5 tips and tricks that keep me sane

Life has this tendency to throw us curve balls from time to time (duh!).  How you react to them makes all the difference.  I truly believe that those curve balls are God’s way of helping us evolve into the person we need to be so that we can truly fulfill our purpose in this life.  Of course along the way, we learn a few tip and tricks that help keep us sane and are definitely made for sharing.  These are just a few of mine.

  1. Do not forget your sunscreen! Ever!

…and your hat and sunglasses.  Being  in the sun does serious damage to our skins.  It ages us and it puts us at risk of skin cancer.  I remember visiting a pair of twins once.  One was a sun worshipper while the other was more of an indoors kinda gal who also applied her sunscreen religiously.  The difference in thier skins was amazing.  You guessed it, the sun worshipper looked older and had more lines on her face. Her skin also looked a little more leathery.  Not a good look on anyone.  Don’t believe me?  Have a look at your face in the mirror.  If you are a driver (and live in the southern hemisphere),  look closely at your skin on the right hand side of your face and then on the left hand side.  Do you see the difference in your skin texture and marks?  Believe me now?  Good.  Now don’t forget your sunscreen.

2. People do what works for them

This is one of Dr Phil’s original 10 life lessons.  Every time I have watched someone make the same mistake over and over again, I now know that there is a reward in it for them so they will not break the circle of their behaviour until they can acknowledge that they are deriving some sort of reward for behaving in that manner.    I used to work myself up into knots out of sheer frustration watching friends constantly bang their heads against a brick wall.  Once I realised that there was a reward in it for them that may or may not be harmful to them, I was able to view their situation differently and, where possible,  help them break the cycle

3. Routines Rock!

I used to pride myself on living a spontaneous life…and then I became a mother.  One quickly learns that no routine = chaos! This then leads to insanity!!!  I kid you not.  Turns out that not only do routines just help the day run smoothly, they also apparently help free up space in your brain so that you can concentrate on more complex tasks.  I’m still not kidding.  Not too long ago we put a new alarm system in at home.  This meant a change in the morning routine because now we had to add an extra step to the leaving routine.  Chaos ensued the first few days.  The keypad is outside of my normal “path” so on somedays I had go back to the house 2-3 times to fetch stuff I had forgotten because of the one break in routine. So there you have it…guard your routines jealously.

4. You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge

Another one of Dr Phil’s 10 life lessons and linked to no. 2 above. Pretty self explanatory but difficult to do.   A handy life lesson that can help you let go in so many different situations. Even more difficult is accepting that they will only change when they are ready.  Ever wasted your breath telling a drug addict or alcoholic that they have a problem and asking them to go to rehab?  Yip, that’s what I’m talking about.  Only they can and will make the change when they are ready.

5. Coffee is the answer no matter the question

I have always enjoyed a cup of coffee.  I have no idea how I acquired the taste as a kid but i did.  Coffee is there for me when I am down, when I am tired, when I am excited and when i just need a moment of peace.  Since giving up smoking…coffee has become my drug of choice and there is no way I will give this one up.  Besides, a proper cup of coffee is supposed to be laden with anti-oxidants which are good for me so there…it is no more the baddie it used to be.

These are just a few of the little lessons/truths that help keep me sane in this life.  What are yours?  Drop me a line in the comments section.  I woud love to hear from you.

Bye for now







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