your life to unfold certain qualities, skills, and life directions. You can have what you want, if you are willing to hold up the vision and believe in yourself consistently. The more consistently you believe in yourself, the better the results. It would be easy if there were no setbacks (as you interpret them) or trials along the way. Honor every seeming setback, every single challenge or difficulty, for it strengthens your purpose. It gives you opportunities to be even more committed to your vision, even clearer on your intent. If life were too easy or simple, most of you would be complaining of boredom. Honor your challenges, for those spaces that you label as dark are actually there to strengthen you, to firm your resolve, and to bring out the best in you.”

~ Sanaya Roman, ‘Living with Joy – An Orin Book’

Today’s Mantra: I release anything that stands in the way of living my life purpose. I am now living my life purpose.

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