About the same time as the financial crisis, my personal life was going down the toilet as well. I felt like I was being punched from all sides. I was exhausted, overwhelmed, unhappy, frustrated and down right miserable.
I had so many fires burning, I did not know which one to put out first. It dawned on me, that many of the challenges I was facing were outside my control. But, there were a few things I could do to improve how I was feeling.
First, I went to the people I loved and that gave me emotional support. I told them that I had things I had to do that required a positive mental outlook. I could not be around anyone that was negative! This did not mean if someone had an issue that I did not want to hear it and encourage them to work toward a solution. But negativity – the for the sake of negativity – is not something I could be around. What I had to do required positivity.
Then, I listened to the advice I was given. I began taking some quiet time for myself; by myself. This gave me time to regenerate and refresh. I used this time to do something that was restful and relaxing. By doing this weekly, I began to attach the challenges with a renewed vigor and confidence. Little by little my energy stores were being increased.
Finally, I started exercising weekly. Let me be clear- I HATE exercising! But what I realized in the process of doing something I hate, I became more self disciplined. My stress level was much more manageable and I looked better. (Always a plus.)
It’s been a process for the last 4 years. I can’t say I haven’t fallen off the wagon occasionally, but I always get back on. I know that the results are worth it.
Creating a buzz……¯`•.¸¸.ஐ