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Friday, May 13, 2016

Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed about your Future? Ease your Mind and Take Positive Action

'A good part of courage is just being sick and tired.'  Robert Brault
Times of Transition are Unsettling 

No matter who we are, or what life changes we're experiencing, times of transition are unsettling and disruptive--leading us to initially freeze up, and temporarily suspending us in a frozen state of inertia as we try to figure things out in our heads.

Sometimes change is thrust upon us, and sometimes we gain the courage to step into the unknown because 'we're just sick and tired' of the current conditions.

What makes us tense in transitions is our focus on the future. We fear what won't happen that we want to have happen, or we fear what will happen that we don't want to happen. So we do nothing at all.

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. Ruth Ann Schabacker

Change from Future Tense to Present Ease

How do we ease our minds and begin the journey back to taking positive actions to lead us forward to the next stage of a fully-engaged and worthy life? 

When you feel overwhelmed and stuck in 'future tense', stop, take a breath, and ease back into the present. Get off the worry track. Take a day off from thinking about 'your situation', and engage in activities that let you know you are glad to be alive.

  • Go out and spend time with people you are happy to have in your life NOW to laugh and celebrate your friendship. 
  • Take a walk on a favorite trail.
  • Take a book to read in a favorite spot.
  • Visit your favorite coffee house to sip a cuppa and people-watch.

Sometimes we just need to remember--life is to be enjoyed. Instead of letting your life be determined by fear and worry--focus on putting memorable activities into your life each day. 

'To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.'   William James

'We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.' Japanese Proverb

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For more than 30 years, Susan Meyerott has been helping people lighten up and step over invisible barriers to change one step at a time. She speaks to your heart, puts you at ease, and makes changing easier than ever before.

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Jean | said...

Sue, you've done it again -- wowed me with wonderful words! In this case, "Change from Future Tense to Present Ease" really resonates with me!

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Thanks, Jean. It's amazing how that simple change from future to present changes everything!