Life is what we make it.
It can be relaxing,
It can be adventurous,
It can be stressful,
It takes a little bit of effort, but our life can be whatever we decide to make it.
Figure out exactly what kinds of things make you happy.
Maybe it is music.
Maybe it is travel.
Maybe it is animals.
Maybe it is the beach.
Again, this list could be endless.
Figure out the specific things in life that cause you anger, anxiety, or depression and work to limit these factors in your life as much as is possible. We will never be able to avoid everything in life which causes us stress, but we can actively reduce these stressors.
Maybe there are specific people in our lives which cause us to feel angry or unloved. We can work to limit the amount of time we allow them into our lives or remove them all together.
Maybe it is our job that requires changing.
If bills freak you out, maybe you schedule one or two days a month specifically for opening mail and paying debt followed by something relaxing.
Schedule things which bring you joy, peace, or excitement into your weekly calendar or to-do list just like any other chore or activity. Consider these activities promises to yourself and honor them as you honor promises you make to others.
It can be really helpful to space these activities throughout your week either as little rewards or as ongoing stress reducers. For example, a tentative schedule could look like this:
|Hike||Pay Bills||Sauna||Read a Book||Yoga||Dinner out||Beach|
|Play Golf||Gym||Manicure||Bubble Bath||Tai Chi||Live Music||Road Trip|
|Try Meetup.com||Pay Bills||Try new recipe||Draw or Paint||Get Massage||Plan Vacation||Bike Ride|
|See Movie||Create New Playlist||Volunteer||Drinks out||Take a class||Laundry||Live Play|