I am truly excited to announce that today's post comes from Kimberly Hayes of PublicHealthAlert.info. In the following article, she tackles some very effective strategies to assist in addiction recovery.
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Substance abuse addiction has many causes; therefore, there are many different ways to treat it. What works for one person may not work for another, so it’s important to find the treatment that is best for you and your needs. Some individuals who are battling addiction are parents, some are busy professionals, and some have separate health issues that need to be addressed. Finding the right treatment can take a while, and it can be frustrating if you aren’t open to change.
Fortunately, there are several alternative methods you can try that vary in intensity. Many of these can be adapted to fit your lifestyle, incorporate technology, or will line up with the things you already enjoy doing, such as hiking or spending time outdoors, to ease stress and anxiety. The best part of alternative recovery methods is that you can choose which works best for you, and with the help of your doctor, you can boost your self-confidence and get healthy at the same time.
Read on for some great tips on how to find the right alternative therapy method for your needs.
Art therapy is employed by thousands of people across the US to help ease the effects of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. It works so well as an alternative treatment because it allows the individual to have a creative outlet for negative energy and emotions, many of which feed the issues connected to the disorders named above. You might try drawing, painting, sculpting, scrapbooking, or even cooking -- any activity that allows you to get your creative juices flowing can be beneficial.
Many individuals have found success with holistic therapy, which focuses on the mind, body, and soul and often utilizes both conventional and alternative treatments at the same time. For instance, if your family relationships have suffered as a result of your addiction, you might consider getting everyone together to practice dance therapy, or you can roleplay and act out different scenes with one another in order to see the benefits of different approaches.
For some, the best way to treat substance abuse is to get active. If you love being outside, you might choose to hike, run, mountain bike, surf, or garden. Or if you’re looking for something less rigorous, you can practice yoga or do some moderate stress-relieving stretches. Getting daily exercise can boost your mental health, help you feel strong and in control, and keep you fit, and it can also help you stay social, which can be hard to do when you’re in recovery. It will also help you sleep better.
Think about using tech to enhance your exercise regimen. If you’re starting a yoga practice, there are many helpful apps you can download to your smartphone, including 5 Minute Yoga and Down Dog. If you’re hiking, biking, or running, consider getting a smartwatch or fitness tracker, which can monitor you activity and heart rate. One of the latest models, the Apple Watch Series 5, includes a built-in compass, updated SOS feature, and fall detection. If you prefer a regular fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 3 offers a 24-hour heart rate monitor and extended battery life of up to seven days.
While it could be associated with holistic therapies, practicing mindfulness is actually related to many different forms of addiction treatment. It can be done through meditation alone or through yoga, and many people believe in its healing properties. When done correctly, practicing mindfulness can help you focus, reduce anxiety and stress, and help you learn to cope with those feelings in the moment. This is important for individuals who are battling addiction since stress and anxiety are major causes of substance abuse. If you want to improve your meditation/mindfulness practice, download apps like Calm or Headspace.
There are many different alternative methods for addiction recovery, and it’s important to keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another. Try not to be hard on yourself if one method doesn’t do much for you after a friend had success for it; just move on and do what’s right for you. Remember to talk to your doctor before beginning any major new regimen since you need to make your health a priority.
Kimberly Hayes knows firsthand the loneliness and unknowns that addiction brings. After overcoming an eating disorder, she is ready to squash the stigma and help raise awareness about the importance of health, wellness, and self-care as it pertains to addiction, mental health, and so much more. If you like what you read, please check out PublicHealthAlert.info for more great information!
"When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change."
It's been a long time since I last posted. A lot has happened. What began as an ankle injury to start my summer, spiraled into limb and life threatening conditions. As an athlete for most of the 35 years of my life, it turned my world upside down.
pulmonary embolism in my right lung (blood clot). I was hospitalized for a week on IV heparin to prevent further clotting and to prevent further complications (See also: death). They determined that Xarelto had failed for me, and that a piece of my clot broke off and went to my lung. I was placed on Warfarin (a very aggressive blood thinner) and Lovenox upon discharge from the hospital. My oxygen would drop into the 80s with activity and with heat. Lightheadedness and lethargy became commonplace.
At the beginning of August, I was diagnosed with post pulmonary embolic pleurisy (inflammation of the linings of the the lung) after waking up with crushing chest pain. Pain that would increase with any activity. It would hurt to laugh, sneeze, talk, and cough. Going up the stairs left me breathless and in agony. At first they thought it was my heart. Two more ER visits, a stress test, and multiple outpatient appointments have ruled out the major players , but the feeling of having a heart attack was constant. Fortunately, it was determined that my heart and lungs are now healthy and that the pain was pleuritic in nature. It's uncomfortable, but not not damaging or life threatening.
4/7/2019 USAPL deadlift 457lbs. 2 months before my injury.
There is still a long way to go. My return to be an athlete is limited by my musculoskeletal issues, as well as my vascular and pulmonary compromises. Today, a 1 mile walk increased my heart rate to over 135 bpm and left me in 6/10 chest pain and a need for a two hour nap (previously that would be a heart rate I could only attain by running 2+ miles at an 8 minute mile pace). In addition, I have lost over 25 lbs of muscle, 8cm of thigh and 6cm of calf circumference. At minimum, I will be out for 2-3 more months due to being on continued anticoagulation therapy.
9/25/2019 BW squats x 6 reps (max effort). ~4 months following initial injury.
This has been truly a challenge. I have had to face identity crises at least once a week. I went from an active, athletic, and social member of society to a Netflix connoisseur. I lost my sense of passion, purpose, and provision. I battled depression and anxiety. I lost who I was, and who I wanted to be. Things could have always been worse. Fortunately, there is a light ahead.
9/27/2019 - Single leg extension with 1 plate. You can appreciate the quadriceps lag and weakness of my right leg.
Now that I am approaching the other side of recovery, I am finding the true value in my experiences this summer. I have learned about compassion for others in similar situations. I have learned patience. I have been able to slow down my life and reflect on who I want to be and how I want to live. I have been able to assess my pre-injury life and determine what factors led to the eventual downward spiral of my health. I have been able to identify what is most important in life...my relationships and the services I can provide for others. With this better perspective, I will aim to improve not only physically, but all facets of my life. I hope to take this arduous journey...learn from it...and come back stronger.
Rob is a Physical Therapist in Boston MA who specializes in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. Rob is SFMA Level 1 Certified and has extensive training in Trigger Point Dry Needling and IASTM. Rob enjoys treating athletes of all levels and of all sports. He has a specific interest in helping in those who like to challenge themselves at any level. He is a certified powerlifting coach through the USAPL, as well as an Obstacle Specialist and SGX Coach through Spartan Race. Rob is currently a Spartan Race Social Media Influencer and recipient of multiple Trifectas, annually. He also is an amateur powerlifter and hockey player.
The Growth Mindset is such an essential part of success that I felt the need to share more about it! As previously mentioned, “in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment." (Dweck) This is in contrast to the fixed mindset where "people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.” Developing a growth mindset is integral in learning and development. In order to do so, Dweck suggests that you follow the process...
Step 1. Embrace your fixed mindset (at least acknowledge it). It is important to note, that people exhibit both mindsets at certain times and for certain things. The first step is to just acknowledge your fixed mindset.
Step 2. Become aware of what triggers your fixed mindset. It can be when you are faced with a new challenge. A deadline approaching. An injury. A missed promotion. An award or acknowledgement not received. A lost relationship. A recent raise. Someone else's success. Whatever it is, your goal is to identify what causes/caused you to fall into the fixed mindset trap. Do not judge yourself for this, but just observe what happens to your mindset.
Step 3. Give your fixed mindset a persona. From here, you can separate yourself from this mindset by giving it a name. Notice the trends of your thought processes, the emotions, and feelings that you have when this persona comes out.
Step 4. Learn to use the growth mindset instead. Teach this newly named persona how you will take these triggers and turn it into a learning experience.
Step 5. Spread the growth mindset. Make new goals every day. Remind yourself to take the growth approach. Ask yourself what you have learned today? Teach others based on your experiences. Continue to focus on your growth!
Identifying, separating, and converting your mindset from a fixed to growth mindset is the ultimate goal. You will tend to fall into a fixed mindset at times because it is easy or a learned response. The fixed mindset is there because of a reason. Whether it was developed as a conditioned response, an efficient way of thinking, or as a result of trauma or other past experience...it'll find it's way to creep back in. Your response to the identified fixed mindset is key. The goal is to stop it before it starts weighing you down and to convert it into a positively growth driven force.
For more information on mindsets and how to develop the growth mindset, I HIGHLY recommend Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
The Achilles tendon, the powerful lower leg tendon that acquired it's name from the famous Ancient Greek warrior of the Trojan War is now a significant concern for another Warrior- Kevin Durant. The weakness of the famous Greek is now presenting itself in Golden State.
Achilles ruptures are known for their long rehabilitation times. In an elite basketball player, typically surgery is the option with a recovery time of approximately 9-12 months. To note, this is the time it would be expected to see the player back on the court, not at full potential. To allow for successful healing of the tendon repair, the initial stage requires the athlete to be nonweightbearing on crutches. This can range from 2 to 8 weeks, depending on surgeon, patient, and the repair itself. At around 6-8 weeks, the patient will begin to progress toward full weight bearing in a walking boot and physical therapy will be initiated. The physical therapy protocol tends to be very slow and conservative. Over time, The patient will eventually be weened from the walking boot to regular shoes with use of heel wedges (gradually bringing them into normal ankle ROM). Restoring ankle ROM, minimizing swelling, protecting the repair, and tissue healing are the first steps in the process. At first, ROM will typically be restricted by surgical protocol to allow for healing. Once significant healing has occurred (generally around 3-6 months) full ROM is encouraged and walking in a regular shoe may be tolerated.
Strengthening of the calf muscles can not be initiated until the repair has experienced significant healing to withstand load. This is going to be specific to patient, doctor, and the repair itself. Initial strengthening of the calf will typically start with isometric and low grade isotonic exercises (ie. theraband). As time passes, and healing takes place, a progressive closed chain strengthening routine is followed to slowly reintroduce body weight forces on the achilles tendon. It is not until significant healing and strengthening have occurred that running and sport specific movements (agility, jumping, etc.) can be reintroduced. Depending on everything, you are looking at approximately 6-9 months before running (and other controlled sport specific movements) can be safely reintroduced. Throughout the rehab process, the athlete will focus on kinetic chain, upper body and core strengthening to further ensure safe return to sport.
The achilles rupture is an injury that leads to a long road to recovery. It is one that can change the career trajectory of an athlete and can be a physical, mental, and emotional challenge. Fortunately, KD is faced with this obstacle earlier than most (at age 30). His age and athletic level should play in his favor. KD's rehab process will be integral to avoid the approximate 5% rerupture rate and to return to his previous level of greatness. Only time will tell, whether the injury that determined the fate of the Greek Warrior will have the same effect on the NBA career of the Golden State Warrior.
Check out this Sports Illustrated article to see how other NBA players have faired in their recovery from Achilles rupture.
In a fixed mindset, Dweck states that "people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort.” A person with a fixed mindset will tend to rely on external validation of their talent. This validation will confirm positive thoughts about their talents and abilities. Validation serves as motivation. Any absence of validation (or worse invalidation) serves as a threat to their talents and ability. Research has shown that individuals with a fixed mindset tend to avoid failure, be debilitated by failures, and will seek validation at all costs (including: lie, cheat, steal).
Dweck writes that “in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment." This is the individual who sees failure, obstacles, and challenges as an opportunity to learn/grow. They do not require the external validation of results, awards, and successes to fuel their egos because they love the journey, and the learning that comes along with it. They strive to always become a better version of themselves for the sake of becoming better, not because of recognition.
The growth mindset is the ideal. It is the foundation of what Tough Grit Performance is all about. To enjoy the ride of life and all of it's trials and tribulations. To take each obstacle thrown in your way, and use it as an opportunity to grow. To not rely on the feedback or praise of others, and to live the life you love... because you love it. To share this growth mindset with others and build strong healthy relationships. To use this mindset in all avenues of life. To recognize instances in which one may develop a fixed mindset, and incorporate the growth mindset instead. To own mistakes, no matter how painful it may feel. To gain knowledge from what went wrong, and strive to be better. When "something bad happens to you", to use it as a learning experience or an opportunity to improve yourself. To develop habits that encourage this growth mindset. Lift weights. Read books. Volunteer. Ask questions. Challenge your thoughts and opinions. Focus on your health and the health of others. Grow.
For more information on mindsets and how to develop the growth mindset, refer to Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Pull ups can be seen as a true test of one's upper body strength, endurance, and power. Lats, biceps, shoulders, rotator cuff, pecs, forearms, upper back, glutes, trunk, abs... it's a movement that requires input from a majority of the big players in the upper half of the body. There is no wonder why the pull up can be seen as one of the more difficult body weight exercises to perform. Throw in the facts that we traditionally do not hang from objects, sit long periods of time manipulating objects in front of us, and tend to not pull things down from over head...this movement can be extremely foreign (especially when the object you are pulling is a 150 lbs + of dead weight). So what are the first steps to overcome this vertical challenge? This month we will explore some exercises to get you on the path to pull up success. The first step is to learn how to hang.
Start by grabbing on to a pull up bar. Let yourself sink passively to perform a dead hang. Get a feel on how it is to hang vertically. Squeeze the bar hard to feel your grip and the muscles of your forearm engage. This will allow you to build grip endurance, that is required to perform a pull up. Once you are able to hold for 60 seconds, progress to an active hang.
The active hang involves locking down the shoulder blades. From the dead hang position, tighten your abs and glutes to create a stable base to anchor your lats from. Next, draw your shoulder blades down and back to create tension in your upper back, as well as your lats. Eventually, this will be the starting position of a pull up. Build this up to 60s.
The next installment, we will look at control of the pull up through the range of motion.
" The first step on the journey toward a calloused mind is stepping outside your comfort zone on a regular basis" - David Goggins
Over the last 2 years, I have been attempting to complete the 48 four thousand foot summits of New Hampshire's White Mountains. What has been interesting about this journey is that each mountain climbed has been it's own completely unique experience. Whether is has been due to an unexpected storm or trail condition, distinct features of the trail, difficulty of the terrain, people that I have met on the way, or even getting completely lost without enough supplies... after 34 peaks collected, the lessons that I have learned have been plentiful. Yesterday's "spring" hike of Mount Zealand was so impactful on me that it gave me great inspiration to write this post. It was by far the most dangerous hike I have participated in my life.
"Our biggest successes are born out of discomfort, uncertainty, and risk." - Gary John Bishop
Discomfort was felt in an unexpectedly cold May climate with snowy terrain that featured very unstable footing. This was a big surprise as it was a day of 70+ degrees of calm, sunny weather just 120 miles south in Boston. This made for very extreme trail conditions. For a majority of the hike, we had a very narrow path of "stable", icy ground that at times was more narrow than the width of your foot. On either side of this strip of safety, was fragile snow that could only be differentiated by the numerous postholes marked by previous hikers. This made it feel like we were tightroping up and down the mountain. Underneath the top layer of snow and ice, there was no guessing how far below the ground sat. The only way to find out was when a misstep was made and your body slammed into the pile of snow, which sometimes left half of your body suspended from a height above ground that still could not be determined. What made this even more challenging were the rivers that intersected the trail. The rivers bustled from the snow run off, and the very wet spring that we have had to date. In the river bed there were very few rocks that could be seen. The ones that were visible had surfaces that were questionable whether they would provide enough traction to keep us from falling into the frigid strong current. In certain cases, leaping across was the only option. This led to a nerve racking experience.
This hike was dangerous. The severe risk for injury was more than apparent. Some of the challenges to safety included: post holing into a depth of snow that could not be determined, falling on slick rocks and downed trees, weaving in/out/around/over/under newly overgrown trails while maintaining balance in tandem on previously mentioned tight rope, leaping across rivers and waterfalls, and impaling yourself on trees that had branches snapped off into spikes on their trunk. All of the things on this list, I experienced along the way. With each post hole (at least 92 times): a new abrasion bloodied my shin/ankle, my heart skipped a beat as my leg awkwardly free falled into the unknown depth, and my muscles worked to lift my body up in a pistol squat back to upright on the ice that supported my opposite foot. I face planted on slick rock as I leapt across the river, only saving myself from a brain injury with my swollen, battered hands. I sent a thorn of a broken brach into my palm as I tried to steady myself from slipping off of the path and down the cliffside. And I was whipped by tree limbs as I avoided falling and losing an eye at the same time.
There were multiple times when uncertainty was experienced. Frustration of falling turned into doubt. Early on, we discussed the possibility of turning around. The trail conditions did all it could do to discourage us to continue on our adventure. However, we were able to overcome this doubt by strength of mind. Realizing our strength and our capabilities, problem solving, strategically planning each path, and a relentless force of encouragement got us up and down that mountain, successfully and safely.
The mountain brought us many challenges that most likely would not have been present on a calm Summer version of the same hike. However, I would not have had it any other way. The sense of accomplishment as we approached the waterfalls, hit the cliffside with spectacular views, reached the sign indicating the highest point, and successfully returning to the trailhead can not be described in words. It truly was a big success. The hike, which was was 11.5 miles and featured 3,445 feet took us just under 10 hours to complete. We had originally thought that it would take us 6 hours. Regardless, I am proud to say that we won that battle, not only the challenges presented by the mountain, but those presented by our minds. The unexpected factors that made this journey so difficult, also made this experience more rich. This is why I do what I do. This was the lesson of the day.
"To achieve a new goal, it helps to have practice in achieving other unpleasant goals. This provides confidence that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to - to convince you that you have grit." Joe De Sena
Habits are integral in self development (professional and personal). The right habits can significantly benefit one's ability to accomplish their goals. The wrong habits can hinder that ability. In order to create a new habit, it is important to first define the anatomy of one. According to James Clear, the habit loop looks like this:
The cue: what triggers your brain to start the behavior.
The craving: the driving force behind the habit.
The response: the actual behavior.
The reward: the prize for the response and what helps us remember why we want to continue doing that habit.
As you can see, it is a cycle. The cue (hunger) leads to the craving (fulfilling that hunger) which leads to the response (eating a burger) which leads to the reward (no longer feeling hungry...enjoying a delicious burger...mmmm I want a burger now... with a fried egg on it, of course). The more positive the reward at the end, the more it will reinforce the behavior/response the next time that cue comes back.
What's challenging in behavior modification is that most good habits do not give you the positive results (that lead to an enhanced craving) right away. They can require more work than bad habits, and can have a more negative response at first. Good habits do not necessarily have the immediate gratification that triggers the dopamine release to make it stick. For example, someone trying to improve their diet will have to sacrifice more time, more energy, and that delicious burger (if they do not have the skills required to make said delicious burger) compared to someone who purchases a delicious burger from their favorite restaurant. They know that they enjoy the burger from the restaurant and that it requires less effort than it would to make something similar. Even if the person is trying to cut expenses or inches around their waistline, the convenience and instant gratification may be too strong to keep focused on their long term goals.
In Atomic Habits, James Clear provides many practical ways to increase your compliance to achieving your long term goals and to reinforce good habit creation. One way that has really stuck with me is to add a desired response that gives you the immediate gratification (that is needed to enhance craving) that is lacking from the habit loop. I think of it as gamifying my new habits. Even though this is creating a short term dependence on an external drive, it can bridge the gap until an internal drive is formed. I have done this as a way to eliminate bad habits (through penalties), as well as to encourage good habits (through reward). At the start of every month, I write down general monthly goals and attach 3 ways to succeed at each goal. For example, one of my goals is to reduce the amount that I spend on food. Instead of living off of Ramen and peanut butter, I have decided that the best way to do this is to curb the amount that I spend on eating out. In order to give myself that immediate gratification, I pay $5 to my savings account for every day that I prepare all of my food/beverages, subtract $5 for every day that I eat dinner out (since it is the most expensive meal), or do not making any change to my savings account for any other infractions (I.e. coffee out). At the end of each day, I place the date in the appropriate column according to the effect that it will have on my savings account (add, subtract, null). This gives me feedback of whether or not I have been compliant and gives me a daily bonus at the end of the day to see how much money I have "earned" toward my savings. What's nice about using my savings account vs. buying something for myself...It's still my money and I am rewarding myself for my behavior. It's almost like I am working for myself, on commission. Curbing food expenses is not the only area that I have used this for. Other habits I have tied this system to include:
Being more productive:
add $0.10 for every page read
subtract $1 for every day of > 1 hour of "non-social" TV watching
add $2 for every TGP related task completed (...yes I am paying my savings account $2 for this post)
Being a good roommate:
add $3 for cleaning the whole kitchen
add $3 for cleaning the living room
subtract $5 for any infraction (leaving laundry in the machine > 24 hours)
At the end of the month, it get's addicting to see how well I faired in my game (as I add all of my bonus money from the month into my savings). Last month, I put $328.30 into my savings account on top of my automatic payment. Not only does this reflect how much work I have put toward my goals and my habit creation, but I am certain that the actual savings were even higher than the amount put into my savings by just avoiding the pricey Boston restaurants (even though a delicious burger sounds really good right now).
Eventually, the external drive placed on the habit (money into the savings account) should matter less as some of the internal drive develops (the gratification of the habit itself). For example, if you reduce the amount you go out to eat, not only will your finances improve but so will your health, you will become more efficient at meal prep, and hopefully a better cook. Once, the habit is pretty strong, you can leave it be, remove the external drive, or level up and build off of the newly created habit.
To learn more about habits, I strongly recommend the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and Atomic Habits by James Clear. Some very strong resources for habit creation and elimination.
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”
― James Clear
Finding your why is a recommendation of many books, experts, mental health professionals, coaches, employers, leaders, etc. However, I believe, as well as many others, that you may not find your true why until you dig a little deeper. And this is where the exercise "7 Levels Deep" comes into play. I learned this exercise from an interview I heard with Dean Graziosi. By asking yourself a question about the previous answer 7 times, you truly are able to get into the core of what your true WHY is. Once you figure this out, you should use this WHY to come back to when faced with adversity, obstacles, or negative situations (even if it is to be a team member of the Avengers).
Below is my example for why I Spartan Race. (be advised that the deeper you go, the more emotional and vulnerable it gets). Especially when you are interviewed by someone.
Check out this site to perform a similar test on yourself. They use a different question system asking "why each level is important to you", which has a similar effect.
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."
Today, I was listening to a podcast during my daily work commute that introduced me to a great approach to negativity in life (see also: Boston traffic). This was the 5 minute rule. This rule was highlighted during the Becoming Superhuman Podcast's interview of Hal Elrod. First off, if you have not listened to this podcast before, Jonathan Levi does an excellent job of interviewing leaders, entrepreneurs, and other outstanding individuals who share their insight on habits and techniques to be as effective and efficient as possible in achieving your personal and professional goals(or to become an absolute BAMF in whatever you want).
The 5 minute rule works like this...
When something negative happens in your life, you allow yourself to feel all of your emotions about it....but you only allow yourself 5 minutes. Set a timer on your phone and get it out of your system. Let yourself be angry. Let yourself be sad. Vent to another person. Do what you need to do in that designated time. But after 5 minutes, if you can not change the situation....then move on. This will allow you to focus your mental energy on maintaining productivity and to approach the situation more proactively. You will be able to allocate your resources to making a change if necessary or to accommodate for anything that you may not have control of. Once finished, you can continue to be proactive in goal setting and accomplishing what needs to be done. This is an effective way to deal with the normal emotions one may have in a tough situation, but will prevent you from getting trapped in that downward spiral which feeds even more negativity and decreases productivity. Hal mentions that the time seems to go very quickly at first, and that you will feel like you need more time to spend on your emotions. However, the more you practice the rule, the quicker you will find yourself getting over negative situations and ready to take the necessary steps to move on. This will also reinforce positive thinking.
This is going to be a nice addition to the way that I approach obstacles and other negative life events. I love the idea of allowing yourself to be mindful of your emotions, but not letting them consume your day or your thoughts. I personally will be putting this into action immediately.
I suggest that you listen to the interview with Hal and how he has used this to overcome significant physical impairments following a devastating motor vehicle accident with a drunk driver. The odds were against him in ever walking again, but with this trick he was able to dedicate his mental energy toward what was necessary to get him back on his feet.
“You are always exactly where you are supposed to be, experiencing what you need to experience, to learn what you must learn, in order to become the person you need to be to create the life you truly want. Always.” - Hal Elrod
Rob is currently a Spartan Race Social Media Influencer and recipient of multiple Trifectas, annually. He also is an amateur powerlifter and hockey player.