I Just Can’t!

September 23rd, 2009

During these tumultuous times are you feeling overwhelmed?

Is your stress so bad that it’s starting to affect you in painful ways?

Are you so tired and worried that you’re having trouble concentrating at work?

And are your personal relationships suffering because of all your stress and worry?

Are things so bad that you can’t even think about working out, or bother with making healthy food choices because you’d much rather be sitting on the couch watching your favorite TV show, munching on your favorite snack food or fast food, and washing it all down with a diet coke and some chocolate, and then some more?

And do you feel as if you’re about to explode, and all you want to do is scream “I JUST CAN’T TAKE IT ANY MORE!”

What do you do?

  1. Acknowledge what’s happening to you and around you. You will never be able to tackle and come up with positive solutions to all of the things that are negatively affecting you if you don’t consciously admit that all is not well in your world.
  2. Give yourself a break. Life is hard. The last thing you need right now is to beat yourself up over your current circumstances, whether or not you had complete control over the outcomes.
  3. Take a break. Sometimes the best thing to do is to completely remove yourself from the center of the storm. Go to a movie (a long movie…) by yourself, take a day off from work and do something out of the ordinary, reconnect with old friends, spend more quality time with the ones you love, and make sure you set aside time for rest (a vacation would be nice right about now…) and relaxation.
  4. Make a plan. Start thinking about ways (exercise, meditation, sleep, etc.) that you can use to combat and counteract all of the negative things happening to you and around you. Incorporate those ways into your daily life so that they will help you lessen the negative impact on your physical and mental wellbeing. Construct a plan and a way of implementing your plan that will help you get to a better place. A place where “taking care of #1” is paramount. Where your physical wellbeing is a priority and you can start incorporating healthy lifestyle behaviors into your daily life again and long into your future.

It would be easy for me to say “things will get better,” and they might, even if you don’t do anything.

But, I don’t know that for certain.

What I do know is this…

“Things will never be as good as they could be if you don’t make them so.”

Take Action before your pain, your stress and your worry get worse and become chronic, debilitating, and potentially life-threatening.

Let me hear your success stories…

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