Turn your tri­als into tri­umphs!

Woman's World - - News -

1 Learn to let go

If you’re strug­gling to ac­cept a chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tion, try mak­ing a list of ev­ery­thing that you don’t have con­trol over. Then dur­ing a mo­ment of quiet or prayer, vi­su­al­ize let­ting each thing on your list go, as if it were a bal­loon float­ing into a blue sky. This lets you fo­cus on things you can con­trol— like car­ing for your­self and lov­ing oth­ers.

2 Make laugh­ing a pri­or­ity

Some­times, laugh­ter truly is the best medicine. A study out of Loma Linda Uni­ver­sity in Cal­i­for­nia showed that adults who watched funny videos for just 20 min­utes had a 39% re­duc­tion in lev­els of the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol than those who did not. Other re­search sug­gests that even the sim­ple act of an­tic­i­pat­ing laugh­ter has the power to in­stantly re­duce your anx­i­ety.

3 Find peace in the now

Stud­ies show that be­ing grounded in the present mo­ment re­lieves us of worry about the fu­ture and re­gret about the past. When you feel over­whelmed by tough times, an­chor your­self in the “now” by clos­ing your eyes and notic­ing ev­ery­thing you hear. Also ask your­self, What do I feel? Try this for five min­utes for last­ing peace!

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