Back when I was 16, I remember having problems with friends or girlfriends and between that, school and wrestling, I thought I was maxing out on my stress levels. When I got to college, wrestling, girls, school, and then money, it seemed like this adulting thing was really hard and taxing. There would be moments where I felt I was completely overwhelmed. Later, going through a divorce with a child, super rough and again I thought there would be no way I'd make it through. The fact is that with all of these different times and situations, I was gaining experience. Not experience in bad things but in being able to deal with things that happen. When I talk to my oldest daughter about the things she has going on, or to the college kids, part of me wants to giggle because it doesn't seem like anything at all to be remotely stressed out about. But it's because I have more experience with this now. They are learning it. So yes its rough for them and that totally real. But as they get to the point of more experience with these kinds of situations, then they will learn how to deal with them better. I'm not saying that I have mastered it. That's an impossibility. But I have learned some ways that have helped me. Its a matter of really focusing on the good things in your world. They will keep you grounded. It's easy to get caught up in the bad things but you need to deal with them in a completely unemotional fashion. Do what you need to do, but keep it strictly to business. Don't let your brain or thoughts get lost down the rabbit hole of "what if's", "why me's", or assumptions. Just stick to the facts and handle what you can handle and let the rest go. But if there is something that is good that happens, even if it's just a simple "I love you Daddy" or "I'm sorry Dad", then let your emotions go and feel the joy and happiness that it brings. We are emotional beings but we need to reserve the emotional energy for the good things in our world. Block the emotions from the shitty stuff. handle it but without any emotional attachment. And if you see some others that are younger than you struggling, help them to get through it with the same advice. They have to get through it to learn but you can help them make it an easier transition:)
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