JUST LET IT BE
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.