When was the last time you woke up on the wrong side of the bed? You know – one of those days you wanted to pull the blankets up over your head and grumble, “Hell no!”. You were feeling run down, unappreciated, and not so inclined to jump back into the grind. You just want to say, “WTF!” – and go back to sleep.
Stress is a sign that you need a change. Don’t run. Don’t hide. Turn toward it. Respond proactively. Take an inventory of your self care practices. Where do you stand with exercise, healthy eating, adequate sleep, socialization, romance, fun, or a sense of accomplishment and higher purpose?
Honor all the areas of your life that comprise you. The Gestaltists claim that, “The whole is worth more than the sum of its parts.”. If that’s the case, then maybe some of your parts (or life domains) are disproportionate. Take a look and how you’re living your life. Stop neglecting the glorious gestalt that is you.
Make a checklist or mindmap of all the life categories that together create the who that you are. Here are a few to get you started:
Rate each category on a scale of 1 to 10. if you’re not happy with your score in any category, consider what it would take to bump that number up a few notches. Be specific about what needs to change.
In essence, you’re comparing your actual life status to how you would like it to be. If you want a score of 10 in each category, what one thing could you do today that could make a difference in your score tomorrow?
Remember, you have control over your life. You are responsible for the choices you make. You decide how to spend your time each day. You choose the path you take. Moment to moment you are creating your future. Decide in this moment what you want your future to look like. Commit yourself to taking one action every day that will inch you closer to it.
When you’re feeling stuck, remember you are not! You have the power to choose to go to that crappy job, stay in bed, take a day off, go to the gym, or start doing what you really want. Stop living in fear. Stop limiting yourself. Open up to a world possibilities by taking charge now. Imagine your life being truly inspired, fulfilled, and happy.
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