aka The Frazzled Mom
We all know what life can throw at us. And if you don’t, if you are too young, give it time. It’s tough to keep a stiff upper lip, to smile despite the emotional pain (or physical pain). And when it happens day after day, seemingly unrelenting, it can be even more of a challenge.
What do I do? Well, when I can…and believe me, I still struggle to remember this…I try to view it in a positive light. What has this situation done for me, taught me? How can I turn it from a bad to a good thing? The stories posted could have bothered me, and some of them actually did until something happened to completely change my view. That is the important thing to remember. I can’t let the actions or words of others change my mood, feelings or the way I live my life.
I’m my own worst critic. Are you there as well with yourself? The negative thoughts that churn in my head are unending. Should I listen to them? We know the obvious answer, but the truth is, there are days when I do. My goal for anyone that struggles with this is to fight, ignore and break away from negative thinking.
You may not want to except your situation, physical limitations or attributes. You don’t have to be ok with it, but you also don’t have to hate yourself for it. I do and I need to stop. This A to Z challenge has reminded me of some great times, little moments that got me giggling and when I was done I felt so good!
Not every moment will make me laugh. But in those moments when it comes, I need to take advantage and thoroughly enjoy those times. Laughter truly is the best medicine, uplifting our spirits while lowering our blood pressure and stress hormones like cortisol (Neuroendocrine and stress hormone changes during mirthful laughter). I’ve read in studies that there is a link to raised stress hormones and weight gain. Grreeaaat….
I’ve learned through the years that I weigh life’s importance by the time spent with family and friends, not by the things I have or the places I’ve been. Find what is important to you, build on it. There will always be stress, but we can reduce the effects it can have on our bodies. We can’t control situations in our life. Things happen that are usually out of our control. The take away?