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TIP: Drop That Bag of Bricks!


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50 pounds of bricks

Imagine if someone gave you a bag filled with 50 pounds of bricks, and told you to carry it around all day.  How would you feel after five minutes of carrying the bag?  Ten minutes?  Two hours?  Twelve hours?  At first, you would probably be fine, perhaps walking a little slower than usual, but you'd be able to handle the load.  However, as the day carried on, your back would start to hurt, blisters would begin forming on your shoulders, and your legs would start to shake.  By the end of the day, you would most likely not be able to stand, completely paralyzed by the weight of the bag that you carry.  Imagine if you had to carry this bag for an entire week?  A month?  How about for a year?

Breaking under the load

Most people would not even consider carrying around a bag full of bricks for any amount of time.  Yet, how many of us carry around our problems, thinking about them hour after hour, day after day, year after year?  When we think about the issues in our lives constantly, we become paralyzed by anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.  The more we carry around our worries and concerns, the more our bodies and minds break under the load.  It's just like carrying around a bag full of bricks, only we carry it in our mind.  How do we fix this?  How do we take care of ourselves so that we are not carrying around our problems all the time?

The Solution

The solution is simple, and it's the same advice you would give someone struggling to carry a bag of bricks: Put the bag down.  How do you do this with your problems?  Every day, you simply take one hour to do something special for yourself.   Set a timer if you must!  Maybe this is one hour before you go to bed.  Or maybe it's in the morning.  The important thing is that you set aside time every day for yourself.  It's ok to stop doing chores, to put down homework, to not worry about this friendship or that relationship, and to just have fun.  Not only is it ok, it's necessary to remaining balanced.  For your own sake, make sure you remember to put the bag down every single day of your life!

There are so many things that you can do in an hour, but if you need more ideas, here is a list of 99 ways that you can care for yourself.

So today, PUT THE BAG DOWN for a while and allow yourself time to relax and just have fun!

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