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  1. a cessation of movement or operation.
    2. (of an event, action, or process) come to an end; cease to happen.
    I was recently in Puerto Rico and feeling a little lost not knowing one Spanish word. Growing up it was either take French or Spanish in my high school. Of course you can guess which one I chose. (French). I have been in a few Spanish speaking countries lately and one of the frustrating things is not knowing one ounce of the native language.(totally my fault)
    Luckily the sign had a familiar shape to it and the PARE sign in Puerto Rico I knew what that meant! I finally after driving on the roadway and seeing so many signs in Spanish I could recognize something familiar to me. It was kind of comforting.

    This really parallels my life lately, making changes, exploring , opening Journey of You, The Joy Foundation of NC. I have been rediscovering new found interests through curiosity. Trying to keep in my child- like state of discovering, trying things out with curiosity and wonder.

    Buttttttttt......I have also been at a cross roads, or a standstill. Ever get there and just hang for awhile? Kind of a deer in the headlights place? You are not sure where to go what to do next?

    Everyone gets into a stop or standstill at times. It's what you decided to do or not do that may get you moving again.

    Here are a few tips for getting you unstuck and moving again.

    1) Gratitude- take time to STOP (PARE) and journal about the things you are grateful for, it may sound silly but try it out and see how you feel after a few consistent days of writing down things you are thankful for.

    2) Switch things up a bit- ever get in a rut? We've all been there. I have been dreading the same old workout with weights, so I decided to switch it up a bit and really listen to what my body needed and wanted. I've been pushing hard with weights, my hip flexors are sore and I decided I just needed to go for a walk. Walking lowers stress hormones, get out into nature, go to a local park, crank some tunes on your iPhone and walk!

    3) Get more sleep- sometimes we lose sleep by being anxious--- go to bed an hour earlier. Start off with turning off electronics at least 2 hours before bedtime (iPhones, iPads, tv, computer). Take a bath, read, put lavender on your pillow, drink sleepy time tea. Start a bedtime routine to ease yourself into sleep.

    4)Talk to a friend , counselor or minister- if you are really stuck maybe it's time to get some help. There is nothing wrong with going to a counselor or minister to get another perspective to help you out of the rut. Life happens and sometimes in order to get "unstuck" you need a little help from a friend, counselor or minister.


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