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Finding Inner Balance

My brain has been feeling very cluttered lately. As a result, I feel anxious, stressed and unable to find a starting place. I have a hard time redirecting myself during times of uncertainty or during periods when I lack structure. But over time, I have found a handful of tricks that tend to help me get back on track. If you’re feeling something similar let’s work through this together.

I like to start with- what sounds cheesy- a few deep breaths just to address and be mindful of what I’m feeling specifically. I know it sounds like something you don’t need to be told to do but you’d be surprised how calming a couple of deep breaths can be in situations where you feel your mind racing. Slow, in through the nose. Slow, out through the mouth. While I am taking my deep breaths, I remind myself that everything is okay. My physical being at that very moment in space and time is all-right. Disclosure: if you realize your physical being is NOT all-right please take to appropriate steps to seek medical attention.

From there, start with baby steps. Like we usually do. I grab a piece of paper and write down every single thing that needs to be done. I always feel better once all my ideas are written down on paper. That way it’s easier to see and organize all the chaos.

Once everything is organized, I like to start with a warm up. This is something you should do before starting any task. It is a nice way to get your brain in gear for what’s up next. I am a firm believer in this. When it comes to your to-do list I like to warm up with the easy things first. That way I feel good about crossing things off my list and nothing is too challenging or overwhelming right off the bat.

Once you start feeling more productive and organized the checklist keeps whittling down. Just keep in mind that any progress is better than no progress. If you find that your to-do list is not complete at the end of the day, try to appreciate the things you were able to accomplish. You can do this by jotting down several things you were grateful for happening that day. That way you end the day with a positive spin and ready to do it again the next day.

Finally, what kind of physical therapist would I be if I didn’t recommend physical activity for stress relief? Stepping away from all the chaos in your brain by having a quick work out will help bring blow flow to your brain and increase those “happy chemicals” in your brain to improve your mood.

Now if you’re feeling scatter brained I hope you feel more confident to resent and find some balance in your life. If can be tough to get out of your own way sometimes but it’s important to overcome that obstacle to get back on tract in order to better today than you were yesterday. Good luck and as always,

Keep pedaling,

Cara


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