Nip It In The Bud


I will be starting a 3,000 mile drive tomorrow. Every week I think about what I'm going to write to you and this week I kept hearing the phrase Nip it in the bud. I couldn't figure out why I was "hearing" it until I realized I was starting to spiral out a little about my trip. All sorts of "details" started crowding into my mind, elbowing each other to get to the front ... how am I going to fit everything in my car ... how much is gas going to cost ... is there really going to be a super early cold snap and snow storm in the middle of the country on my route ... what should I put in the overnight bag I'll use for each of my 7 or 8 stops along the way ... I was starting to spin until I decided to nip it in the bud. I could turn into a basket case, however I'm not sure how that would benefit anyone -- duh. The secret to dealing with crazy thoughts is to recognize them and stop them before they get out of control

The same can be said about our physical health. If you feel like you're getting sick, maybe something as simple as a cold, the best thing you can do is address it. Maybe take some vitamin C, get extra rest, increase your fluids, help your body relax and heal itself. Sometimes we can get caught up in worry about


whether or not we have more than a cold, maybe the flu, or COVID, or pneumonia. We stress ourselves out with our thoughts and we get in the way of our system's attempt at getting back to homeostasis -- that is the condition of optimal functioning and it's the state our body is constantly striving to maintain. The solution is to nip it in the bud. Calm our thoughts, get centered, and attend to our physical needs. Most of all, be care-full.


I'll be posting on Instagram and Facebook as I journey from one coast to the other. You can check in with me there. I'll also be opening up some new spots for coaching in the beginning of November. Send me an email if you need support in getting or staying healthy. We can make it fun!


Happy Healthy Habit Hump Day,


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

the Mindful Maven, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support. 

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