But…But…BUT I CAN’T!!! Really? Who Said So, My Dear Friends?

“Can’t. I can’t. I really can’t!”

Today, I am sharing and challenging you to consider how does stress and anxiety impact you?

For some of us, it breaks our concentration and for some, it makes us grumpy. Stress and anxiety can impact our health and for some, it interrupts sleep. Then there are those for whom it does all of that and more in negative ways.

Well, one of the keys I have learned is to live with and make friends with stress and anxiety.

I Can’t Make Friends With Stress

So I now have it as my desire to learn and practise the powerful skills that help me keep calm, focus and sleep.

Over the years, I have had a brain injury. Add to that concussion, two types of chronic illness, as well as major challenges with cancer. Space will not allow me to detail the amount of surgeries and treatments this body of mine has been through.

You get the drift.

However, the one thing I am amazed at is the medical, mental, educational and social work model that in the earlier days did not recognize one thing. That is the value and the power of learning skills, that have been research-proven, to help us “rewire” our brains.

We can “rewire” our brains to help us be calmer, more engaged and in the moment.

Essential Skills

can'tSo my challenge to you is this – take the time to learn and practise these powerful skills several times a week. They work fast and are more effective the more you practise them.

What are they?

  • Relaxation Response
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Breathing

Each of these skills adds value. They help calm and centre our mind and in turn our body. The more we practise them and the longer we practise them is the calmer and more focused we become. The additional benefit is that we gain the ability to have better quality sleep and often a longer sleep.

So why are these skills vital? Well, a good night sleeps changes everything. You can’t be your happiest, more calm and have good concentration without a good night’s sleep.

Story Time

Go to this link and listen to the audio stories that, if, used regularly can help. They have helped many children, youth and adults with anger, frustration, brain injury, concussion, ADD, ADHD, ODD, PTSD,  and many other issues, Since listening and repeatedly doing so, they have gained a greater ability for self-regulation and sleep.

Stop saying you can’t and practise and learn these key skills to develop and deepen your ability to be calmer more often. Some call it self regulation, some call it self-control but I do not care what you call it.

I wish you peace inner peace. Life is far easier when you have inner peace and a good night’s sleep.

So until next time, Imagine Yourself with more Resiliency for Life.



Michael Ballard specializes in helping people, schools, teams organizations and communities learn how to become more resilient.

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