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Are you bent out of shape?

BE FLEXIBLE! That is a loaded request, isn't it?! Let's explore what that means.

Firstly, being flexible involves your body.

Stretching your muscles to improve your flexibility produces many physical benefits including improved posture, balance, less pain, fewer injuries, greater strength, and a positive effect on your overall well-being. What amazing reasons to gift yourself 10 minutes a day to stretch! Here are some ideas of some flexibility exercises you can do.

Secondly, being flexible involves your mind.

Observing and listening to others' points of view and opening our minds to new ways of doing AND thinking about things helps us to be more successful and happy in life. Flexible personalities are those with whom you feel most comfortable sharing your ideas and expressing your feelings. They set aside their personal beliefs and prejudices and are much easier to work with. Sound like you? If not, here are a few suggestions...

  • Pause before reacting.

  • Choose to not be defensive.

  • Be open to changing your opinions after researching and learning new things.

  • Trust yourself.

  • See the humor in every situation you can.

  • Learn to think on your feet.

  • Be creative.

Some of these areas may need some work in your life. They may require letting go of pride or long-term opinions. You may have to study up and find ways to make these changes on a long-term basis. But the work will definitely be worth it! You'll adapt to new situations quicker, expand your mind with new ideas, and find more contentment in your relationships.

So stay younger and fit in both body and mind by choosing to be flexible! After all, as Dr. Michael McGriff states,

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape!":)

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