Are You Stretched to the Limit?
Maybe. Have we reached our limit? No.
Are you tired of quarantine? Are you beyond tired? We are stretched for sure.
Let’s take a look at why we feel like we are stretched to our limits and what we can do about it.
High emotions stretch us
There’s already enough stress right now: Unemployment is skyrocketing, hospitals are on overflow (or preparing for the possibility), many people are struggling to meet basic needs, and no one knows when or how this will all end. In a time of such anxiety and uncertainty, of course, we cling to these weight-centric obsessions ― they’re familiar, which right now makes them feel almost comforting.
Uncertainty stretches us
Uncertainty carries its own struggle. Not knowing what’s coming heightens our stress and alarms our nervous system.
Michel Dugas, a professor of psychology at the University of Quebec, compares extreme intolerance of uncertainty to an allergic reaction. “If you’re allergic to nuts, and you have a piece of birthday cake that has a drop of almonds in it, you have a violent physical reaction to it,” he says. “A small amount of a substance that’s not harmful to most people provokes a violent reaction in you. It’s like a psychological allergy.”
Interesting-it’s like a “psychological allergy.” Many of us are having a reaction. Are we in shock? The shock resembles being pulled in several directions-stretched beyond our limits.
Conflicting information stretches us
The news is conflicting. Corona reports are conflicting. Everyone is trying to please everyone. The political rhetoric is obvious. The Democrats and Republicans are not in unity.
The News Media and Fox are not in unity. But they all tell us to unite. That is stretching.
Let’s stretch out. Yes, it’s the seventh inning of your favorite MLB game. The game is tied, and we are not sure who will win.
That is a good tension. Remember good tension?
A tied score in the late innings makes a great game.
We do not know when we will win the coronavirus challenge. But we will. The stretch is vital.
It’s the seventh inning stretch.
- Take a walk
- Eat healthily
- Commit to win
- Control your thoughts
Here is a bonus tip from Christine Bradstreet:
While you’re at it, turn down your own annoying meter. Examine your actions and behavior. Err on the side of being gentle, and flexible. You don’t have to utter every thought that pops into your head. You don’t have to control and direct every action. You don’t have to offer every opinion. You don’t have to correct everything that you think is wrong.
Stretching has benefits
It increases your range of motion. We need this. Stretch yourself into new motions. Move around more. Get off the couch. Motion is lotion.
Stretching reduces stress.
Stretch your trust muscle.
Stretch your hope muscle.
Trust God with your outcomes, security, and future.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV)
We can do more than we think.
We are strong and reseilient.
Allow this season to stretch you.
We only have three innings to go and we win the game!
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