Good Health Choices - - News - Nicky Dewe, Ed­i­tor

I know I don’t have to tell you guys how im­por­tant ex­er­cise is for your body but did you know that your emo­tions need a good work­out some­times too? As a cul­ture we of­ten pride our­selves on be­ing strong and stoic, not let­ting stuff get to us and if it does, cer­tainly not let­ting any­one else know about it. It’s easy to think that be­ing tough means be­ing in con­trol of your feel­ings at all times. But the truth is that we don’t al­ways get to de­cide how we feel about sit­u­a­tions – some­times the mildest thing can make us mis­er­able, if it re­minds us of a past sad­ness or taps into a per­sonal in­se­cu­rity. What we can choose is what to do about it. And, as I dis­cov­ered when read­ing writer Sarah Mari­nos’ story on page 122, some­times the best thing to do is… noth­ing. That’s right, sweet FA. Be­cause ex­er­cis­ing our emo­tions doesn’t mean im­me­di­ately hurl­ing our­selves to the floor, or punch­ing the wall in anger. It’s about ac­knowl­edg­ing that some­times we feel bad and that’s okay, and if we can let that be, and ac­cept that re­al­ity, then we’re able to re­turn to a more sta­ble state – or

‘base­line’ as the ex­perts call it – more eas­ily. Just as we want our bod­ies to be flex­i­ble rather than rigid, we’re in a bet­ter place when we can let our emo­tions do the same. So this is some­thing I’m plan­ning on work­ing to­wards as my next health goal. And speak­ing of goals, with 2018 rolling to­wards a close, the team here wanted to share with you the im­prove­ments we’ve made to our own health and well­be­ing over the past 12 months (page 24). Check it out and see if there’s any­thing that might work for you too. With the new year in sight, now is a great time to think back on what’s made you happy, ac­cept what’s made you sad and look ahead to the fu­ture.

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