Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, Emotional Health, living with chronic illness, overcoming adversity

Put a Tiger in Your Tank

We live very busy lives. Our schedules have become overwhelming and infringes on time for relaxation. Technology, although vitally important, robs many of time and energy because work is accessible all the time. The cell phone has made us all available twenty-four hours a day. We haven’t quite learned to set limits and as a result feelings of depletion prevail.

Now take your schedule and add some stressor to the equation. It doesn’t matter what the stressor is, it can be physical, emotional, or spiritual the impact is often similar, you compound the negative impact. The body, mind, and spirit don’t respond arithmetically; they respond exponentially. Your run great risks to your personal health and it’s difficult to stop that downward spiral without some type of intervention.

It’s critical in our modern day life to continually charge your battery. Energy is finite. Our body, mind, and spirit don’t produce energy without fuel. It requires us to fill our tanks in order to continue our journey. How do you fill your tank?

Love is a great fuel source. Having those who provide you with warm and kind thoughts, a great hug, and unconditional love is phenomenal renewable energy source. The ability to receive love is a profound experience. Having the capacity to accept such powerful energy is a blessing.

Compassion is a great fuel source. Our fuel tank is filled when compassion flows both ways. Compassion provides us with a safe container to move through what challenges us. It doesn’t require us taking on the challenges of others, or them taking on our challenges, but a deep understanding of each other’s experience.

Fun is a great fuel source. It’s okay to be serious, but without fun we have no balance. Fun is fundamental to living a full live. It can relieve stress, eliminate negative energy and impact your physical being. When we have fun we laugh. Laughter has been shown to be a natural analgesic for our bodies. It also provides us with the ability to change our priorities releasing some of the ties that bind us to our challenges.

How do you fill your tank? What have your discovered to be a renewable energy source? Share it with others, share it with us!

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I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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