This post was actually inspired by a video clip by personal trainer Michelle Bridges who was talking about emotional eating and flexing your willpower muscle. She talked about accepting the fact that emotions come and go just as waves rise and fall. Notice that you are feeling upset/bored/angry and then know that it will pass, like all emotions do, and will be replaced by something new, something fresh.
I often see and hear people trying to battle against the way that their lives are flowing rather than embracing and making the best of it.
So you have a crazy, busy day at work? Set yourself small goals and enjoy the pleasure of ticking them off and getting so much done. Then reward yourself with a bubble bath and home pedicure to relax. The chaos always subsides (even if it’s only until the next work day).
Feeling down after a break-up/failure/fight? Give yourself five minutes to really sink into the unhappiness. Feel every depressing bit of it. Then move on. Go outside, get active or call a close friend – but leave the sadness behind you, at least for a little while.
Ride the ups and downs that come your way rather than trying to fight them. There’s something comforting in knowing that after the storm there will always be some calm.
Do you fight the wave or embrace whatever comes your way?