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50 Unplugged: Embracing Stress

Posted by: Mary Beth Braun   |   Wednesday, April 13, 2016

24/7 Connectivity, road angst, people obliviously unaware of their surroundings in most situations are a reality that is here to stay. As an “old bitty,” I can talk about how I long for simpler times, but it won’t bring them back. Those times when stores closed, the National Anthem played at midnight, the TV went to snow, and when there was no Internet, no answering machines or voice mail, and vacation meant vacation. In light of the stressful, connected environment in which we live,  I must embrace stress and cultivate simplicity.

“How the hell do I embrace stress?” is the question that comes to mind when I contemplate this topic.  Embracing stress doesn’t mean I’m succumbing to the enemy of a peaceful life. No, it means I must get better at those things that bring me simplicity, and in turn, peace.

For me, this means learning what nonnegotiable habits I must do every day to make this a consistent reality. My list thus far includes:

  • Time in silence, meditation, or prayer
  • Moving my body
  • Drinking water
  • Sending kindness to those I love

What are your nonnegotiable daily habits that help you get better at living a peaceful life?


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