Sit up straight, and Don’t Hold Your Breath!


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Do you ever hear those reminders ‘internally’?  Sit up straight.  Don’t slouch.  Chew your food.  Breath.  Relax.  It’s OK.  You’ve got this.

At church they have told us, so many times, you give out of your overflow.

So how do we ‘overflow’?

It comes from having enough on the inside.

Have you taken the time to invest in yourself so that you are full?  Are you fully full?

I used to take those reminders like, Sit up straight, as negative.  Now I’ve changed the tone of voice in my head so that I don’t sound like a nag.

Now I hear the nurturing words as reminders that sitting up straight makes me look thinner, and gives my spine alignment so that all my nerves are free to send the important messages they need to send out.  Sitting up straight gives all my internal organs room to function.  Slouching crowds my organs, and pinches nerve pathways impeding my health.

Chewing my food allows my body to absorb all the nutrients in the food so that I can perform at an optimum level physically.

Breathe!  Well, howdy that’s an important one.  When I was a child, I would hold my breath while concentrating on a task.  I passed out while practicing a difficult piano piece, and bonked my head good on the keyboard.  I passed out playing a tennis match I wanted to win.  I’ve passed out studying for tests.  Breathing is important, and I have to focus on the act of Breathing in 2, 3, 4 and letting it out slow 2, 3, 4, 5.  Automatic function, my butt.  My stubbornness and focus over-rides the automatic breathing, and the results are less than fun.

It’s OK, you’ve got this.  Do you encourage yourself?  When uncertainty or fear come up what plays in your head.  Are you your own cheerleader when the world is tearing at your confidence?

It’s OK, when things don’t go right.  Try again.  You’ve got this, because you take the time to learn the lesson.  I don’t quit till I win.  That’s one thing I decided 10 years ago, and there have been times when it’s taken quite a few attempts to achieve the goal, but I keep going.  The goals have to be very important.  I don’t put myself on the line this way for anything frivolous.

It’s taken me a very long time to stop beating myself up for not achieving immediately, not being the super star, not getting the job, not being able to provide for my family myself, having to ask for help, even just relying on my husband.  I’m not fully free from the self doubt and worry that comes from not getting where I’ve visualized myself to be, but I’m not as bad as I used to be.

Today, I’m taking a few minutes to celebrate where I am.  It’s not where I want to be yet, but I’m not where I used to be.  Progress is important in self care.  It’s a great day to just be thankful for where I am.

What do you do to be fully, full?  How do you encourage yourself?

3 thoughts on “Sit up straight, and Don’t Hold Your Breath!

  1. What a great post Wendy. Full of honest truths and realities that I can fully relate to. I’m not where I want to be either but so long as we constantly push ourselves forward we’re bound to get somehow good.

    By the way, as I read your words I had to consciously sit up straight and put my shoulders back and take some intentional deep breaths. Isn’t it amazing how we forget the simple things. Thanks for the reminders! 🙂

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