Sometimes you meet someone who says something that helps you in more ways than one. Like when a teacher from school told you how to solve a problem, or a grandparent who taught you about proper manners. As I get ready to celebrate my birthday, I’m fondly thinking of the lessons I have learned this past year as well as what I’ve learned over time.
This past year, my health has been well, but life still has stressful moments and challenges, and it is Juli’s advice that keeps ringing true during times of stress:
“It is what it is.” Juliana told me when I asked her why my health ended up a certain way.
You see, even though my health has improved, there are always things that come up and cause me stress in my life. And, those words, “It is what it is,” helps me to focus on the fact that I can’t change my circumstances or why things don’t turn out a certain way. All I can really do is to focus on how I respond to them or what I can do with my own actions.
How many of us experience stress while driving in traffic? How would knowing why it’s happening help us? All we can do about traffic is to be patient, and perhaps turn up the music or radio to focus on something to pass the extra time on the road.
Another thing that Juli has taught me is to pay attention to my mood. If I’m feeling angry, sad, or tired, those are like traffic lights I need to notice. If I ignore those signs too long, a source of stress could make me sick. Depending on the type of stress or causes, I can work out more, sleep more, or make sure I’m eating nourishing foods that do not put extra stress on the body. And, you know what happens when you take care of your body when it is showing you it’s stressed out? It starts to be able to handle the stress better.
While I cannot say that you won’t ever experience stress, I can say that if you take care of yourself as soon as possible, you’ll be able to handle it better. And, I’ve learned this the hard way, through experiences and Juli’s persistent reminders. No one likes being told to get more sleep or eat more vegetables, but the reason she gives us this advice is because it works.
Wishing you wellness,