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When you feel stressed, it is often because there is so much competing for your time and attention. Feeling out of control is one of the greatest threats of all to the human brain. Here’s a quick activity to take back control.  Make a list of everything that's causing you stress. Go through that list and cross off everything for which you have no control. Of the things that are in your control, pick one and ask yourself the following questions:  Is this a problem that I can solve?
Is there an action that I can take?
Is it an emotion I can just let myself feel?
Is it a thought I can reframe?  So much of our stress comes from worrying about things beyond our control. It's normal. Our brain doesn't like uncertainty, so it's natural for us to do that, but we can take back control. We can use our mind to change our brain.  One easy way to do that is to focus on something very specific that's in your control.  ----------------  Subscribe to the Anne Grady Group for more resilience-building tools and strategies! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU8s....  ----------------  Sign up for Anne's weekly Resilience Reset email list! 
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Are you in control?

When you feel stressed, it is often because there is so much competing for your time and attention. Feeling out of control is one of the greatest threats of all to the human brain. Here’s a quick activity to take back control.

Make a list of everything that's causing you stress. Go through that list and cross off everything for which you have no control. Of the things that are in your control, pick one and ask yourself the following questions:

Is this a problem that I can solve?
Is there an action that I can take?
Is it an emotion I can just let myself feel?
Is it a thought I can reframe?

So much of our stress comes from worrying about things beyond our control. It's normal. Our brain doesn't like uncertainty, so it's natural for us to do that, but we can take back control. We can use our mind to change our brain.

One easy way to do that is to focus on something very specific that's in your control.

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Are you in control?

September 28, 2023 1:53 pm

We all know one. A person who just isn’t very nice or one that is perpetually difficult. This person can be a colleague, someone that works at your doctor’s office, or even a family member. (Truth bomb: If you don’t know this person, it could be you 😉).  Here’s the thing, most people don’t wake up and think, “I want to be difficult and unkind today”. We all want to be loved and to have a sense of belonging. It is a basic human need. No one aims to be disliked or excluded.  When people are rude, difficult, overbearing, or just plain mean, try to remember the following:  Hurt people hurt people. It’s not an excuse, but it is an explanation and one that allows us to see people through a lens of compassion instead of judgment. You can still be frustrated, you can create distance between yourself and this person, or can choose to not have them in your life.  We behave like the person we think we are. It is impossible to behave in a way that is inconsistent with the way we see ourselves. If someone has self-hatred or isn’t happy, they will behave that way toward others, often unintentionally. We have blindspots when it comes to our behavior, and often our intent gets lost in the process.  Conserve your mental and emotional energy. Each day, we have a certain amount of cognitive, emotional, and physical energy. Every decision, task, thought, and behavior withdraws energy. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for the day. Be deliberate about who or what receives that energy.  Focus on getting it right. When someone hurts or wrongs us, it is tempting to want to return the favor. Unfortunately, that does nothing to fix the situation and only frustrates you. What is your goal, and is what you’re doing getting you closer to reaching it?  Rather than react, ask yourself, “What does getting it right look like”?  When you have a difficult person in your life, remember to focus on what you control. And while it’s not always easy, give people the benefit of the doubt and assume positive intent. The truth is that we are all doing the best we can with the resources we have available. If someone could behave better in that moment, they would.  ----------------  Subscribe to the Anne Grady Group for more resilience-building tools and strategies! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU8s....  ----------------  Sign up for Anne's weekly Resilience Reset email list! 
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Hurt people hurt people

We all know one. A person who just isn’t very nice or one that is perpetually difficult. This person can be a colleague, someone that works at your doctor’s office, or even a family member. (Truth bomb: If you don’t know this person, it could be you 😉).

Here’s the thing, most people don’t wake up and think, “I want to be difficult and unkind today”. We all want to be loved and to have a sense of belonging. It is a basic human need. No one aims to be disliked or excluded.

When people are rude, difficult, overbearing, or just plain mean, try to remember the following:

Hurt people hurt people. It’s not an excuse, but it is an explanation and one that allows us to see people through a lens of compassion instead of judgment. You can still be frustrated, you can create distance between yourself and this person, or can choose to not have them in your life.

We behave like the person we think we are. It is impossible to behave in a way that is inconsistent with the way we see ourselves. If someone has self-hatred or isn’t happy, they will behave that way toward others, often unintentionally. We have blindspots when it comes to our behavior, and often our intent gets lost in the process.

Conserve your mental and emotional energy. Each day, we have a certain amount of cognitive, emotional, and physical energy. Every decision, task, thought, and behavior withdraws energy. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for the day. Be deliberate about who or what receives that energy.

Focus on getting it right. When someone hurts or wrongs us, it is tempting to want to return the favor. Unfortunately, that does nothing to fix the situation and only frustrates you. What is your goal, and is what you’re doing getting you closer to reaching it? Rather than react, ask yourself, “What does getting it right look like”?

When you have a difficult person in your life, remember to focus on what you control. And while it’s not always easy, give people the benefit of the doubt and assume positive intent. The truth is that we are all doing the best we can with the resources we have available. If someone could behave better in that moment, they would.

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Subscribe to the Anne Grady Group for more resilience-building tools and strategies! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU8s....

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Sign up for Anne's weekly Resilience Reset email list!
https://www.annegradygroup.com/strong...

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More at https://www.annegradygroup.com​​​​​
▶︎ Instagram: @AnneGradyGroup
▶︎ Twitter: @AnneGradyGroup
▶︎ Facebook: Anne Grady Group
▶︎ New Book + Companion Journal: https://www.annegradygroup.com/books/...

YouTube Video UExTZERTdG9fZ2VxQnF0bnBPUmNXMzMyZjRaRFdqdzdIYi4xNjIyNEE0MDEyRDlCMjBE

Hurt people hurt people

July 24, 2023 2:47 pm

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In Fall of 2020, I got my first tattoo. I wanted something that conveyed strength, resilience, and peace. A symbol of all I’ve been through, a reminder to breathe and be in this moment, and to cultivate peace. ☮️

I found a symbol that captured everything I wanted to say. The symbol is an Unalome.

An Unalome represents our life’s path. It is a reminder of all we’ve been through, a symbol of mindfulness and peace, and if we do life right, our journey to enlightenment.

When I look down and see my tattoo, it reminds me to breathe, come back to the moment, and intentionally create peace, a feeling I desperately craved after years of the physical, mental, and emotional trauma that comes with raising a child with severe mental illness.

Whether it is an image you find online or one that you create for yourself, it’s helpful to have a visual reminder. Find or draw a symbol that gives you a daily reminder to focus on what is most important.
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In Fall of 2020, I got my first tattoo. I wanted something that conveyed strength, resilience, and peace. A symbol of all I’ve been through, a reminder to breathe and be in this moment, and to cultivate peace. ☮️  I found a symbol that captured everything I wanted to say. The symbol is an Unalome.  An Unalome represents our life’s path. It is a reminder of all we’ve been through, a symbol of mindfulness and peace, and if we do life right, our journey to enlightenment.  When I look down and see my tattoo, it reminds me to breathe, come back to the moment, and intentionally create peace, a feeling I desperately craved after years of the physical, mental, and emotional trauma that comes with raising a child with severe mental illness.  Whether it is an image you find online or one that you create for yourself, it’s helpful to have a visual reminder. Find or draw a symbol that gives you a daily reminder to focus on what is most important.Image attachment

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Compass and guess who gave this to me?

I really needed this reminder that life is a journey with bumps but to breathe and center in the moments of challenges. Breathing in and out is sometimes all we can do.

Me too!!

I have one tattoo. I was 60 when I got it...probably one and done...but, mine is a visual reminder too and makes me smile every time I look at it.

Love this! 💛 I recently got this lil guy as a reminder to never lose that inner spark, that sense of wonder and joy I have for life and nature ✨

Thanks for sharing! 👍 If I ever get brave enough (🤣); I would do this ...

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4 days ago

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I have learned that self-care is not selfish, it is a requirement for resilience. #MindfulMonday
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All those screens ensured they could SEE you. I know you rocked it!!

👏 Bravo!!!!!!

1 week ago

Fill your cup Friday ❤️☕️I LOVE THIS ANALOGY:
You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.
Why did you spill the coffee?
"Because someone bumped into me!!!"
Wrong answer.
You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.
Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.
Whatever is inside the cup is what will spill out.
Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It's easy to fake it, until you get rattled.
So we have to ask ourselves... “what's in my cup?"
When life gets tough, what spills over?
Joy, gratitude, peace and humility?
Anger, bitterness, victim mentality and quitting tendencies?
Life provides the cup, YOU choose how to fill it.
Today let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation, resilience, positivity; and kindness, gentleness and love for others.
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Fill your cup Friday ❤️☕️
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What one small thing can you do today to recharge, refocus, and reset? Let me know in the comments below! 👇

Small shifts in your day can bring big results:

-Take a walk
-Read a book
-Take deep breaths
-Talk with a friend
-Spend time with loved ones
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What one small thing can you do today to recharge, refocus, and reset? Let me know in the comments below! 👇  Small shifts in your day can bring big results:  -Take a walk
-Read a book
-Take deep breaths
-Talk with a friend
-Spend time with loved ones

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Spending time with friends that are like family, celebrating my adopted mom who’s 80 this week!!! Best way to recharge, refocus, and reset.

Spent time with loved ones was the key today!

I'm doing power flow yoga tonight for the first time....hope I can move tomorrow!

I did a strength workout with my husband. Only 35mins but the only 35 mins we got together today!

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Don’t believe everything you think. 🤔
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