How to kill creativity…

Have you ever been in one of those situations where you meet someone you know but you can't remember their name?  And the harder you think and try and struggle, the further that person's name is from your mind?

But wait thirty minutes, the moment has passed and it comes to mind with no issue at all.

It's a universal experience…so know you're not alone.  And it's not just because you have a "poor memory" or foggy brain or some other ailment or defect.  

It's because of the stress of the moment.  Really.

As one of the Four Cornerstones of Epigenetics and a HUGE influencer of our health, I talk a lot about stress.  I do so because it can be hard to identify and, I can say from personal experience, it can be really hard to let go of.  

You and I live in a crazy world - anxiety, fear, expectations, expenses.  These and any other chronic thing that we ruminate on in our "quiet" moments are stressors.  Many of us have been taught or otherwise learned we need to identify and plan for the worst case scenario in every situation.  It's how we stay safe in this crazy world.  It's how we feel the most in control.

And the more we get lost in that cycle of anticipation and planning, we forget about what is really going on around us - life.  We lose track of who we are and who we want to be.  We forget about the people and activities that make us laugh and breathe and feel connected in this world.

We forget how to de-stress.

For many of us, the big stressor is the health, wellness or fitness issue we're dealing with at the moment.  And many of these situations can feel quite desperate and overwhelming because they hurt, literally and figuratively, and they threaten what we love and want.  Is there any greater stressor?

Greater stress requires more diligent de-stressing.  It is too easy to lose track of the importance of an hour off or an afternoon or weekend off because we are working so hard on something so very important. 

But just like not being able to remember the name of someone you know, when we stay in a stressed state of mind the answers and creative solutions aren't as easily accessible or discovered.

Whatever health concern you're struggling with right now, make it part of your healthcare routine to take some time off.  Walk away from the research and digging and the discussion groups to rest.  

Don't quit.  Don't give up on finding your answer, but know this is a marathon.  There are going to be good days and not so good days.  (Didn't Momma say there'd be days like that?) 

It's going to take time and wisdom and endurance.  But you're not alone.

Sixty-Second Self-Care Tip...

Walking away from a passion project like finding the answer to a health concern is hard.  But to keep that passion going, you need to regularly disengage and rest to keep your mind sharp as you look for answers.  

You know I've been talking about self-care here, right?  This blog is full of quick and easy self-care tips…but they're only quick and easy if they suit you and your likes/dislikes.  None of them do any good if you don't do them!

This may be one of the most important wellness activities you do…

Grab a sheet of paper and a pen and think of (and scribble down) all of the things you enjoyed doing as a younger person.  Maybe as a kid.  Maybe as a young adult.  Maybe as an individual two months younger than you are now!  

If you have a hard time with this one, call a friend or loved one and ask them what they remember you enjoying back when life was "simpler".  (You'll be amazed at what others remember about you!)

Spend some time exploring that list - or coming up with new things you already enjoy or want to try if the list is short - and identify one or two things you would like to incorporate into your routine over the next 2-3 weeks.  

The idea is that you are proactively including in your schedule time to unwind and rest.  Maybe it's the luxury of an afternoon nap.  Or going to see a movie.  Reading a book for an hour before bed.  Going for a walk or playing a favorite sport.  Going out for a favorite meal or a cup of tea or coffee.

There is only one "wrong" outcome from this exercise - not following through with it.  

Need some help figuring out how to step away from your big stressor right now?  Feel free to email me at melissa@melissaoverman.com for some ideas specific to your situation!

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epigenetics, resilience, self-care, stress


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