10/23/2014 04:29 pm ET Updated Dec 23, 2014

Wake-Up Call

The phrase "wake-up call" is something that we have heard before whether it is while growing up, in articles, in the news, movies, or even song titles such as "Wake Up Call" by Maroon 5. We have even heard the famous phrase during hotel stays.

But have you experienced the most important wake-up call of your life, the one with the ringer on full volume, the one you just can't ignore or send to voice-mail, letting you know- it's time to make a change! The wake-up call I'm referring to is when we hit rock bottom. Some examples include but are not limited to: Physical and/or mental fatigue, exhaustion, nervous breakdown, or a near death experience.

It's a difficult place to be in. Signs may have been ignored. Suggestions by your doctor, family, or friends just didn't make sense at the time. Probably because you were too busy working on something that you gave higher priority to than your personal life, were trying to meet a deadline in which there was still time to meet , or felt like you would acknowledge these signs and suggestions someday. Making personal sacrifices has become a common routine, probably not a healthy one. The trouble with this routine is that after much practice it becomes a bad habit. A bad habit that becomes very easy to practice. Anniversaries come and go. Birthdays come and go. Opportunities to make everlasting memories with your family and friends come and go. And when you least expect it, because you are too consumed by this bad-habit-routine to realize that it is going to happen, you receive the wake-up call and hit rock bottom.

Up to this point, some have experienced this wake-up call and can relate to what has been described thus far. Others cannot. However, if you haven't experienced it then you are in luck because guess what? You don't have to wait to receive this kind of wake-up call, or hit rock bottom as most know it referenced as, in order to start making some positive changes in your life.

Through family, friends, podcast(s), social media, articles, and news coverage, we can learn from other people's wake-up call and make the necessary positive changes to create awareness and not hit this kind of rock bottom.

Here are some quick tips that I have found useful in creating a strategy to avoid receiving this wake-up call / hitting rock bottom:

  • Subscribe to a podcast(s) that has your interests and brings positivity and peace into your life.
  • Meditate. Even if for 5-10 minutes a day, it makes a positive impact in your life and starts your day off on the right foot.
  • Call a friend or family member instead of text messaging. You will be surprised how wonderful and soothing it feels to hear an actual voice on the other end of your smartphone.
  • Breathing Exercises. It's great to practice your breathing, and a great tool to keep handy during stressful situations. A few breathing exercises, and you can feel the stress disappear.
  • Make plans to create memories with your family or friends. And keep them.
  • If its work related and there is no deadline, it can wait until tomorrow. Close Microsoft Outlook, and log out of your computer. It's ok. No, really, it's ok.
  • Get up and Move. Also known as exercise. It doesn't have to be in a gym. There are many options. Just be active and move. Your body and mood will appreciate it.
  • Create a Gratitude List and at the end of the day, list the things that you are grateful for. Once you get the hang of it, take it a step further and include friends and/or family. Share your lists and create you very own Gratitude List exchange network.

This day and age, with smartphones, tablets, laptops, and home computers, access to helpful content and ideas is easier than ever. It just takes action to begin, and beginning is the first step in the right direction.

Fingers crossed and positive thoughts friends!

Quote for the day:

"When you are just working and you're not getting anything done but you can't shut your brain off, it isn't working anymore, take care of yourself" - Joe Polish