1. I communicate far better with my husband than I used to. I try my best not just to snap at him, but explain why I am frustrated. He has made a point of listening instead of getting defensive. I think explaining how my mind works and how I perceive things has helped him get a better understanding of who I am and why I get so bent out of shape about certain things. I take time to explain when things bother me and why. He has been trying really hard not to take things personally.
4. Tapping. I use tapping mostly when I feel like blowing up and losing my cool. Sometimes I find myself tapping even before I am conscious of it. I also find that I tap in the car alot. For me it is not about the mantra it is a self soothing technique and it works for me. Tapping has so many benefits that I truly think it is miraculous. I am pleased it is in my arsenal!
5. Unplugged. I have tried to unplug from 24 hour news media. The divisiveness made me crazy. I try very hard to get my news and move on. I cannot wallow in that type of negativity that news channels bring. The same thing with my phone. My phone that was always attached to my hand gets plugged up in the foyer when I get home. I am still accessible for friends and family, but I am not constantly receiving news alerts, text alerts and being fed garbage from media. My home number is only given out to a few friends and family and I know when it rings that it is someone I want to talk to. I feel so much more relaxed than I use to with that phone stuck to my body!
6. My Best Friend. She is amazing. Always there for me even through her own crap, she is willing to listen and laugh with me. I couldn't have made it through the last year of family issues, constant pain from my leg accident and "just life" without her. She is a part of who I am today even though she has only been in my life a short time. She is the sister I never had and sometimes I think we were separated at birth. She amazes me with her strength and her resiliency. She makes me a better person.