It’s true that in some situations we might not have that many choices, but in others we have a choice about how we spend our time and energy. Be very careful that you don’t act “choice-less” or create a situation in your mind where you feel “stuck” when that’s not the reality.
If you regularly say “well, I can’t do that now because I have to do this other thing,” you’ll want to read on.
- If you want to feel less stressed (and don’t we all), regularly remind yourself that you have choices.
- Rephrase your self-talk and your words to reflect the fact that you most likely have a choice about what you do, when you do it and how you do it. Try saying statements like “I would love to lift for another hour, but I have chosen to coach a class instead.”
The less confined you feel, the less stressed you’ll feel. You choose how you view a situation, make sure you’re not making it worse by pretending you don’t have any options.