Are You Drinking the Poison Called Anger? (2) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Are You Drinking the Poison Called Anger? (2) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Last week we learned that “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” So many people really believe this statement is true, that’s sad, this week we will look at the causes of anger. I’ll give you some tips on dealing with your anger and how to manage it.

What are the common causes of anger? Fear, whether real or imagined can be crippling. Fear can be a contributor for some people dealing with their anger. When someone becomes focused on fear, they lose all perspectives on reality and how to deal with everyday problems. Fear can cripple rational thinking people. They become obsessed with fear and not the solution to fixing their problems.

When you hold on to anger it will only destroy you.

Pain is another reason for anger. Pain can create its own set of problems; there is physical pain and emotional pain. I had a friend injured in a car wreck, by a hit and run driver. This wreck was severe enough to cause serious injury and he many needed surgeries. His anger was directed at the careless driver and the results of his injuries. I don’t want to go into all his surgery details, but he had several neck surgeries, hip, and low back surgeries. He was angry and for very good reasons; they caught the driver, he was arrested, jailed the following day, after three years of seeing doctors, having dozens of surgeries, going to physical therapy sessions there was light at the end of the tunnel. His day in court finally arrived, he went to court with his lawyer expecting the legal system to deal with this careless individual sternly. He thought that “I have been in so much pain, and his life was put on hold since day one of the wreck, he was going to get some payback. I suggested that he get in control of his anger and start using my tips to help him manage his anger in court.

Here are other ways you can stop feeling angry. They do work if you try them.

  • I tell my clients to go for a walk, get moving, using the walk time to cool down and think about your next steps.
  • I like listening to quiet music, nothing with a heavy beat or music that encourages violence. Listen to relaxing music.
  • I will have my clients write in their journal, what they are feeling and how to deal with the problem next time, action steps I call them. What do I do the next time I get angry!
  • If what someone said to you is truthful and it makes you angry, then make the changes you know that needs to happen. Don’t sit on the anger and wish it goes away, do something about it. Do some self-improvements in your life. Some of the criticism we get can be a motivating factor to make changes that we have avoided in the past.
  • Don’t sit around and stew over being angry; it’s not worth the energy.
  • Have that one go-to person who can talk you down and get you calm. I call this person my accountability partner.

He and his lawyer went to court and waited for their case to be heard as they sat in the courtroom, waiting, the opposing counsel asked to talk to my friend’s lawyer. He waited for several minutes wondering what was going on behind closed doors with his lawyer and the other lawyer, finally his lawyer came out and then spoke to my friend, he said that the other side wanted to settle. My friend’s anger burned inside him, he wanted to have his say in what this hit and run driver did to him physically, and emotionally and how his life was dramatically changed as a result of this wreck. His lawyer advised that they settle and the reasons why. He seethed with anger for months; his whole family was dealing with his out of control fits of anger. He was constantly yelling, screaming, cursing; no holds barred outbursts of anger! What was his family to do with his anger outbursts?

Next week, I will talk about emotional pain and how to move on from it.

Do you feel frustrated about your anger issues in the relationship? Do you need help in saving your marriage and family from your anger problems? Do you have a spouse or partner who isn’t communicating with you and you want it restored? Do you want help in learning good communication skills, so you understand and how to avoid the anger that controls you? Are you the partner who wants to end your relationship because of his/her anger? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878 if you need to talk.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous, and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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Are You Drinking the Poison Called Anger? (1) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Are You Drinking the Poison Called Anger? (1) By Dr. Michael Brooks

I received a call from a client several years ago who was at her wit’s end. She was swearing, yelling, and was crying hysterically over the phone. I waited for her to calm down to see what was going on. After a short while, she started sharing her story. Her husband of eight years was having an affair on her. She was devastated when she heard the news from the town gossip. “What am I going to do?” she asked me? I said the first thing you need to do is talk with your husband and ask him what’s going on. I am so angry she said, that it will become a shouting match. I couldn’t blame her for being angry. Can you have one of your parents there when you talk to him? She thought that was a good idea considering how she felt. Anger has a way of getting ugly real fast in bad situations.

Anger is a poison if not dealt with in the early stages, recognize the damage it can do!

I understand when people get upset or angry, they say things that they will regret; we’ve all been there. Certain situations seem to create the perfect storm for unleashing uncontrollable anger. Many murders have resulted by people having deep-seated anger issues. I’ve seen people come unhinged over the slightest irritation, that drove them into full anger mode. Have you had anyone ask you, why are you so angry? If you have, you better start looking at getting some help. Getting angry now and then happens, I get that! But when you let anger control YOU, and allow it to dominate your life, then you have a much bigger problem to deal with.

I have heard many sayings about anger; my favorite one is this:

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

There is a lot of truth to this saying, why hold on to a feeling that eventually robs you of your joy, happiness, peace, and contentment. I have seen many allow the cancer of anger to destroy their families, friendships, jobs, and steal their peace. Are you one of these people who need help?

Do you feel frustrated about your anger issues in the relationship? Do you need help in saving your marriage and family from your anger problems? Do you have a spouse or partner who isn’t communicating with you and you want it restored? Do you want help in learning good communication skills, so you understand and how to avoid the anger that controls you? Are you the partner who wants to end your relationship because of his/her anger? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878 if you need to talk.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous, and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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Seasons of Darkness (3) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Seasons of Darkness (3) By Dr. Michael Brooks

This week, we will conclude this weeks series article on “Seasons of Darkness.” I hope this series has helped those of you are dealing with everyday struggles of darkness in your lives. If you need to talk, please give me a call and let’s see what we can do to help you through your difficult times. I’m here to help!

I had a friend who went through an unwanted divorce, he fought it, begged for a second chance and said he would make all the necessary changes to save his marriage. He promised he’d be a new man. Well, that didn’t go well for him. She filed and got her divorce. He went into a season of darkness for several months. He was a pathetic and broken man. I spoke with him and asked him these questions, and maybe you can relate. I asked him if he still wanted to try to get back with his wife, and he responded, “More than ever.” Do you think living in a pity party will help you in any way get back with her, again? He said, “No.” Do you want to start changing the thought patterns that you’ve been stuck in? Do you want to be proactive in positive planning and get help in putting your plan together? Of course, I do, he said.

We sat down, and I went into what steps he needed to do to be reconciled with his wife. He had to get counseling or coaching to work on the things that he felt he owned in the marriage problems, thus causing her to want a divorce. I told him that this wasn’t a guarantee that she would even consider giving him a second chance, even if he made all the changes she wanted before the divorce. He still had to work on himself and make changes in his behaviors towards his ex-wife and kids. He knew he had to do that! His whole attitude changed when he realized the ball was in his court, he became more positive, and he started to come out of his funk. He was taking control of his life again; that was something he knew he gave up while he was in his seasons of darkness.

We all go through these times; it’s just a matter on how we deal with these tough times. Some people just hunker down and do nothing, while others become angry and forget that they do have options and fail to realize that! Trust me, you do have options to move out of the seasons of darkness. Here are some of my tips to help you put those dark clouds behind you;

  • Look at and identify the reasons you’re in a season of darkness.
  • What caused you to to feel this way
  • Have you forgiven the person or persons who made you feel the way you do?
  • Do you need help in getting on with your life and don’t know how?
  • Is your darkness brought on by a bad relationship? If it is, get that person out of your life. Not every relationship is supposed to work. Realize that!
  • Put together a plan with a counselor or coach, and work the plan. Have an accountability partner you can talk to.

In closing, these are just a few suggestions, I’d like you to try, they do work. Try them, you’ll see that looking at your future will give you the hope that you need and want, try to not focus on your failures. Looking back gets you nothing but troubles. Living in the present is a constant reminder of the darkness that you live in.

Do you feel frustrated about living in your seasons of darkness and need help in identifying what they are and the causes? Do you have a spouse or partner who isn’t communicating their seasons of darkness with you? Do you want help in learning good coping skills during your seasons of darkness? Are you needing help in moving on with your life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878 if you need to talk.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous, and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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Seasons of Darkness (2) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Seasons of Darkness (2) By Dr. Michael Brooks

This week, let’s continue this article on “Seasons of Darkness.” Big let downs in our life can be a major factor in creating the seasons of darkness. Relationships can certainly put you in a dark hole. Marriage problems that go unresolved definitely can be a contributor to hopelessness and dark days. Illness can be another factor as well. No matter what the reasons for your seasons of darkness, let’s look at some of the ways you can get out of the doldrums of darkness and despair.

There’s always a way out of the darkness, look for the positives life offers you!

Recognizing that you’re struggling with some sort of problem, and identify it, is the first step. If your marriage is failing, then figure out what needs to be done to restore it and have an action plan to make it happen. Sitting and doing nothing about your bad marriage or bad relationship will not fix the problem; it will only get worse if you do nothing. Action plans will help you to get out of your seasons of darkness. You moving forward with your plan will help you see more clearly on what your next steps should be. Plan carefully, don’t rush ahead of the plan. When you do that more often than not, you’ll make some big mistakes.

Don’t seek advice from people who live in penthouses, but seek advice from people who have been in the very trenches you’re in. What I mean by this statement, People who live in  penthouses (that’s a figure of speech) are those who have perfect lives and do not understand what you’re going through. Yes, they are willing to offer you advice, yet have no real experience in dealing with the emotional struggles that are causing you your “Seasons of Darkness.” They make assumptions with out real solutions.

The people who have struggled in the past with living in the seasons of darkness can quantify and be empathetic with the pain you’re experiencing. These kind of people can help you through the minefields of your emotions.

Next week, I want to continue this article on dealing with the seasons of darkness in your life. Plus, I’ll give you some tips on how to deal with the “Seasons of Darkness.”

Do you feel frustrated about your failing marriage or relationship? Do you need help in saving your marriage and family from divorce? Do you have a spouse or partner who isn’t communicating with you and you want it restored? Do you want help in learning good communication skills? Are you the partner who wants to end your relationship because it’s unhealthy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878. If you need to talk.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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Seasons of Darkness (1) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Seasons of Darkness (1) By Dr. Michael Brooks

When was the last time you struggled with some kind of emotional, physical, or spiritual pain? How long did it last? What were the causes of it? Who did it effect and why? I know I’m asking a lot of questions, but their important questions that need answers and from you and only you! Searching for answers with boldness and truthfulness from you, will help you find a way out of the darkness. Seasons of darkness can last for days, months, and even years if allowed.

Seasons of Darkness can last a lifetime if you don’t deal with your fears!

The sad fact is that many who live in these dark times have admittedly given up and can no longer fight the fight. Are you one of those who just struggle to get up in the morning? Do you lay around, emotionally exhausted and wait for things to happen or get better, and your life is out of control? Life can be hard at times, and for many, they give up, they say, “come what may.”

I don’t know a person who can say, life has been peachy, wonderful, and not a care in the world. We all have our ups and downs and trust me; every one of us has been through the battles of life. It may be relationship issues, health issues, financial problems, any issues for that matter that darken our days.

Well, Dr. Mike, how do I get out of these dark and dreary times? I need some ideas on how to move on with my life and not stay in the darkness or storms of life, so what is the secret of moving on with my life?

It’s not really a secret, and it’s not magic, it’s putting a plan together and coming to grips with it. It will not be easy and may be very difficult to do, but it needs to happen. I know for many of you, it will be scary to go into uncharted territory, or shall I say for some of you, carefully challenged and overly catious. You can also call this a wilderness experience. You seem alone and have been wandering in the darkness for ever so long. Your sleep patterns has been disrupted; you rarely eat, you’ve lost that get-up and go drive.

We’ll go into more detail next week, I want to continue this article on dealing with the seasons of darkness in your life.

Do you feel frustrated about your failing marriage or relationship? Do you need help in saving your marriage and family from divorce? Do you have a spouse or partner who isn’t communicating with you and you want it restored? Do you want help in learning good communication skills? Are you the partner who wants to end your relationship because it’s unhealthy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878. If you need to talk.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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Every Day is a Friday (3) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Every Day is a Friday (3) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Today, we’ll finish this article series on Every Day is a Friday. I think having a positive attitude is key to making Every Day a Friday. What you think and dwell on or about negatively will impact you for that day. If you dread going to work and hate your boss or co-workers, that’s where your energy will go. Look for the good things in your job, be positive. Be thankful you have a job. If you can’t stand your job, then change things by getting a different job, or getting more education to move to a different position in the company you work for. There are positives in your life, you may just have to dig deeper to find them, but they are there!

Making your “Every Day is a Friday” is a new concept and can change the way you think!

Here are my tips for making Every Day a Friday:

Plan ahead for the enjoyable things you like to do. Plan a date night with your spouse or have a family night where you have pizza, and play games. Plan a vacation with your spouse or with the family.

Start enjoying time reading the books you used to like and get back into reading them. Go to Amazon and check out a few titles you might be interested in and order them. I do that all the time, and I really enjoy spending my time causal time reading them.

If you like being in the outdoors, plan some activities that you enjoy. If you like hiking, then I’d suggest going on two hikes per month. If you enjoy camping, then maybe one per month during the summer. Have something to look forward to each and every day of the week.

Once you start filling up your days up with things you like to do and look forward to, then you will understand the principle of Every Day is a Friday.

In closing, you are the only one who can make the “Every Day is a Friday” a part of your life, there are many obstacles in life that can prevent this way of thinking. If you plan your days around things you look forward to doing, you will see how your attitude will change in a positive way, trust me it does work. I’ve seen it in many of the clients that I work with; once they adopt this way of thinking, life seems better and less stressful.

Do you need help in getting your joy back? Do you struggle with planning enjoyable activities and need some guidance in planning them? Call Dr. Mike and he can help you find what you need to do to love each and everyday day of the week and to make it the “Every Day is a Friday” sensation.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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Every Day is a Friday (2) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Every Day is a Friday (2) By Dr. Michael Brooks

This week we will continue “Every Day is a Friday”. I love my family, love my job, love my friends, I think about all these wonderful things in my life. I believe most people love Friday’s too and what Friday brings, why? It’s the last day of the work week for most people. Many have made plans and are looking forward to having fun and enjoying the weekend. You start thinking about the weekend plans you’ve made on Monday  and through Thursday and you can’t wait till Friday gets here.

Make every day a Friday, buy planning fun and creative events for you and the family!

I guess my dad got me thinking this way. As a kid he would let us know what we’d be doing on Friday evening around the dinner table, Saturdays and Sundays were busy days for the Brooks family with chores and fun planned activities. He’d have some great plans in store for us, there were four of us kids. On Saturday morning the whole family would head over to the commersary (military term for a grocery store)and then the PX. Then we’d go to our sports games, all of us were in sports. Looking back, I can see why Fridays were something I looked forward to as a kid that carried over into my adult years.

Now, when I get up in the mornings, I have my day pretty much planned out. I know the things I have to get done for that day. I make sure that I have my day planned out on paper, or in my calendar with work and extra activities that I enjoy. I make sure that I have something to look forward to each and every single day. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors, If it’s working on the yard, I will have that all planned out what needs to be done. I will plan on reading a book over a two week period, usually something that intrigues me (history or documentary). I love cooking meals for my family and friends, BBQ’s, etc. I will meet friends for lunch or dinner during the week. Keeping my day busy makes the day go by quickly and creates some wonderful memories.

Next week we will continue the article on Every Day is a Friday. Dr. Mike will have some tips that will help you find a way to make Every Day is a Friday.

Do you need help in getting your joy back? Do you struggle with planning enjoyable activities and need some guidance in planning them? Call Dr. Mike and he can help you find what you need to do to love each and everyday day of the week and to make it the, Every Day is a Friday sensation.

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

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Every Day is a Friday (1) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Every Day is a Friday (1) By Dr. Michael Brooks

I love Fridays, in fact, I look forward to them. I think about my time with my family, friends and what we will be doing on Friday evenings. I love evening meals with family and friends, spending time talking about their day and how their week has been. I hear about their tough days at work and at home. Then I realize how blessed I am. I love my job, in which I am very passionate about. I can’t believe how happy I am about helping others in need. It drives me to be the best that I can be. I love helping people in difficult situations and finding solutions for their problems, this is one of my joys in life.

Just think, today is Friday! Relax, the weekend is about to begin, what plans do you have?

So, I guess you’re wondering why my Headline is “Every Day is a Friday?” I often get asked, Mike, how’s your day going? My response is “Not bad for a Friday!” it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is. I’m used to getting quizzical looks when I responded that way. Then I’d explain, I am truly blessed, I love my family, love my job, love my friends, I think about all these wonderful things in my life. I believe most people love Friday’s too, why? It’s the last day of the work week for most people. They have plans they have made and are looking forward to them. You start thinking about the weekend plans you’ve made on Monday through Thursday and can’t wait till Friday is here.

Next week we will continue the article on Every Day is a Friday.

Do you need help in getting your joy back? Do you struggle with planning enjoyable activities and need some guidance in planning them? Call Dr. Mike and he can help you find what you need to do to love each and everyday day of the week and to make it the, Every Day is a Friday sensation. Call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878

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Facing Your Giants (7) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Facing Your Giants (7) By Dr. Michael Brooks

This is the last article in a series in, Facing Your Giants. If you enjoyed these articles, please let Dr. Mike know. He always enjoys hearing from his readers. He currently is working on his podcast for his readers. If you have any podcast show idea’s let him know.

The Giant of failed relationships can be scary!

Are you facing the giant of a failed relationship? We all have failed at a relationship at one time or another. It could have been a high school sweetheart, parents, friends, a co-worker. We all have been there. I know some people who recoil and fear about getting involved in another relationship. It may have been a bad marriage or a broken relationship with your brother or sister, or anyone for that matter. These things happen. You have to trust yourself and believe that you can make the right choices the next time you get involved with someone. The pain of losing a relationship can be difficult, and honestly sad at the same time. Maybe someone you trusted violated a private conversation, that you had with them, and you had to end the relationship. Is it possible that you ruined the relationship by something you said or something you did or didn’t do? I think the fear of facing your giant of a failed relationship can be daunting if you imagine every relationship that you enter in will fail. Take that leap of faith and believe the best in any new relationship. Work hard at learning how to communicate and read the other person. Watching what you say and learning how to listen is key to any new or growing healthy relationship.

In closing, there are many giants that we will face; it’s just a matter on how we face them, do we run and hide or take them head-on with a sound plan or bury our heads in the sand? I know there are many other giants that I have not covered in this article. If you have other giants, please let me know, let’s expose them and talk about the ones that you face.

Do you need help in overcoming the giants of your past? Do you struggle with memories of broken relationships, illness, self-worth, confidence? What are the giants that you currently face and need help in defeating them? Giants can be debilitating and keep you from enjoying life and a successful life. Call Dr. Mike, and he can help you through the process of taking your giants head on and help you to move forward with your life. Why live in a defeated and hurtful past, when you can enjoy a stress-free present and future?

Dr. Michael Brooks is the founder of Applicable Counseling and life coaching Services. It is affordable, accessible, anonymous, and available by appointment from the privacy of your home. To avoid travel time and the comfort of home, many clients prefer to meet with Dr. Mike over the phone or via Skype (if you want to Skype with Dr. Mike send him an email at mbrooks3353@gmail.com to set up an appointment). The convenience of this type of Counseling/Coaching is the most effective means of Life Coaching for those who live outside of Colorado. Give Dr. Mike a call! You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Facing Your Giants (6) By Dr. Michael Brooks

Facing Your Giants (6) By Dr. Michael Brooks

This week we will continue facing your giant’s article, let’s look at what causes some of the giants you face. So my question for you today: what are the Giants that you’re facing and want help in confronting today? You may have one or several Giants that control you.

Do you need help in dealing with a health crisis? I think Illness is another big giant, many face or will face down the road. I have seen many patients of mine who have had serious health issues and are not sure how to deal with their upcoming crisis. Diseases are scary; surgeries are uncomfortable and can cause uncertainties. Health situations are either in your control or not. What do you mean by that, Dr. Mike?

Planning an exercise program and doing it can help you feel better and help you enjoy life!

Case in point, both my parents smoked two and a half packs of cigarettes a day and were heavy drinkers. Both had lung cancer from 50 plus years of smoking; I suspect that they could have lived much longer lives had they not smoked. Why do I say this? Both my mom and dad passed away at 69 years of age. My two uncles (dads brothers) had never smoked or drank and lived to be in their nineties. That’s the barometer I use for our family. My sister smoked three packs a day and died at 52 years of age from throat cancer and being an alcoholic. My other brothers smoked as well. My oldest brother passed from issues of brain cancer.

I have never smoked, drank, or did any kind of drugs; I exercise every day and eat healthy meals. I honestly believe that you should be taking an active approach to regaining and improving your health. How? Do your research in the area that you need to improve your health. If you fear the “Giant of illness”, you should have a plan that gets you to feeling better and have someone who can talk and work with you to detail your action steps. I can do that for you as I have many clients who use me in regaining their health. I have many of my clients who have been told by their Dr’s, you need exercise, and to lose weight. I have diabetic clients needing help, if you just want to feel better and want help, then we need to talk. I have many clients who I consult with over the phone, and actually, walk them through a personal program. I have many clients who have me talk them through the workout programs that I have designed specifically for them, while we speak on the phone. If you’re interested, call me. This seems to be the new norm for getting a good exercise program (it works well with all my walking clients) a walking coach to talk you through your walk. Lose weight while walking off the pounds!

I have a friend that is a diabetic. His Diabetes is something that needs attention every day. He has to watch what he eats and is not supposed to cheat. I went out to lunch with him while he was visiting from the Midwest, and he was telling me all about his diabetic issues, how he was using insulin twice a day while trying to lose weight. The server asked us for our order, and he ordered a burger, lots of fries and a piece of apple pie with ice cream. I didn’t say anything and wondered how he thought that this was helping him with his diabetes and weight loss.

On the other hand, I have another friend who has diabetes and watches what he eats. He eats lots of meats and vegetables, drinks plenty of fluids (water, tea) and hardly has anything with high carbs or sugar. He is doing great and exercises daily. He is in control of his health for the most part.

If you have any illnesses or health concerns and this is the giant you face, then take the proper steps and do something about it. See your doctor and get a checkup, I’d be happy to discuss your next steps in regaining a healthy lifestyle and help you put together a structured program for you. Call for an appointment today!

Next week we will continue this article on “Facing Your Giants”.

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