I wanted to share a few ways I’ve figured out how to fry my
system. They’re tried and true. Trust me,
have a go at these and you’ll be
stressed to the limit in no time.
Expect Perfection from
Yourself & Others
I’m not a perfectionist, but I find it’s the moments when I
demand perfection from myself or others that I am quickly disappointed. Push
yourself, yes. Help others to know what you value and expect. But also leave
room for imperfections. Sometimes those allow for the most effective and
Consume Too Much &
Sit All the Livelong Day
I combined these two into one because they are sort of a
gimme. And they’re covered in every health magazine every single issue.
Overindulgence of food or drink (especially on a regular basis and not just
when you wedding crash or celebrate a big birthday) is guaranteed to leave you
with little energy to spare. Lack of exercise will turn your body to jelly and
it won’t just hurt to climb the stairs, it’ll hurt to walk from one room to the
next. Think, no one wants to carry you through life. Better to carry yourself
Take yourself too seriously. Go ahead, try it. See how it
works for you. I really believe laughter is one of the greatest medicines known
to man. It often accompanies humility and perspective. They’re a mighty fine
I have this tricky thing that’s been happening with me
lately. I’ve been doing some insane plotting and writing in my sleep. Wonderful, you say. Double duty, you think. To which I respond, no--emphatic no. I can personally attest to the fact that burning
the candle at both ends like this compromises my peak brain function during the
daytime hours. Go hard, yes. But structure hours for this. No human is meant to
mimic a fake pink bunny playing the drums twenty-four-seven.
Wallow in them. Believe every lie at its core. Marinate in
the absurd, the outlandish and the malicious. Have a party for these thoughts
and watch for yourself how they’ll trash your place and leave it a bloody mess.
Invite Worry into
Every Relationship & Scenario
Moms have a secret oath we agree to the second our babies
leave our bodies. Somewhere inside us we buy into the misguided notion if we
worry we can sway the circumstances or the end results. Given this one is born
from a strong sense of caring, you don’t need me to tell you worry is a
magnificent timewaster. I’ve allowed hours to tick by when I’ve worked myself
into a tizzy about four hundred devastating potentials only to be mocked when
not a single one of my imagined scenarios plays out. How’s that for quality
Answer to Everybody
Pull an Igor and make everyone else in charge of your life.
Become a people pleaser with little sense of pride. Great way to lose a solid
sense of yourself. And tire yourself out faster than I can say, “Yes, Master.”
Become a Slave to
Better yet let the Internet, your phone, or social media own
your day. Whew, I’m wiped out just thinking about trying to keep up with the
ever-changing scope of online communication.
Be Afraid of Changing a
Routine or Life Pattern
Something’s not working? Stay the course, the exact same
course you’ve been running hard at for five years. Then again, you could always
take a risk. Mix things up. Learn to breathe again by stepping out.
Believe Doctor Visits
Are for Sissies
A few months ago a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with
lung cancer. She could have blown off her cough. I know I have a tendency to
put off a call to my doctor, convincing myself that everyone in my family (and
the entire world) come before me. I’m so thankful my friend made that doctor’s
appointment because she gave herself the chance to fight beautifully and that’s
exactly what she’s been doing. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more joyful
I know you can’t wait to go try some of these. I won’t keep
you. Go for it. What have you got to lose? Oh, that’s right. Your health,
energy, strength, stamina…and so much more.
What runs you down the quickest?
*Bonus, just for giggles overbook your schedule and
over-commit yourself. C’mon, you know you want to. ;-)