Oh my…how in the world do you manage to face the ups and downs in your life and still maintain a positive outlook and cheerful attitude? I know it can be done, I know people who do it. And what? Do they face less stress than the rest of us? Do they not have problems? Of course that’s not it. We all know that’s not how it is. Everyone has stress, everyone has problems. Some folks simply handle those things better than others.
I’ve allowed the stress at work to affect my attitude even when I get home. I don’t want to live like that. One of the girls I work with (I was told, by a co-worker, that I should refer to the women I work with as “girls”, otherwise they feel as old as their mothers…hmm…) asked me if I was still walking and exercising daily. When I told her I wasn’t, she asked me why. When I told her I wasn’t doing anything like that because I’m depressed…well…that kind of hit me.
Do I not realize by now that daily exercise is the cure for depression? That eating a healthy diet makes me feel better about everything else in my life? That following my passion allows me to shake off the stress from work when I leave the building? Uh…yeah…I do realize all of those things. So why haven’t I been doing them? I mean, I can only blame depression for so long…then there comes a time when I have to take responsibility for myself and do what I need to do to feel better.
I’m pretty much thinking that time is now. Time to get back to exercising. I’ve been eating better, more fruit and veggies, less vending machine food, less fast food, taking my lunch to work. So I feel like I’ve taken a few steps in the right direction as far as food is concerned. Now to add a few minutes of exercise to my daily routine. And to spend at least some time every day doing something that I enjoy…whether that be writing, dancing, music, going for a walk in the park, hitting the farmers market…whatever…there are so many choices, I just need to convince myself to do something that makes me smile.
I want to wake up looking forward to the day ahead rather than dreading it. And there’s no time like now to start this new way of dealing with life. I’m going for it!
- The Winning Mind: Keeping the Ups and Downs of Life in Perspective (beyondthecall.wordpress.com)