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Jump on the Struggle Bus

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Dang, that’s a big bus, isn’t it? Struggles. We all have them. No one escapes the messiness of life. So let’s all just jump on the struggle bus. We can’t avoid it but we sure can learn to overcome it.

What do you struggle with? Your health? Weight? Not enough time in your day? Are you frustrated with someone or burned out in your job? We all have struggles that we have to deal with, some on a daily basis. Struggles are a part of life and we have to learn to overcome them. We have to keep going because it can be easy to get stuck in a struggle and just quit or give up. Are you living there? When you hit that mark, instead of exiting and quitting, learn to decompress and lean into it. But, don’t let your pipe burst. Learn how to decompress.

Decompress the stress.

How do you let go of stress? What can you do to revive your life? What will bring peace and calm back to your day? There are any number of ways that people let go of stress. Some people drink, eat, watch TV, or gamble. There are too many vices to list, but they are also not healthy and don’t solve the problem.

Everything in life is not easy. It’s not supposed to be. Acknowledge the messiness. Know that it doesn’t last forever and you do have some control over what is happening to you. Sometimes you have to lean into the mess and just learn how to decompress from the stress. I’m going to share what I’ve learned that helps me every time.

If you find yourself in a stressful situation. Take some deep breaths. Set yourself in a quiet space for about 10 minutes and regroup. Push all the negative talk out of your mind and just pray and ask God to give you some guidance. Then just listen to the silence. It’s calming and peaceful. Your mind will become clearer and you can then move forward and come up with a plan.

Action Steps

  • Start journaling about your day, every day. Begin by writing down all those things you are grateful for. Focus on those things.
  • Stay positive. Don’t grab on to a negative attitude.
  • Think about what you are struggling with. How are you going to tackle it?
  • Set some goals. Develop some new habits.
  • Know that you can work through it. Make a plan and follow through.
  • Be consistent and persistent.
  • Don’t get stuck in your struggle and don’t give up.
  • Recenter and focus on your goals daily.
  • Ask for help if you need it. Friends and family can offer support and accountability.
  • Know that you are stronger than you think. Stay strong.
  • Always ask God for help. You can give Him anything. He’s there 24/7.

It’s in our struggles where we are challenged to grow. They strengthen us to become the person God created us to be.

Don’t be afraid of the struggle. Be determined to overcome it. Overcoming struggles and stress is a discipline we can all learn. When you change your habits, you change your circumstances and you can change your life.

So jump on the struggle bus with a smile when it comes for you. You have the tools you need to overcome the struggles. I appreciate you. Thanks for following along. God bless.–Barb


Wife, mother, church secretary, seamstress, child of God.

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