Why You Should Have Your Own Shut-Down!

Lately I’ve been thinking about creating a new definition of wealth. The old way we used to think about wealth was pretty much about the “toys”: homes, cars, travel, clothes, shoes, jewelry, with maybe a college education and a comfortable retirement thrown in.

Today, I see a new definition of wealth coming into vogue. I call it “Soul-level Wealth”. Soul-level wealth is wealth INSIDE and out. It’s wealth created from experiences you have with friends and loved ones. It includes something for yourself AND something towards helping others.

Many people I talk to lately are feeling the “taps on the shoulder” to help others and make a contribution back to the planet. It’s a calling to do your part. Are you feeling that? I sure am.

Perhaps now is the time to take a good look at your life – and how this year is going for you. Is it your best ever? Is it your worst ever? Is it good or mediocre? I’m not just talking about how much money you made, but that’s a component too. How’s it going in your relationships, family, health, spiritually, etc.?

HammockPick a day and reflect on that. Reflect on how things are going so far this year. Reflect on what you can improve. Reflect on what you want to leave behind. Reflect on where you want to start fresh. Take an hour or a whole day to “shut-down” and contemplate what you’d like to accomplish in the next 3 months before the end of the year.

Do this before the holidays get here and you get caught up in shopping, cooking, and decorating. Do in right now, this week, before you get too busy with the busy-ness of life.

Here are a few things to do:

  1. Shut-down the TV. Keep it off a whole day and see how much lower your blood pressure feels. Instead, turn on your favorite music and see how happy that makes you feel.
  2. Meditate. Sit silent for 30 minutes and let thoughts flow into your mind and right on out. Try not to think about anything specific and see what comes into your mind.
  3. Take a walk. Enjoy the changing colors of the leaves on the trees and how fresh the air feels.
  4. Write down what you’d like to accomplish in the last quarter of the year. What is possible? Stretch a little and add something you haven’t done before to your list.
  5. Get creative. Creativity has always been a de-stressor for me. I like to sketch or sew or do a craft project, create vision boards, or work on my Pinterest page (Pinterest.com) for fun. I love looking at their visual images.
  6. Watch a movie about a subject you’ve been wanting to learn about. Youtube is one of my favorite places to watch movies and learn new things. A movie is a good distraction and stimulates your right brain, reducing stress and giving you a nice escape from reality for a few hours.
  7. Take a relaxing bubble bath. There’s nothing simpler to de-stress, but often we forget this powerful relaxer is right down the hall. Epsom salts or lavender are lovely in the bath. I also like the scent of Vitabath.

Having your own “shut-down” will help you not only finish this year strong, but also get a jump start on 2014! It will make sure your priorities are properly aligned and not out of whack. It will give you the soul-level of wealth that’s truly satisfying and meaningful.

Ahhh, I’m enjoying the wealth of peace and quiet already.

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