Think Write: How to Take Control of Your Life

Not taking responsibility for your own health is the reason why you’re stressed; you put your wellbeing into the hands of others and hope for the best. However, there’s a lot you can do to change what may otherwise happen to you, if you don’t take the initiative yourself. While the major aspects of your life, such as your work, relationships and emotions, may seem entirely controlled by outside forces and cause you to feel stressed, those external things do not have to determine the outcome of your life.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a complementary wellness technique that will work wonders. Try to take a few minutes of peace and quiet to settle your thoughts and breathe normally. This can help to limit the tensions of everyday life, increase your energy levels, help you cope with chronic physical conditions and enhance your overall health and wellbeing. It works by getting you attuned to the patterns of your thinking, and understanding how your mind works. You tend to think about the past, or the things you should be doing, rather than getting engaged in the present moment. MBSR helps you to develop this skill, and has been proven to reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, as well as improving immunity, focus and satisfaction in your work and personal relationships.

If you want something a little more practical, grapho-therapy is a unique and interesting tool to help you understand your wellness status and thereby gain positivity in life. You can study your health through analysing your handwriting. If you write with light or extremely light pressure, for instance, this suggests that you have either lost enthusiasm for life or are affected with low blood pressure or anaemia. Similarly, if your handwriting slant goes from right to left over a period of time, it could indicate the onset of depression or loss of interest in life. If you want to balance your relationships and career well, use this grapho tip: write your initial, your husband/father’s initial and last name (in full) as your signature, making sure that both initials and first letter of last name is in capitals and without dots in between.

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