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How to ditch the stress (for good)

A few months back, I started an email initiative called "Monday Morning Lovin' with Marie".

I figured, Mondays usually get a bad rep, and we could all use a little pick me up at the beginning of a new work week, so voila!

Monday Morning Lovin' messages were born!

(If you want to be a part of the awesomeness, simply click here to subscribe). Today's blog post comes from my most recent MML Email (so you can get a taste of if they're for you).


Here's the deal: the last few months here have been TOUGH on me.

I let myself get caught up in what I couldn't control (insanity), I let myself dwell in anxious thoughts, behaviours and as a result, my stress levels (aka cortisol hormone production) went through the ROOF!!

It affected my mood, digestion, skin, sleep quality and relationships. No bueno. Can you relate to these feelings? We deserve better. Life is too short to be stressed out all the time. Here's the deal: when we're uber stressed out and going through the motions, it can be really easy to slip into autopilot mode. You know, where we stop getting excited about the potential of any specific thing and just stress about the seemingly endless list of things we need to do. Like a neurotic hamster on a wheel. That's on fire. And rolling towards traffic. During rush hour. This blocks us from creativity, joy and present-moment living, and is essentially the reason we slip into analysis paralysis. The place where we have so many thoughts, but can't seem to make any decisions. This is not an inspiring place to be. We don't like this place. We want to avoid this place at all costs. I don't know if you can relate, but when I go into this downward spiral of "I don't have time. I have too much to do. I don't know where to start" crap sandwich, I often find myself feeling STUCK in my situation. Like a stressful mud pit. And the funniest part about it all (sick sense of humour, Universe) is that we are never truly stuck. It's just our minds (ego) that try to convince us that everyone/thing is out to get us. And that we aren't in control. But when we tap into our higher selves and learn to let go of that stress/anxiety/unease/stuckness, we can better see the bigger picture and start to get excited again about our potential again.

We can start to appreciate what we have going for us and realize that everything in life is a chance to GROW and LIVE and EXPERIENCE. When we're in this mode of functioning, we're coming from a place of gratitude instead of fear. This is so key. So how do you get yourself out of the stress mud and quit the bad habit??

By remembering this quote: "Words mean nothing.

Action is the only thing.

Doing. That's the only thing."

- Ernest Gaines Just like when you line up a bunch of dominos and push the first piece over, the rest will naturally follow its lead. And then your BFF (you never knew you had), MOMENTUM, will start to take over and before you know it, you're crushing your goals, your hair is silkier, your bank account is growing and you're happier than a bird with a french fry. Miracles start to happen when we take action. So today, as we head into another beautiful week here on Planet Earth, I encourage you to stop stressing and take action. Sit down. Take out a piece of paper and a pen. Write down these three question categories and fill them in accordingly: 1) Where am I at right now? What's causing me pain? What's the number one focus I have right now?

2) Where am I going? What is my number one goal for this week? For this month?

3) How am I going to get there? What specific dates do I need to remember? What habits aren't serving me? How can I take immediate action today to get the momentum rolling? And don't forget to breathe. You're doing the best you can with what you have. The purpose of life is in the living, not in the arriving at a perfect destination (that doesn't exist). So focus on the here and now and learn to take massive action each and every day. With all of my love, Marie


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