the Music Box

Did you ever have a music box as a child?

Music box ballerina

The music box seems ancient now like a twinkling antique.  Envision your special little chest. Mine (of course) was pink.  When I opened it, a tiny ballerina would pop up in front of a mini mirror and twirl to the tune.

Looking back and analyzing, the concept of the music box resembles a coping strategy for stress.  In any circumstance, at any time of the day, no matter how chaotic or difficult, I could always count on my music box to relieve my stress and take me away to the land of satin slippers and immaculate hair buns (with no bumps!).

Like my music box, I hope this page can be a consistent place to stress relieve and reboot.  If life seems overwhelming or perhaps constricting, this page will always have its teensy list of mini self-helps, small and accessible enough for daily practice.

  1. Meditate for at least 5 minutes in solitude.
  2. At the start of the day, alongside your To Do list, write down 5 things in your life that you are grateful for.
  3. Positively reinforce (ie compliment, validate, empathize) another person’s effort.
  4. At the end of the day, write for at least 10min a beautiful journal (use a timer so you don’t cut yourself short).
  5. Put your feet up and take a power-nap (15 min) at any point in your day.
  6. Pick a beautiful old-fashioned card (email doesn’t count!); write and mail someone a Thank You or Thinking of You note.
  7. Look up and write down an inspiring quote for your journal entry later.  You can tweet it etc, but make sure you physically write it out again in your journal for safe-keeping.
  8. Envision the day ahead of you, take one task off of your plate, and know that it’s okay.
  9. Dedicate at least 30min (use a timer) to a hobby you love, one you “wish” you had more time for (daily!).
  10. Drink more water than you want to.
  11. Take a multi-vitamin.
  12. Openly and verbally validate someone else’s stress.
  13. Learn a new word and use it.
  14. Dedicate 5 min to calling someone you care about, a person you have not checked in with in a while.
  15. Offer to lend a hand, and help someone with anything small or large.

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Take care of your self well.  If you keep your self healthy, you can better take care of others.

Place your stress relieving treasures for safekeeping in our music box.  Please comment and I can add them to our list as a publication with your name as authorship.

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