Small Steps = Big Results

It’s a New Year!  It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions!  Many people start January full of good intentions.  They are really going to make some BIG changes in their lives!  They are excited, enthusiastic and then by the second or third week, these BIG changes have been kicked aside and they are back to their old ways.  If you don’t believe me, ask any gym owner what January is like at their gym!

Don’t get me wrong, there are some people who are very good at making BIG changes.  For example, they wake up one day and decide to quit smoking.  From that day forward, they never smoke another cigarette again.

For most of us, BIG changes can be too BIG for us to successfully sustain over the long haul.  We may be able to initially make the change and then, life throws us a curveball and we revert back to what is comfortable.

Often BIG changes feel way too BIG for us.  We start feeling overwhelmed just thinking about what’s involved or even how to start.

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Your to-do list feels miles long.  The holidays are right around the corner.  There is unrest in the world.  These are just a few things contributing to your stress.  Have you noticed when you’re faced with a big deadline or a challenging conversation or some other situation that causes you stress, your body has a physical reaction, too?  Your body actually interprets stress as you being in danger and it automatically goes into “fight or flight mode”.

Here are some ways your body is immediately affected by stress, according to the WebMD website (http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-management-effects-of-stress):

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