LIFE IS: Balance

We have all at one time or another physically “ran out of GAS.” It is that feeling that you just cannot do any more.

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How many of us realize that we can “run out of GAS” emotionally? This a theory presented in the Y’s Way to Stress Management (Donald Tubesing) called the theory of Generalized Adaptation Syndrome (GAS). What this theory says is the there is a level of emotion stress that is healthy for all of us. The level can be different from one person to the next, but what we all share is that, for the time we spend above the emotional level or line if you will, you have to spend the same amount of time below the line.

Life often forces us to be above the line, whether it be your work, family, social or financial situation or any other of other possibilities. And if we spend too much time above the line, life has a way of forces us to below the line, mostly in the form of illnesses, Heart Attack, Stoke, Gastrointestinal, Depression, etc.

The solution to balancing your life is to spend time on both sides of the line. Now I have always said you do not have to balance “Tuesday.” There are times when balance in not possible; special projects at work, family crises, finishing your degree etc. Just keep in mind that life has a way of balancing itself. It is better that you control your balance. Spend some time below the emotional line - put some GAS back in the tank!

Life is…“a journey, not a destination.”

footstepsThis is a quote by famous poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. I have heard this phrase used to describe many situations in life, mostly difficult ones requiring patience. But this remains true even through our most positive endeavors. We are all advancing in life on a journey, separately but also together. We all have struggles, are always learning and growing, and making decisions on which path to take; we are all advancing on our journey. But more often than not, we are focused on the destination.

I personally find myself stressing out about the end result so much that I forgot to enjoy the ride. Everyone forgets while powering through our busy lives. We rush to work and watch the clocks until we can go home, eat a quick meal, get some more work done and hurry off to bed…just to do it all again tomorrow!

But what are we all in such a hurry for? In all of our hustle and bustle we put ourselves through, we forget to enjoy the greatest gift of all: TODAY!

After much worrying and rushing along my own journey, I have learned to just take a minute and enjoy the present experiences we get to take part in. Sometimes it’s not always about where you end up, but how you got there and what you learned along the way.

So make your journey count, because we only get one. Walk the extra mile, and seek the roads less traveled when you can. And try not to worry so much about where and when the journey will end. Enjoy the time you are given today.

LIFE IS: Happy

happyOr rather Life should be happy! After spending most of my life (30+ years) meeting with people about their “wellness,” I have come to believe we need to stop making excuses for not being happy and start doing the things that will make us happy. It seems to me that unhappy people always have an excuse not to be happy. Many of the excuse are legitimate. But my dad told me once that “life is not easy, and is rarely fair, but you make it fun.” I believe that it is this statement that has made me a happy person.

The excuses that make happiness a struggle are all there: money, relationships, job, family - I have heard it all. We all go through unhappy times, but that does not have to make us an unhappy person. I have had plenty of unhappy times, so what keeps me a happy person?

Progress! Specifically, progress toward making things better. It is identifying what can be changed and how that can be done. Then, most importantly, make progress toward that change. It is doing a little better today than I did yesterday.

Life is not always going to be happy, but by always working towards happiness, you can be happy!

What's in your glass?

Life Is…FULL

Do you see the glass as ½ full or ½ empty?

My brain always wants to tell me the glass is half empty because it started full, right? But then my husband will tell me I’m being a pessimist. I’ve always been the type of person to prepare myself for the worst by expecting the bad and then if something good happens, it’s good, but if something bad happens it’s ok too because I am prepared. But I am here to tell you today that that is no way to live – always feeling like the worst could be coming for you.

So I have started to change the way I view things - looking for the positive or the good before the bad. If you see the glass as ½ empty I challenge you to change too!

I want to make sure to smile more and frown less, always try to laugh every day, and take the time to live in every moment. There will always be problems we face but try to face them head on and with a smile, because after all life is what you make it! And I choose to make my life FULL!

When life throws you lemons, fill up that ½ full glass to make it full of lemonade!

LIFE IS: Snowy

snowflakes PNG7545Winter is awesome! When we see that thermostat dip below 50, we know it means upcoming holidays, feasts, family time, snow, New Years, and merriment. But let’s face it, by the time mid-January rolls around, winter loses a bit of its glow and we are all just counting down the days until spring. It’s cold, icy, and you don’t want to leave your warm house for any reason other than work and errands.

But (as you probably predicted I was going to tell you) you need to leave your warm, cozy house. Staying cooped up for three months isn’t good for your health and can lead to conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Some people go into somewhat of a hibernation state, putting tasks and life goals off until the weather warms. I know I can be guilty of this. The best way to fight off the stagnation is simply to get up, get out, and move.

Going outside doesn’t have to be a chore; there are so many fun reason to venture into the snow that northerners especially have the lucky opportunity to take advantage of. Skiing, snowboarding, and ice skiing are all the adrenaline rush you’ll need to keep warm! Wrap your dog in a doggie jacket and take them for a longer walk, they need it too! Build a snowman or have a snowball fight with the kids. Try your hand at ice fishing. Rent a snowmobile! The possibilities for winter fun are almost endless considering we only have precious few months to take advantage of them.

Be sure to bundle up warm, dress in layers, and drink plenty of water. If you go walking or jogging, wear appropriate socks and shoes and keep a strict eye out for ice. Don’t forget one of the best parts about spending time outside in the winter: getting to come back inside and feeling the icicles melt from your hair as you curl up next to a heater with a hot drink. 