Doren Damico

Best New Year Resolutions #If Cats Were In Charge

Purrfect Productivity

So… I’m contemplating my New Year Resolutions while listening to an audio of Thrive, by Arianna Huffington.  Arianna and I have come to similar conclusions and goals:  To help women live a successful life filled with Well Being, Wisdom and Wonder.   

#IfCatsWereInCharge Living and working would be balanced.

I’m on a mission and to help me achieve my dreams for 2017 I’ve given my New Year a theme: “Perfect Productivity.”  

This year I’m going to get it ALL done, while maintaining balance, health and joy.  Almost seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?  

I was wondering about this and having a good laugh at myself while simultaneously watching my eldest cat, Misty Polkadot, take her morning window sun nap.  Then it hit me like a sudden paw swipe out of catdom:  I need to take some cues from our wise feline friends!

I hope the following “Best New Year Resolutions #If Cats Were In Charge” will inspire you to do the same.

 

#IfCatsWereInCharge We’d see the world through different eyes.

 

Best New Year Resolutions #If Cats Were In Charge

Resolution #1: Be Flexible and Smile

This year I’m going to be flexible both mentally and physically, and I’m going to do this by Starting Every Morning With A Smile.

Practice being flexible by… 

  • Literally smiling as soon as you wake up in the morning. When you smile, the movement of your muscles are interpreted by your brain as a message to release neurotransmitters called endorphins!  Smiling will literally make you feel happier and help lower stress levels.

#IfCatsWereInCharge There would be 1000x more love in the world.

 

Practice being flexible by…

  • Embedding flexible actions into your daily and weekly schedule.  Stretching in bed, practicing yoga or getting regular massages will not only help your body be more flexible, but will influence your mental well-being.   

#IfCatsWereInCharge They would do morning stretches.

 

Practice being flexible by…

  • Cultivating and engaging opportunities to laugh.   I promise the new year will throw things at you and you’ll need flexibility to duck, dodge and move on. There is nothing like humor to help you release old mental habits and find new ways of seeing. 

#IfCatsWereInCharge Every day would be a cause for celebration.

 

Practice being flexible by…

  • Laughing out loud right now! Go on… try it!  Laugh loud, laugh strong, laugh silly!  Laugh like Santa, a wicked witch or a maniacal monster  Break out in spontaneous laughter in public.  Just laugh. 

 

 

 

 

Resolution #2:  Be Present and Breathe 

This year I am going to be present and I’m going to do this by Breathing Deeply at Daily Natural Cues.

Practice being present by…

  •  Taking deep breaths every time you are at a stop light… at a stop sign (you can do this whether you are driving, biking, or walking), or waiting in a line somewhere.

#IfCatsWereInCharge My master would be a grey tabby. #StarWars #Jedi

 

Practice being present by…

  • Taking deep breaths every time you open an email… stop to view a post on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter, or when you’re waiting for something to download.

#IfCatsWereInCharge No one would have to do paperwork.

 

Practice being present by…

  • Taking a literal “breather.”  This year, instead of taking a cigarette break (I’m 30 days smoke free right now!), I’m going to take a breather!  

Misty Polkadot knows how to enjoy the sunset!

 

  • Enjoy this wonderful 5 minute guided breathing meditation by TopazVisions!

 

Resolution #3  Be Playful and Sleep

This year I’m going to be playful and sleep and I’m going to do this by Sprinkling My Day With Spontaneity.

Practice being playful by…

  • Moving through physical space with the heart of a child.  The gym is where people go to workout.  Free your spirit and make everywhere a place to play!  

#IfCatsWereInCharge They would be rolling down the stairs.

 

 

Practice being playful by…

  • Landing on Your Feet.  Want peace in the world?  BE PEACE.  If you are running around squeaking “The sky is falling!” hopefully it is because you want to “move through physical space with the heart of a child” and “engage opportunities to laugh.”  Despite the scary stories you may hear this year, you CAN CHOOSE what you focus on and how you expend your energy.  Keep your brain and body free from the negative effects of trauma.  Be aware of danger and create safe spaces.  Courageously channel your energy into masterminding and contributing to the revitalization of global well-being, which begins with you!   

#IfCatsWereInCharge Scary stories would be for kids, not concerned voters.

 

Practice being playful by…

  • Treating yourself to the benefits of napping.  From mid-morning/afternoon/evening siestas to power naps at the office, your optimal mental and physical functioning IS IMPORTANT.   If you are tired, curl up and nap.  You will actually get more done if you are rested!  

#IfCatsWereInCharge Naps would definitely be mandatory.

 

Practice being playful by…

  • Ditching the tech at night and making bedtime special.  A good night’s sleep is probably one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and the light from your phones, computer, and tv, are going to disrupt your natural sleep cycles.  Leave the tech out of the bedroom and create a special bedtime routine with fun pajamas, and a basket filled with non-digital books, journals, stationary, puzzles or games.  

#IfCatsWereInCharge The happiest place on Earth would be anywhere.

 

Here’s to a year of  Purrfect Productivity filled with Well-being, Wisdom, and Wonder!  

Resolution #1: Be Flexible and Smile

Resolution #2:  Be Present and Breathe

Resolution #3  Be Playful and Sleep

 

Doren Damico is a lyricist, poet, visual artist, and the author of When You Can’t Scream… Or 10 Reasons Why I Smoke.   To follow her Smoke Free journey, subscribe to her youtube channel When You Can’t Scream…  To follow her creative journey, subscribe to her blog at: dorendamico.com

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