“Whenever you feel immediately overwhelmed, stop, breathe, and think. If you simply give yourself 2 minutes worth of time, you should be able to calm yourself enough to solve any problem you are facing.”– -Dalia Evans, MSW, Cove Forge BHS, 2017
I took nearly a week off last week to do a bunch of site seeing around the city of Pittsburgh, and to spend some time digging deep into the recovery scene here in the city as well. The past year of being back in Pittsburgh has tested my personal strength and sanity, but despite the heartache and hardships, I am finally seeing life on my own end is finally moving into the direction I once envisioned it to go, that of bridging the gap between mental health and physical fitness. Much is in store for the future of my business, but much is still on the developing end (stay tuned for more awesome!)
Taking time off gave me a chance to stop, to breathe, to think about overcoming the last standing obstacle in my life. I hadn’t had time over the past year to actually take the time I needed to rest and rejuvenate my energy mostly because it seemed I was running the non-stop marathon of stress and anxiety due to being around the wrong people, places and things.
I was reminded this past week that by simply changing the people, places, and things in my own world was the last standing obstacle in my path, and that if I wanted to truly be among the strongest, healthiest, mentally toughest of them all, I would simply have to stop, to breathe, and to think about how I would actively change my own scenery.
I found myself at meetings. I found myself in the gym (side note: Union Fitness in Pittsburgh is the best gym. Period). I found myself on the trails, training for the 2020 Spartan Season. I came away with the epiphany that I truly only needed a few moments, a few breathes, perhaps just a few days, hours or minutes to ease out the feelings of being so overwhelmed so I could envision what I wanted my life to become, and then actively live out those changes I wanted to see for my own health.
I’m writing this post today as a reminder to you all to check yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Stop, breathe, and think about where the sources of stress, anxiety, if not toxicity in your own life is coming from. Identify what kinds of people, places, and things are worth your own time, and actively make changes to live the life you deserve to live. We can often feel frozen in our circumstances when faced with large, seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome, but we can overcome the obstacles of life by simply giving ourselves the time to think of a solution, execute a plan, and rise above anything standing in our way.
Stop. Breath. Think. Live.
Until next . . .