tie_me_up_pleaseBeing too tied up: it’s a problem we all face. I have been so immersed in stressful situations that, without realizing it, they begin to affect me, day to day. It is as though we extend our hands and slowly get wrapped up and tied in knots, and we do not realize it until those ties become so tight they cause discomfort and sickness in the body.

We get tied up in drama, bad habits, and negative thoughts. We grow accustomed to the weight of the knots, so we add more knots. This cycle does not end until we see the real effects of those knots, when we finally make the conscious realization that we need to get untangled.  By this time, so many aspects of our lives have suffered because we have gotten so tied up in things we have no control over.

However, we do have control over how we allow those stressors to affect us. All those knots keep us “dressed and stressed.” We cannot be real with ourselves until we get untangled from those knots. The more knots we have, the more stress we accumulate, which in turn brings on all sorts of complications. The process of getting untangled is never an easy one because it requires conscious effort.  We have to stop and assess what is worth giving and directing our attention and energy to, and what is not. We have to retrain the way we react to the situations life throws our way. The first step, instead of being reactive, is to be proactive.

Often, a situation that can be hurtful will leave us stressed and depressed, and many find solutions in food and television. I hear the term “Netflix and veg” thrown around a lot. Instead of watching TV and sitting around for a couple of hours, how about some Netflix and gym? This is what is referred to as multi-tasking at its finest. Step up to a treadmill with your iPad or phone, and before you know it, you’ll be drenched in sweat, with a satisfying cardio session behind you.

Even just thirty minutes spent on the treadmill instead of the couch is a much healthier alternative. So next time, instead of hitting the bar, lift one, and get yourself a green juice or a smoothie instead of a double cheeseburger. It’s not easy; all of these actions require your singlehanded effort.

Instead of caving in to a rather taunting negative thought, remind yourself that you are worth a lot! You are worth taking care of yourself. You are beautiful, inside and out. No one can make you feel these things but you. It has to start with you. Having a good support network is great, but it means nothing if you do not value yourself first. How can anyone else appreciate you, if you don’t appreciate yourself? So instead of sitting around all tied up, loosen the knots, value yourself, and see how light you feel. From my heart to yours, Namaste.

We cannot be real with ourselves until we get untangled from those knots. The more knots we have, the more stress we accumulate, which in turn brings on all sorts of complications.

Sylvia Morales

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