Live life in BED. Be here now, Empathy and Compassion, Desire Less. Things I've found to help me worry and stress less and be a bit happier.

Live life in B.E.D... Advice to myself to help me worry and stress less, and be a bit happier. Mindfulness.

BE HERE NOW: Accept the uncertainty of the future and the mistakes of the past and live in the moment. Concentrate on one job or thing at a time. Change focus. Be mindful. Challenge negative thoughts. My negative thoughts and moods are probably just passing distractions and probably unrealistic. Observe my thoughts, see them as separate from myself. I am not my thoughts. Know myself. Worry less about what others think. Get out and exercise. Get into nature. Get enough healthy food and sleep. Use music. Take notice. Be aware. See. Hear. Feel. Observe. Slow down. Relax. Concentrate on calm breaths. Have patience. Limit social media, news and device use. Limit screen time. Read. Learn. Be creative. Over-think less. Don't take things too seriously. Seek positives. Things could be worse. Trust the process of life. Trust the future. Be optimistic. I can handle anything. Go with the flow.

EMPATHY & COMPASSION:Friendliness and kindness for others. Be kind to myself. Accept myself. Accept others. Love nature. We're all interconnected, interrelated, interdependent and made of the same stuff. We're much more the same than different. Focus on our similarities rather than our differences. Live naturally. Live easy. Don't work too hard. Do work I enjoy. Manage fear. Manage anger. Don't hate. Rise above it. Judge less. Be honest. Help improve conditions for others and myself. Use imagination well. Be tolerant and open-minded. Smile. Laugh. Use humour. Have fun. Forgive. Persevere. Love. Connect with others. Talk to others about my problems and listen to others about their problems.

DESIRE LESS: Less attachment to property, work, money, alcohol, sex, hopes, ambitions, plans, opinions, beliefs, time, places, emotions, thoughts, my self and my ego. Don't compare myself to others. Manage my desires. Be questioning. Obsess less. Resist Consumerism. Live simply. Give more. Expect less. Be humble. Get perspective, look at the big picture. Everything changes. Accept impermanence. This too shall pass. Let go of my "what ifs", "shoulds", ideals, wants, expectations, ruminations and what I fear to lose. Let go of the small stuff, focus on what matters. Build resilience, adaptability and flexibility. Build confidence. Live by values that matter. Think independently. Accept imperfection. Change what I can and accept what I can't. If I can't change it, change the way I think about it. Be grateful and satisfied with what I have.

Glenn Herbert 2018

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