How often have we ever heard the expression, “hindsight is 20/20”? What feels significant about it?
What might it be like if we acted now on something rather than wishing later on that we’d done it sooner?
If our older selves could travel back in time, what might they ask us to do differently?
What hopes and dreams do we have for our older selves? How might these desires impact us today?
How would our future selves like to feel? What’s important about that? What might we be able to do now to make sure that happens?
If we could know now what might help us have more continued success, how might we choose the path we desire to accomplish this?
How might it feel to discover that the results we can attain may be more surprising than we could’ve imagined? What might we do differently to evaluate our next steps?
There are various programs, systems, and options available to choose from without knowing which will provide the triumph we’re looking for. We’re all different; therefore, everyone’s results to the same process are most likely going to be different.
There are some amazing tools available that can provide us specific info about ourselves that can aid us in achieving potentially better results.
So, why wait until we’re older to ask ourselves if we could’ve done something differently?
What might be something we can do now to create a healthy foundation for our future? How might this benefit us in the present?
Healthy aging can start with stress reduction. Stress can be infectious to our immune systems. We may be unaware of how stress can affect the body and mind. Stress is bad for the heart, can give us headaches, or possibly make us feel depressed if it exists over long periods. Some stress is also necessary to balance the way our bodies are meant to function in protective ways.
“Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure, and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose, and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues” (mayoclinic.org, March 19, 2019).
Some of these stress reactions are required to assist the body’s ability to operate properly and repair itself as it was designed to do. We can’t always eliminate the things that cause us tension; however, building our resilience to anxiety is a vital key to living a healthier and happier existence.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says, “It is how people respond to stress that determines whether they will profit from misfortune or be miserable” (https://www.newportacademy.com/resources/mental-health/distress-vs-stress/,2021).
So, what can we do to get some relief from our worries?
Some examples that may calm the mind and body are:
- Journaling is something many find helpful. Write down our feelings, emotions, thoughts, and so on.
- Schedule something enjoyable for ourselves. Maybe a nice hot, bubble bath, add some candles around the tub, soak, and relax.
- Take a walk through the neighborhood.
What’s ideal for each of us may vary so experimenting with a variety of ideas to find what works best is a great place to start.
Our older self will thank us later for taking care of ourselves now to maintain a healthier self as we age.
As time passes, we continuously have another day to consider what we could’ve done or we can celebrate ourselves by choosing things that keep our minds and bodies feeling their best.
What’s one thing we can do for ourselves today to minimize daily concerns, feel energized and healthy?
It’s “ME” Monday® so today is the perfect day to choose to do something resilient for ourselves!
By implementing a “ME” Monday® routine today, we can improve our overall R.O.I. to have a great today and determine the tomorrow we deserve!