Do you ever feel like everything is going smoothly, you’re living your best life, you’ve got all of your goals lined up and you’re just blowing them out of the water- everything’s going just the way you want them to, when SUDDENLY, and for no apparent reason, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ABOUT TO FALL APART?!! Morale plummets, you start getting hot flashes, thoughts get out of control or perhaps you’re unable to even formulate thoughts because of your sudden debilitative state. Out of what seems absolutely nowhere there’s panic, trepidation, confusion and perhaps even anger taking up your headspace. Then, while trying desperately to take stock in all the things going well for you, you realize that there’s nothing to be melting down about?!! For me, this absolutely just adds fuel to the fire- like “there’s NO REASON for this sudden depression in my mood! WTF!!?”! If there’s no “reason”, then how can I even begin to “fix” it? That’s when hopelessness kicks in, which of course compounds the meltdown, and the spiral downward becomes quicker and quicker, deeper & deeper..
If this ever happens to you, FIRST BREATHE! Take some bigass deep breaths- If ever in doubt, breathe it out! Then, after your breath has helped to calm you, even just a little, use this moment to think some simple thoughts. The first one for me is always “how’s my blood sugar level”? Am I just undernourished, calorie deficient, and having a blood sugar crash?? Sometimes stopping your meltdown is just as easy as feeding yourself. So do yourself a favor & always have some quick snacks available for you to grab without much effort.
Once fed, if you’re still in meltdown mode, take a personal inventory & tick the boxes, write it down. I’ve found writing things down always helps pretty much any situation happening in my brain. Put it in front of you so that you can see it, interact with it, make it tangible and put it out there into the universe:
-Are you actually well fed & fueled up?
-Have you had enough sleep?
-Are you hydrated and drinking water?
-Have you recently stopped taking supplements or medication?
-Have you recently begun taking new supplements of medication?
We can’t control many things that life will throw our way, but we can always control how we choose to respond. This includes SUDDEN MELTDOWNS!Being able to respond with optimism in your mind and gratitude in your heart is always the optimal choice. However, doing so can be difficult, and even feel impossible if we haven’t taken care of our base needs.
Remove your barriers! Eliminate your excuses! Get out of your own way and give yourself a hand instead! SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS & get busy living, or you’re just getting busy dying. Remember what I mentioned earlier- we can’t control many things life throws our way, but we can choose how to respond. And it’s always a million times easier to respond to life’s challenges if we’ve taken care of our base needs. It’s the first place to start, and luckily, sometimes, it’s all we need. Let’s kill it at life you guys! We’ve got this!!
Check out my current Quick Fuel-ups which I generally always have available. They’ve warded off a few potential full meltdowns, and I imagine they will in the future too: Eats! & Drinks! & More Drinks!
Now go have the best FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!!! And, as always, Happy New Weeks Day!
<3 Your Swedish Dave