Taking good care of YOU, means the people in your life will receive the best of you, rather than what’s left of you.

— Cari Bryan, Coach

Life operates at a much busier pace than past generations. Yet, no one stops to say, this doesn’t work for me. We are caught; hook, line and sinker in the notion that it’s not possible to slow it down and still complete all we deem must be accomplished. We’ve bought the lie; we accept the narrative that this pace is a commonplace, unchangeable part of our lives, a new normal.

Hopelessness continues to grow, reaching an all time high in our nation. Depression leads as the #1 disability in the world today. Depression, Anxiety and Stress are among our most common life challenges. The World Health Organization predicts that if we don’t do something to change how we support those in need, by 2020 depression will be the second leading cause of death.

Living your life with a full cup is like playing Russian roulette: One bullet, spinning the chamber again and again, taking the chance that the shot won’t end it all. Like Russian roulette, it only takes one drop to make the cup overflow.

We must consider how we will respond when that last drop hits our full cup. We don’t think about the fact that although many of us have an innate resilience, we all have a point of no return. Like blowing a balloon up beyond its breaking point, once we breathe one more breath than it can hold; the response of our balloon is out of our control.

It’s the same way with our cup, we may think we control the result, but that last drop may have a very different outcome than we realized that it would. And the longer we live with a full cup, the less resilient we tend to be.

So, be mindful of your cup and make sure that you take the time to empty it regularly. Slow down, make yourself a priority, exercise, good nutrition, connectedness, and having a way to debrief life’s joys and challenges are all good ways to start. Remember, the last drop will not overflow if it falls into an empty cup. Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life will receive that best of you, rather than what’s left of you!

 

 

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