Work In Progress...
March 27, 2020
We are all a “Work In Progress”! Some of us more than others! But not so much more that we don’t all have some of the same obstacles in our way!
Whether we let them block us from moving forward, hold us in the past or stop us where we are now, we need to just step over them and get past whatever it is that is holding us back from making any new progress on our journeys!
We need to climb atop of that huge boulder that is blocking our way!
Whatever it is that you feel is stopping you from moving on, you need to find some new ways to get over that rock that is weighing you down and making you feel miserable, anxious, depressed and unhappy.
Here are ten of my tried and true coping mechanisms that have worked for me when I find myself in a slump and facing those boulders again!
1. Step back and think about why you started feeling down and depressed.
Try to reflect on what happened and why you are having these feelings.
2. Reach out to someone. Reaching out to a friend or family member is one of the best things you can do to talk about how you are feeling and why.
3. Listen to music. Music can put you in a better mood and make you feel less alone. Turn up the volume in your car and go for a long ride, or blast it at home and dance, dance, dance!
4. Go for a walk. Walking always helps me clear my head and clear out my negative energy. Walking with a partner is a great way to talk it out together.
5. Write It All Down. Keeping a journal, (handwritten or computer) and writing it all down, is usually the first thing I do when I’m feeling down. It always helps me get my thoughts and feelings out in front. Writing and then reading what you wrote can be very therapeutic and eye-opening. When feeling down again, it is always so helpful for me to go back and re-read what I wrote when I was feeling down before.
6. Do something spontaneous. Some of my favorite memories are choices I made spontaneously. We should all learn to go off our everyday routines every now and then and do something exciting and unplanned.
7. Go to the Gym or Exercise Class. Vigorous exercise may be just what you need to work out all of that built up anxiety and energy.
8. Laugh until your face hurts. Watch a funny movie on TV or go to the movies. Spend time with someone who has a good sense of humor. Laughing releases tension and has a natural ability to heal from the inside.
9. Read that Book. Pick up that book that has been sitting on your table for months. Books are a great way to take you to all different places, and lets you sink into a great story to forget your own for a while.
10. Let it go. It. can. be. just. that. simple. Was it really worth all that worrying about in the first place? Is it worth thinking about for the whole rest of the day? Am I really going to let it ruin my evening? Just letting it go takes less energy than it does to be upset and worried about it all day long.
Remember, you are always a work in progress. Letting the little things go one day at a time, will get you further and faster to where you want to be. Don’t keep hanging on to the “stuff” that holds you back and wears you out every day.
Move those jagged rocks that are preventing you from walking down your path to happiness and preventing you from keeping up on your work in progress.
One day at a time, one day at a time… You are a beautiful work in progress, keep going all the way to the end and never stop making progress! All of your hard work will never feel so good! You Got This!