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Stress Management - Out of Sorts or Sorting Yourself Out?

Ilenya Marrin
 


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Which Sort Are You Today?

"Sorting yourself out" is a phrase I picked up when I lived in England many years ago, when it generally referred to engaging in psychotherapy.

Re-Ordering Your Inner Environment

Now I think of “sorting myself out" simply as re-ordering or restructuring my inner environment. How can you restructure your inner environment for less stress?

Take a Positive Inventory

First, get out a notepad and pencil and take a positive self-inventory, using lots of appreciation and self-compassion as you engage with yourself! Here are some questions to get you started.

What is working best in your life? What brings you joy, health, well-being and love? What brings you prosperity and abundance? What allows you to share with and uplift others? What helps to create stability or a firm foundation in your life? What enables your relationships or career to run smoothly?

How Am I Doing That?

As you identify the parts of your life that are working best, ask yourself, “How am I doing that?" What skills, abilities, talents, strategies do I use to bring success? How can I transfer those skills over to an area I want to improve? How can I expand on talents or enhance my strong points?

How Did You Stay Calm and Stress Free?

Now specifically think of examples when you were really pleased with how you managed to stay calm, peaceful and balanced. When were you able to walk through stressful situations with minimal stress? How did you do that? Which of your success skills were you using to reduce, eliminate or avoid stress?

Take Heart-Centered Action

By now you should have substantial list of your unique life success and stress management tools. Probably one or two will jump out at you, indicating where you can create a new self-architecture, a new interior design for inner peace and stress relief.

Go ahead and take action according to your heart-centered understanding. Explore how this next step works for you and adjust as needed. Be the designer of your own stress-reduction plan for life.

To help with your sorting out process, I invite you to enjoy more stress reduction tips based on self-compassion, by signing up for my free newsletter, 17 Simple Stress Solutions, at http://www.powerofpersonalpeace.com/optin.htm

Check out my articles on success, less stress, and my Ask Dr. Ilenya advice column at my blog, http://lovingyoursuccess.blogspot.com

Dr. Ilenya Marrin is a personal peace consultant, inspirational speaker and author of ebooks The Power of Personal Peace: Reducing Stress by Loving Yourself from the Inside Out and 77 Loving Steps for Success.

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