Awareness and Compassion are essential daily attitudes for a good life.

“Awareness and compassion are essentials of daily living and for daily enjoying being a healthcare provider.”    Bill Chesnut, MD

Cleveland Clinic Wellness, November 21, 2015
Upgrade your stress relief! Two key qualities can help you nix habits that may add to your anxiety.
Feeling stressed? Time to turn up the A-C. No, we’re not referring to your cooling system — it’s November, after all. We’re talking about Awareness and Compassion.

Awareness: You may be attempting to relieve your stress with habits that do more harm than good. Seeing your automatic habits through a nonjudgmental, just-the-facts-ma’am lens can help you trade them in for effective stress relief. The next time you find yourself heading for the vending machine after a stressful meeting, trading exercise for Netflix, or doing whatever your personal automatic response to stress is, step back and notice. Instead of the quick fix that causes collateral damage, go for a win-win: a walk, some deep breathing, or a heart-to-heart with a close friend.

Compassion: Call it a design flaw, call it the modern world, but we’re very good at exhausting ourselves and not so good at replenishing ourselves. “We shortchange ourselves every day,” says Jennifer Hunter, LISW-S, Cleveland Clinic’s wellness director. A hearty dose of unconditional love — for yourself! — will help you shift the balance. “When you come from a place of compassion, you begin to prioritize how you’re going to keep yourself healthy and centered throughout the day.” And you won’t just feel better — you’ll get more done, too.