by Susie Cortright
We all get frazzled. We all get overwhelmed and snappy.
And we all need to re-center before we share that feeling with
the rest of the world.
Here are a few one-minute "wake-ups" that will help you to re-focus
on what's important.
- What are you thankful for? List as many Gratitudes as you
can in one minute. Don't think; just write.
- Recite one-liners: uplifting quotes or favorite Bible verses.
- Close your eyes and listen to your life in all its noisy glory.
- Change your mental scenery. Close your eyes and imagine that
you are somewhere else. Somewhere with sand.
- Drink a towering glass of cold water. Visualize it as an
energy elixir (because it is.)
- Light a candle and enjoy a mini-meditation staring into
- Smile for an entire minute (This falls into the category of
"fake it till you make it.")
- Really look at your family. Leo Buscaglia once took a poll
of college students. "What color are your mother's eyes?"
he wanted to know. Only 20 percent of them could answer the
question. Take an entire minute to look-really look-at your
spouse or one of your kids. Strive to be fully present with them,
one minute at a time.
- Read an uplifting children's book to your kids.
- Read a devotional or meditation.
- Be silent.
- Turn on some classical music. Close your eyes to listen.
- Jot a few things in your "Bliss Book," a personal journal that
contains only positive thoughts, positive memories, positive ideas.
- Ask yourself: How can I find more patience, calm and strength
- Write your own "wake-ups."
Michelle Cortright is the author of several books for women
and founder of the award-winning Momscape.com, a website designed
to help busy women find balance. Visit
and get Susie's *free* course-by-email "6 Days to Less Stress."