Tonight, on the way home from work I was sitting in stopped traffic, wet from being caught in a downpour, and feeling hungry. I wasn’t super excited about my predicament until I noticed the bumper sticker on the car in front of me:
“Embrace the suck”
I wouldn’t normally give a bumper sticker much thought but tonight I was going nowhere fast and had the time. It made me crack up. What a great way to knock me out of a negative moment. Why fight it? It wasn’t going to help me get home quicker.
Having ups and downs is a normal part of life and needs to be recognized for what it is: a bump in the road that will pass. The quicker we can let the bump go the more chance we have to enjoy our life and focus on the positive.
Regular self-care is key to being balanced. If we are balanced and get thrown a curveball, we can more easily let it go and move forward from it.
“Embracing the suck” is a reminder to take life in stride. By not getting too caught up in the fact that I was hungry, wet, and sitting in traffic my trip home was more enjoyable. I listened to music and took a rare moment to sit and do nothing.
Take life in stride to decrease stress
Having a healthy perspective on life and life’s challenges will help you weather the intermittent storms with less chaos and angst. We can set ourselves up for an easier time letting things go if we regularly practice self-care.
Many times we get worked up about relatively minor inconveniences that aren’t worth wasting energy on. Are they fun? No, of course not. But are they worth getting upset over? Lots of times they aren’t.
I’m sure we all can all recognize times when we were reactive emotionally (sometimes overreactive) to a stressor or annoyance when sleep deprived, hungry, etc…
If you are feeling stuck in the negative, take a moment to survey yourself. Are you tired? Stressed? Is an unrelated issue bothering you and therefore the current situation seems worse than it is? Even if you can’t address or change the stressor at that moment, understanding where the emotions are coming from gives a better chance to let them go.
Don’t forget, there’s so much in life that we DO have control over.
- Take some time to reassess how well you are balancing your life.
- What more could you do to manage stresses and appreciate the positive?
- What are you grateful for? Don’t underestimate the power of this simple act.
The better balance you have, the easier it will be to “embrace the suck” that happens, let it go, and move forward to enjoy life.
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