Writing a blog on top of writing a monthly newsletter, articles for other publications, and book manuscripts has given me pause. Trying to come up with original ideas that are helpful and interesting to you has been quite the challenge. Although I think I’ve determined that if I share more of my everyday life with you that will be beneficial to you as you face your daily struggles.
So this blog post is about being your own advocate. How often do you find yourself reacting to situations? Does it cause your stress level to increase and/or do you get anxious? If your answer is yes, do you subsequently find yourself overeating trying to find comfort or getting angry at someone you love just because they are there? You’re not alone, that behavior is quite normal.
Think for a moment how it would feel if you could respond to situations. Namely, you would approach challenges proactively and with greater confidence. With regard to your overall wellness, this would result in lower stress levels and possibly less overeating.
You may be asking, “How do I go about this?” Here’s how to be your own advocate:
- Be prepared: write things down, pay attention, ask questions
- Realize that adversity or challenges bring opportunity or gifts
- Notice responding means you’re in control, reacting means the situation is in control, and pick who’s in charge
- Let go of fear and trust yourself
- Reach out for help if you need it – there’s no shame in asking for assistance
These are a few actions you can take to help get you started on the road to your own advocacy. And by following these action steps, you might just find yourself more calm and confident.
Be Present | Be Purposeful | Be Well