From Stressed To Blessed

At this time last year, I was experiencing an intense grieving and time of loneliness.

Some of you may remember my blogs on “Empty Chairs” and “Good Grief, Charlie Brown“.

So much can happen in a year and I want to share with you a few of the fundamental practices I have adopted, that I really credit with helping me go from STRESSED TO BLESSED!

Being a single mom, career-oriented, sole financial source, relied on by so many and dealing with my own multi-levels of grief, I felt loaded down and burdened without a clear vision of “a way out” or up. But with a lot of prayer, faith, and a great inner circle of friends I found my way into a beautiful level of peace and joy.

I can truly say “All is now well with my soul.

I would like to share with you the key fundamental practices that have helped me,

  • Build a solid foundation for my body, mind and spirit…and has allowed me to…
  • Build loving relationships, as well.

My three key fundamental practices are: 

1. Audience of One: I intellectually and intentionally chose to act, behave and believe in a way consistent with God’s purposes for me as if he is my only audience. (People pleasers out there unite!) I then started to see clearly how many directions I was being pulled in and how my focus on what was truly the most important things in my life was blurred. I began to have clarity, pause, and focused direction. With this came peace.

2. Take the one next right step: It starts with this question: What is the one next right step I can take today? Whether it is toward my purposes, goals, commitments, relationships, etc. Prioritize and do just the one next right step. For me, this kept me from looking back. I know many people have traumas, griefs, pain, and sickness as have I. Looking back has a way of pulling us back. God gave us eyes in front of our face to look forward not back as I like to say.

I started stepping into the present each day, being aware of and grateful for all of the good around me, and taking the one next right step.

I encourage you to read other important articles in my blog to help you determine YOUR next right step.

3. Eye of the storm: When you are in the eye of the storm it is a state of peace and calm. But while there is still havoc around and the oceans are still deep, the practice and discipline are to remain unattached to it. There is a lot of peace and joy in this place and it required me to give God all my burdens. What a relief that truly is.

So within this holiday season, or any time of year (!), I encourage you to try even one of these three practices and share with me how it affects you or shares a principle that you follow.

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Dr. Anna Cabeca

Dr. Anna Cabeca

Certified OB/GYN, Anti-Aging and Integrative Medicine expert and founder of The Girlfriend Doctor. During Dr. Anna’s health journey, she turned to research to create products to help thousands of women through menopause, hormones, and sexual health. She is the author of best-selling The Hormone Fix, and Keto-Green 16 and MenuPause.

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