Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Financial crises, election overload, and consumer meltdown -  it has been a fretful fall.   This past week I received e-mails and news from several people about layoffs and job loss.  My 401K statement came in and, after a quick glance, I rapidly filed it with the thought of “Out of sight, out of mind.”

Clearly, that plan did not work.

Last week’s headline, “U.S. Stocks  - Wall Street Tumbles on Slowdown Anxiety,” is a simple reflection of what many of us feel: Slow, down and anxious.

The annual hectic holiday hustle from Thanksgiving until New Years day is about to begin.  If you feel like your world is occasionally on overload and is overwhelming, don’t feel alone – you can rest assured that I am right there with you.  Possibly, like me, you are evaluating calendars and schedules, trying to determine ways to maintain your sanity during the upcoming marathon to New Year’s.

While we often look for something shiny and new to solve our problems, we need to remember that the tried and true often work best.  Years ago, I went to a physical fitness coach.  He was serious about teaching us proper form and how to vary the intensity of training.  Instead of talking about “”working out,” he referred to “training,” which in his mind meant a lifelong regimen.  He was able to teach and motivate me.  I was in the best shape of my life.

I can remember him saying, “Get on the muscle – everyone is afraid of using muscle because it hurts.”  He would encourage us to use our muscles (and not our joints) and increase our repetitions.  His view was that people often feel depressed or distressed because they are not using their bodies properly.  “Get on those glutes, get on those quads and you’ll feel better,” was one of his lines.  Well, it seems that he might have had a valid point.  

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.