Thursday, September 18, 2008

Burned at Both Ends

This is one of those weeks in which I feel like I've been burned at both ends. Presenting two high-energy seminars a day, driving to different locations, sleeping in an unfamiliar bed (ok...don't get your imagination in gear), handling the everyday personal life issues that we all have certainly take their toll.

We all have days, weeks, months, and sometime years like this.

There are a couple of basic keys to working through difficult times. The most important key is to keep moving. Put one foot in front of the other and do the best you can with what you have where you are. Simple time will take care of the rest.

Next, do you have something that takes you up and away from your cares. It could be reading, church, walking, watching some TV, anything positive activity that, in essence, recreates you.

Keepin your energy level out of the red zone is crucial. Drink more water, don't binge on anything, and try to get some exercise.

You may find that reaching out to whatever spiritual source gives you strength is helpful. Most studies about our participation in spiritual activities show positive outcomes.

Try to say positive things to yourself. Whatever messages you keep running through your mind are the messages you believe. Keep'em positive.

Finally, at the end of the day find two things that went right. A University of Miami study showed that people who, at the end of the day, list five things they have to be grateful for tend to have more positive outlooks on life, fewer depressive episodes, and, in come cases, lower blood pressure.

Here are two good things about today: Thursday and Friday....that's how many days we have until the weekend.

Keep movin'.

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