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Upset? Unhappy? Depressed? 'Bend With Life'

By Sandy Schroeder

You may stretch your muscles every day, but how often do you "bend with life"? 

According to Poppy Jamie, mental health expert from WellAndGood.com, bending with life means having the psychological ability to go with the flow.  

Instead of running and hiding from negative feelings, people who become psychologically flexible float right over their issues and find ways to keep going. 

When that happens, they may feel less anxious or depressed, and more likely to move ahead with their lives. 

If this sounds appealing, you may want to learn more about its benefits and put it into practice. 

What This Looks Like

Psychological flexibility is the ability to stay in the present no matter how disturbing it feels and deal with the situation at hand, adapting as it unfolds. 

We all know life can be fairly unpredictable and simply may not go the way we thought it would. If we can summon the resilience to roll with the punches, it could make a big difference. 

Instead of hiding out or numbing painful feelings with alcohol or drugs, this approach encourages you to accept whatever happens without judging it.  

How to Bend With Life 

Take these steps to bend with life. 

Connect with yourself every morning - Before you head into the day's tasks, make time for a short walk, meditation, "talk" with your cat, or session with your plants. Do whatever makes you feel relaxed and confident as you set a positive mood for the rest of the day. 

Be ready to be flexible with whatever happens - Don't jump to conclusions or assume the worst. Accept what you feel and use your thoughts to move ahead. 

Don't give up - When you are inflexible you might simply shut down. Instead, try to learn more and summon fresh energy. 

Avoid feeling insecure - When you are inflexible, you might feel like the world is against you. If you reconsider, you may see everyone out there has their own problems and they are not really trying to block you. Reach out with a smile or good words and see what happens. 

Don't give in to defeat - When you are inflexible, you may decide things will never improve, but if you look closer you may see little signs of positive change. Start building on those promising signs and look for more. 

When you first try to bend with life, you may want to see immediate improvements. Be patient and trust in yourself. Believe you have the tools to deal with whatever confronts you and enjoy that feeling of confidence as you gradually become stronger and stronger. Savor the change. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo

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