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Tip for When You Just Don't Want to Get Up and Go
11/09/2012

Dear Dr. Laura:

I just listened to your call with Nikki, who has a hard time getting up and going, each day. I'm a stay-at-home-wife, and when my husband was in Iraq and then Afghanistan, I could definitely commiserate with what Nikki is going through now. "Why bother?" Well, I knew I put myself in that rut, and didn't want my little rut to turn into a BIG rut. That's when I accidentally found a simple trick I now use all the time, even though I'm not "in that same place", any longer. Perhaps it might be a help for Nikki and others with the same difficulty [and...perhaps not!].

When I get up and get dressed (and that can be the hard part, I know), unless I'm going somewhere right away, I immediately don a big apron - the kind that covers your whole front, and has a bib. It's my "uniform" for work. I don't know if that is it or what (I did wear a "real" uniform for years as an Army Nurse), but when I put it on, I can move mountains! My energy and attitude soar and I have a purpose in life. Even on (those very few) days that I jump out of bed with lots of energy and fly through my projects, if I THEN put on my apron, it's amazing! Projects are completed, our home looks great, there's a yummy dinner cooking, and I still have time to exercise (I'm an afternoon exerciser - works better on my body), take my dogs for an extra-long walk, and do a couple crosswords while listening to a book, before my husband gets home!

Anyway, I thought this tip might be an extra "tool" for Nikki, after she's finished exercising with you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all you do for America.

Sincerely,

Minta

Tags: Attitude, Eat Less-Move More, Exercise, Health, Motivation, Purpose, Response to a Call
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