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Rock Your Health: When letting go beats hanging on

How many times in your life have you been unable to let go of something that held you back and made you miserable? Three occasions come to mind for me when it stopped my creative energy from flowing, held me back from new opportunities, unleashed negative energy inside, and caused me to lose focus on being a naturally positive person.

1. I served as a Navy nurse for three years and after discharge couldn’t let go and wanted to get back in. The hold over me was so intense—even though that type of structured military environment did not suit my free spirit—that I still wanted to re-enlist and spent a lot of time and energy trying to figure out how to do that. Had I not let go of those efforts, I might not have found my true path, which shifted me from bedside nursing into wellness, my true passion and a lifetime of rewarding experiences.

2. Early in my nursing career I was making good money as a bedside nurse and could have been very satisfied continuing down that path. But I wasn’t fulfilled. So I took a giant pay cut and became a school nurse. What was I thinking? I had to let go of the pressure from family and friends and move toward changing my nursing career to focus on educating kids to be healthy, which was more in line with my beliefs. I never regretted that change because it opened the door to getting a Master’s degree in health education, which led to becoming a school teacher and then the director of a college health service. All great jobs that were extremely fulfilling because I was able to let go.

3. This is the big one for me. After a successful career doing wellness work that I loved, I found myself miserable but kept hanging on for that almighty paycheck and benefits. Not being able to let go of the security of money created havoc in my life as I started to hate going to work and thus developed all sorts of stress-related issues and constant pain. I was referred to specialists to create a work station reflecting improved body mechanics, then to a doctor for pain meds and possible surgery for painful wrists (carpal tunnel syndrome), and finally to a counselor to learn how to live with pain in my life. Obviously the solution was to let go and get out of that job. Which I did and all my symptoms went away. I found new wellness paths to explore like coaching and having my own wellness business, which ultimately replaced the income I had lost. Best of all, letting go allowed me to heal and once again be free to be ME!

So what about you? What are you hanging on to that is stifling your wellbeing? Email your thoughts to me at carol@carolebert.com.

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Carol Ebert About the Author: Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP, is a creative force for education and wellness and is a certified wellness practitioner and wellness coach, mindful coaching certification trainer, certified law of attraction facilitator, and certified nutrition advisor. She has been a bedside nurse, school health educator, college health service director, medical center wellness specialist, and mindful coach and trainer. She is now CEO of her own wellness business, www.carolebert.com. She can be emailed at carol@carolebert.com.

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