When I used the term fighting the battle, I was thinking of the grit it often takes to get on with life. However, that grit does not have to require raising one's cortisol level, nor demand pushing through despite any pain and anxiety you may feel. You may actually prepare your brain better for what you want to achieve by relaxing first. Here are some ideas I have used.
- Get comfortable in a relaxed sitting position. You can gently recline if that is best for you.
- Take easy, deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose, and Count 1, 2, 3, 4. Hold 1, 2, 3, 4. Let breath out through your mouth 1,2, 3, 4. Repeat several times.
- Picture one thing you want to achieve and the steps to do it.
- Now, envision doing the first step and do just that one step. You can continue on in this manner through each step, and you may find that what seemed so hard to do is easier than you felt before you changed your mindset about it.