Looking Back to Move Forward

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Subtle hints of fall have spread throughout the northeast – the falling leaves, cooler nights, pumpkins, and mums popping up in local stores. While summer is slowly on its way out, it is bitter sweet to reminisce about the times had. This summer we talked about ways to beat the heat, many of which involved remaining indoors, or doing activities in cool public places. Regardless of where you made your memories, it is important to keep those happy memories alive and present to take with you into the fall.

Journaling about an event or encounter that makes you smile will bring you back to that moment and hopefully increase your mood. You can look back at those journal entries and remember the good times that were had. Also having pictures or souvenirs from a trip or event can help to bring you back to that moment. Try taking a moment to close your eyes and remember how you felt at that time.

When times are hard or you are having difficult feelings about a situation, take a moment to re-focus your thoughts on one of those happier moments. Re-focusing your thoughts can help momentarily take your mind off of a certain problem or situation and better prepare you for dealing with the task at hand.

When looking back on those happy moments, focus on the feelings or emotions that were created in you at that time. Allow yourself to re-live that moment and take a deep breath.

What moments do you carry with you? How do they help you in times of stress?

 

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Special Moments

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.”

- Rose Kennedy

 “We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

- Cesare Pavese

There are many different types of moments we all experience throughout life. Some are good, some not so good, and some that remain with us for years to come. Our minds let us store these moments deep down in a place where we can retrieve them from time to time to recall how truly special the moment was. These moments will not look the same for everyone. The defining characteristic that makes these moments special is that they are different from someone else’s. They mark a time in our life that captivated us for one reason or another and helped define who we are, what we like, and what we believe to be special. So what are some of your special moments?

 

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