Keeping Promises (For Yourself)

A lot of us make promises. Whether we make them to ourselves or to others, I think it’s extremely important that we keep them (if they’re healthy, of course). However, I think for many of us, the promises we make to ourselves may be the hardest for us to keep. Why? Because it often becomes so easy for us to slack off when it comes to taking care of ourselves.

I’ve said this a thousand times, and I’ll probably say it a thousand more, but consistency when it comes to facing our fears and exercising is so important. With the new year arriving, many of us set goals and resolutions. I know how it can be. We set these goals and resolutions with good intentions and high hopes, but somewhere down the line, we start to slack off. It’s not intentional and it’s not something we want, but we often times fall into that habit.

I’ve also said before that we can’t afford to do this. We can’t afford to give up on ourselves or not work as hard to get through our issues and over our obstacles. We need to work hard on a consistent basis and we need to keep reminding ourselves why we are practicing and exercising: to get better and to be able to manage our anxiety. To be able to do the things we want without our anxiety holding us back.

I know that many of us want to get through our anxiety and other obstacles because we feel that when we go through these hardships, we bring others with us. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get better partially for others, we have to mainly want to get better for ourselves. Why? Because it’s our lives that we are living.

There can be a lot of pressure put on us by others to get better and to do so quickly. A lot of people wonder why we’re not better already or question if we’re even trying at all. We have to try hard not to let others make us feel like failures. We have to realize that if we’re trying our hardest and on a consistent basis, that that’s all that matters. We cannot base our success on the opinions of others. So many of them aren’t going through what we are.

 

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Practice for yourself. Exercise for yourself. Get through your anxiety so YOU can be happy. There’s nothing wrong with doing it for others too, but make sure that you’re doing it mostly for yourself!

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Do not judge my story

Once again Bobbi has posted a great quote! I can really relate to this because I find that a lot of people tend to judge only what they see and they don’t always realize just how hard so many of us work to get through our different issues. For example, I know a lot of people think that, because they mostly see me when I’m struggling, that I never have moments when I do well or that I never try to get better.

As many of us know, getting through our anxiety and other obstacles is a process, one in which many of us try very hard to succeed at.

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Some Advice

Hey guys! So as you know, I’m planning on trying really hard this year to exercise and practice facing my fears on a consistent basis.

Now, I had set my alarm for 10:00 a.m. to begin exercising, but I have to admit, I was still pretty tired and did not feel like waking up. Yes, I know I probably should have, but I was tired. Anyway, when I did finally get up, I doubled the amount of the one exercise that I was planning on doing. I know that maybe this does not make up for the fact that I didn’t get started earlier, but I did try to make it right. My point? Just because you miss one opportunity or don’t do something perfectly, doesn’t mean that you can’t still make progress and be successful. I know I said this yesterday, but it’s true. Now, this shouldn’t be used as an excuse to try less, but we shouldn’t beat ourselves up for not being perfect.

Also, today when I was doing some other stretches, I noticed that I was having a bit of a difficult time. I’m not really sure why, but my legs seemed a little shaky. I usually try to stand on each leg for about fifty seconds each. For some reason, I was having a difficult time balancing on each leg for so long. So, I took a break, and when I felt ready, tried again. You know what? I managed to get it done. It was frustrating at first that I was having such a difficult time, but it didn’t make me a failure and it didn’t mean that I couldn’t do it. I just didn’t feel like I could at the moment and I was struggling a little bit. However, I didn’t give up. I took a break and tried again. When I did, I succeeded. What did this teach me? Don’t give up! It’s okay to take breaks, but not to give up completely! Yes, I already knew this, but it’s always good to be reminded!

Next up, I’d like to talk about some good advice that I received yesterday and that I’ve received before. Last night, out of nowhere, I got anxious. Now sometimes in life, we find ourselves rushing and when that happens, it can be hard to deal with anxiety. We know we have to get something done in a certain amount of time and if we’re anxious, it just makes everything seem all the more chaotic. However, last night when I got anxious, I called my dad and he gave me some simple, and yet great, advice. You know what he said?

He told me that I should take my time. I had no where to be, nothing to do, and was in no hurry. I could just relax and when I was ready, get done what needed to be done. You know what? It worked. I realized once I was starting to relax, that I didn’t need to hurry. What needed to be done could wait until I felt I could handle it.

Now, I’m certainly not saying it’ll always be this easy. However, sometimes we get so overwhelmed that we forget that some things can wait. We don’t always have to do everything right away. We can take the time to settle down; to relax. So next time you feel like you have to rush or you feel overwhelmed, stop and consider if you really need to rush, or if you can just take the time and wait until you feel more relaxed.

That’s my advice for today. I hope you’re all doing well!

 

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Day One Success!

Okay, so as I mentioned in a couple of posts regarding my 2016 goals/resolutions, a main thing that I want to work on is practicing facing my fears and exercising more. I’ve been way to inconsistent when it comes to practicing and exercising on a regular basis.

So today, as I promised myself, I exercised more than usual. While there were times when I didn’t feel like doing so, for the most part, I exercised like I said I would.

I know that not only is it important that I exercised today like I wanted, but that I continue to do so on a consistent basis. However, just because I know that I have to keep up a level of consistency to be as successful as I want to be, this does not mean that each day that I work hard doesn’t matter. Today was an excellent start to the new year and I am quite proud of myself. I know that every moment may not be perfect, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful!

I wish you guys all the luck with your resolutions and goals! Again, thank you for all of your support!

Grains of Sand-December ’15

As many of you know, Sandy from Sandycademy created the inspirational project, Grains of Sand! As my first post of the new year, I will be posting my Grains of Sand for last month!

-Won two-line horror story contest over at World of Horror!

  • This was exciting for me because I love writing and to see how many people enjoyed my story, even though it was only two lines, meant a lot to me. I’d like to give special thanks to Amir from World of Horror for hosting the contest. Also, thank you to all who voted!

-Made some great new friends on WordPress

  • To some people, this might not seem like a big deal, but to me it is. I met a lot of supportive and kind people and while I’m not sure if that’s really an accomplishment, it is something that I find wonderful that it happened.

-Finished reading Nathaniel by John Saul

  • Towards the end of the year, I really started getting into reading again. In December, I read Nathaniel. It’s a great book by John Saul and I recommend that you guys check it out!

-Got a really nice compliment and generous gift from a friend

  • This also may not seem like an accomplishment per say, but it is something positive that happened. This person made me feel really appreciated and I’m very thankful for that.

-Wrote some poetry that I’m proud of and received high praise

  • I’ve said this before, but I think as writers, we all tend to doubt our talent at times. However, through blogging, I’ve gotten some really nice compliments on my writing. Thank you all so very much!

And these are my Grains of Sand for December of 2015! Thank you to all who read my blog and support me! Also, please check out Sandy’s blog if you haven’t already done so! Happy New Year!