Recently I drove in a rental green (green as fresh grass!) convertible JEEP with my 13 year old and one of her friends. We ventured out to visit some family in our “bubble” on a beautiful day.
We loved this JEEP! It made driving fun!. Until a VERY stressful event occurred; all of a sudden after we drove on the highway for about 10 minutes, we heard a loud “click” “click”. I looked up and the top on the passenger side unfastened!
My hearted pounded — my thoughts raced – I saw in my mind the top blowing off and causing cars to crash behind me and our JEEP spinning out of control. When I looked in the rear view mirror — two very worried 13 year old girls stared back at me.
Then, I remembered all I practice and teach. Breathe. It took two words “My Yoga” to snap me into a calm state so I could think clearly and bravely to resolve and fix this scary situation. (My yoga to me is more about creating calm, kindness and peace within us then about headstands or any other
poses). I moved into the right lane, slowed down, grabbed and held the clamp on the JEEP’s top (having grip strength helped!) and took many LSD (light, slow and deep breaths) so that I could drive to the nearest exit, pull over in a safe place, and fix the top.
Many years ago –prior to doing the work I do to relieve stress — I would’ve really freaked out and who knows what would have happened. I don’t like to think about that.
Thankfully, my breath work and ability to observe my thoughts made space for me to react in a way that I could resolve this issue. No top flew off. No crash on the highway. Everything was more than OK; our day continued on with sun shinning and us feeling empowered and strong by overcoming a stressful situation — calm, cool, and collect!
Do you want more calm during the storms of your life? Let’s face it — life throws us curve balls every day — big ones and small ones that we either catch with grace and peace or they knock us out with fear, doubt and anger. And, most of the time it’s the unwanted stress from out of our control events that cause dis-ease in our body. But, it doesn’t have to be this way.
SAVE THE DATE and join me on Wednesday, April 21 — 12pm-1pmCST where I will present remotely to the Women’s Club of Wilmette “Spring Into YOU; 5 Steps to Decrease Stress, Create Your Optimal Weight and Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Illnesses”. Reply here and I’ll send you a link to this free ZOOM presentation. (You do not need to be a member to come — you just need ZOOM).
This interactive and FUN talk will leave you with action steps that you can do right away to bring more peace and calm and into your life. And, who wants FREE CLEAN self care products? At the event you might win some!
This is an important talk for your health and well being. I hope you can make it and start using these easy steps. After all — what we all really want in life for ourselves and loved ones is to feel healthy, empowered and strong– even when the storms of life crash down on us.
Can’t make the ZOOM – contact me here and let’s set up a virtual coffee and chat so you can get these important tips to reduce stress.
Our green JEEP provided more fun for us the rest of the day (top secured and stayed on — thankfully). And with my shift to calm — those 13 year old worried faces started singing and laughing again.
To our health & beauty,
Mind + Body Fitness & Health Coach
Helping women reduce their risks of chronic illnesses & feel great
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