I pull up to the ATM, lower my window and can’t quite reach the slot for my debit card. Instead of unbuckling my seat belt, I reach—and then reach a tiny bit further. And that’s when I feel something pop down the right side of my body.
I bet you’ve done this too. Maybe you’ve strained your back moving a sofa or suffered shin splints from over-training for a race.
We all do it. We overextend and end up hurting our bodies.
We overextend in other ways too, especially during the holiday season.
We “have to” buy too may gifts, say “yes” to too many invitations, or incur credit card debt that takes the rest of the year to pay off.
There’s a cascading effect from all of these “yeses.”
It goes like this:
We overextend → We get overwhelmed → We feel stressed → We lose joy.
Well, now that Thanksgiving has passed, some might say we’re entering the season of joy.
But are we? Are you?