Well, quite a lot it would seem! There doesn't seem to be a day goes by without some little (or big!) thing creeping into my psyche and disrupting the state of joyous happiness that should reign. Stupid things like just missing the ferry and knowing you've got to wait 30 minutes for the next one, being sat next to Mr Loud on the train, the grocery delivery missing the one thing I really wanted......the list goes on. Silly, petty things that really cause havoc in your mind and get blown up out of all proportion.
So I decided that I needed to take a step back and to stop these silly irritants spoiling what is otherwise a lovely, happy existence. What I needed was a Relaxation Mantra that I could use when I felt the ire and stress rising inside me.
One evening, I did some research on line about mantras and realised that just any old saying would not work for me, it had to be something that I really related to and would nip the negative feelings in the bud. And it had to make "sense" - I'm a very logical person and something wishy washy wouldn't cut the mustard with my precise mind!
So here it is - my Relaxation Mantra
I (stupidly) do get stressed about the little stuff but these words and image really help put the issue into perspective. When I start to get stressed, I close my eyes and visualise this beautiful photo (which I took on a fabulous relaxing trip to Ireland - we could all take a leaf out of the Irish book on how to live a laid back life!) and think "Will it matter a year from now?". Mostly, of course it won't! It's like a weight has been lifted! I love the fact that the person is moving out of the photo too - another visual telling me to "just move on" and to forget the current irritant.
So, do you have a relaxation mantra? I'd love to hear how you use yours and how successful it's been.