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The Long Game - Issue #110

Spring is a great time of year that is full of rebirth and rejuvenation. Just as we move through the
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #110
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #110 • View online
Spring is a great time of year that is full of rebirth and rejuvenation. Just as we move through the seasons, we cycle through good and bad times. We all want to believe that life is linear and we are on a continued upward trajectory. While the path is up and to the right, we must realize that life ebbs and flows around this path. Be ready for the winter, but excited about the spring.
Spring is a great time of year that is full of rebirth and rejuvenation. Just as we move through the seasons, we cycle through good and bad times. We all want to believe that life is linear and we are on a continued upward trajectory. While the path is up and to the right, we must realize that life ebbs and flows around this path. Be ready for the winter, but excited about the spring.
No matter what cycle you are in, know that you’re a survivor and have the power to keep moving forward. That work you put it to move forward can come in the form of prayer, meditation, journaling, exercise or learning new skills. In my opinion, all of the above are important. What matters is taking action. You can’t expect anyone else to do the work for you. As you begin to put in the work, opportunities will arise and remember to stay open to them. 
That is enough from me this week. Let’s go ahead and jump into the links.

Moving more, eating better, improving sleep, decreasing stress - these are all areas we know will help us live healthier lives. Why is it so hard for us to do them? One reason is that we try to do them all at once. If you are looking to make a change, start small and give yourself achievable goals. For example, start to move 15 minutes a day, don’t buying snacks, and turn off your phone an hour before bed. The key is finding the area you need to improve and create better habits around it.
I’ll be turning 40 in a few weeks. Each year, I throw out old beliefs and add new ones in. As this article mentions, the only constant is change. Looking over the list, a few of the points stuck out to me: Everything you’re seeking from others is already inside of you; nothing is more precious than the time we have left with the people that matter to us; and, waiting for permission is a time-wasting fool’s errand. These are all lessons that will greatly determine how satisfied you are with your life.
This is a powerful a message from a pro-athlete battling anxiety. As someone that battled anxiety and depression in the past, it is helpful to see public figures speak about the topic. Depression and anxiety can be incredibly lonely and debilitating when you feel like nobody understands you. The more these issues are brought to the public eye, the better. Kevin Love is right when he says, “Everyone is going through something that we can’t see.” Be kind to one another and have compassion, it could be you one day.
The Mind - Alan Watts
Keeping the mind busy is a deep problem in today’s society. We all suffer from it and we need to sit alone and give ourselves space to let our ideas blossom. If we always need distraction, we running from something. I find coming back to my breath and counting the inhales and exhales is the best way for me to be alone with my mind. I also like to take walks without my phone or go to the float tank when I need to reset. Try sitting alone with yourself for five minutes. Don’t try to force yourself to stop thinking, just recognize your thoughts and let them pass.
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Before I go, here are a few more interesting articles to check out.
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In Health,
Taylor
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Taylor Somerville

The Long Game is a newsletter for people that want to grow and challenge themselves. It is about the drive to better ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually while having the curiosity to enjoy the journey. I will include articles, podcast, videos, and blogs on a variety of topics ranging from psychology, fitness, meditation, and nutrition. I am a certified XPT Coach, I hold the Art of Breath certification, I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and hold the Aerobic Capacity certficate. Checkout my website www.symmetry.live to learn more about the services I offer.

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