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Life is busy. As in, “leave the house before sunrise, meetings all day, bad traffic, get home after sunset, make dinner, go to bed, and do it all again tomorrow,” kind of busy. And all this busy-ness can be really stressful. But, in all that chaos one of the most grounding and relaxing things you can possibly do is stop, even for just an instant, and find something, anything, to be grateful for.

Gratitude really can be one of the most centering and grounding things you can do. Taking a moment to focus on an experience, person, or instant of the present day that you are thankful for brings your brain into a better space in two ways. First and foremost, regardless of what kind of mood you had been experiencing prior, a grateful moment can provide a positive boost that can turn the emotional moment in the right direction. Secondly, by finding an aspect of the present day, you bring your focus back to the current timeframe instead of fixating on a project or presentation at work next week, a conversation from yesterday, or any other thoughts that take away from the present.

What Is Within Our Control

I was feeling super anxious about participating in a strength challenge put on by StrongFirst, an organization in which I highly respect the people, and the principles that they teach. I had attempted this feat of strength multiple times but the anxiety of performing in front of a lot of people made me feel extremely nervous and provoked feelings of anxiety up to weeks before hand. Lots of people wanted to offer me training advice, which was all in good nature, but the best advice I got was about mental prep and changing my mindset around the event. The great part is this mental reframing has now permeated into the rest of my life!

Feeling in or out of control is a big part of feeling anxious. When we feel out of control, or like we are not in the know, we feel like we are not participating in our own outcome and this can often times lead to feelings of anxiety, nerves, and fear. Understanding what we can control of, kind of have control over and have no control over can great help this feeling of being in the driver seat of your life.   

As we go through each category, we will use two different types of life examples to show how we can create these sort of lists. Let’s use the example of running your first 5k and a big presentation you have for work.

“Get Rich Quick” Nutrition

Cleanses, “Drop twenty pounds in two weeks” claims, and supplements that promise to burn fat fast, are aplenty. The diet and nutrition industry continues to grow, and with the prominence of social media, the reach and inundation of information is increasing exponentially. A lot of these plans promise massive results in little time with minimal effort. But do they work? Are they worthwhile? And if not, why are they still so damn popular?