Healthy Activity: Antidote to Life Problems by Dr. Stewart Bitkoff

Problems are placed before you so you can overcome them.
A. Hussain

When life is kicking your butt and things seem out of control; and you are worn down by every day problems, how can spirituality or a belief in something beyond self help you reach higher?  Activity has long been known to help as a corrective to problems of daily life. Simply by switching our attention from the problem to something more enjoyable or taking purposeful action targeted at solving the problem, our mood many times becomes lighter and more positive.

In the healthy personality, the mind is so constructed
That it can only keep one thing in it at a time.

A. Hussain

The following are some techniques that have helped me push past the trials of everyday life, for the most part, and return to a happier state of balance.

Relieve the Pain. First when you are in pain either physical or mental, the first step is to relieve the pain. Take medications, go for a walk, exercise as a form of catharsis, listen to music, or have some sex with your partner. Find something you enjoy and that eases your angst. If praying does this for you great. Your job is to find an activity that works most of the time. Another suggestion, call a friend or relative for support; feel their love and let it comfort you.

Take Action. Confront the problem head on and take some positive action to minimize its effects. If the problem is financial: work out a payment system, get help making payments, or add additional hours at work.

Chronic Illness. If the problem is related to chronic illness and the illness cycle is peaking, find a way to take your mind off the problem for awhile. Cook your family their favorite meal, call a friend, or watch your favorite show on TV. Temporarily shift your attention from the problem to something more enjoyable. This will ease your pain and suffering for awhile. If the medical problem is acute, make an appointment to see your doctor; my cousin who is physician has told me research shows that 1/3 of the time, patients feel better simply by going to their doctor. It seems this activity of seeking help, sets in motion internal healing activity.

Get Out of the House. Sometimes when you are confined inside and problems pile-up, the walls around you become a prison; go for a walk, feel the sunshine and breath the fresh air, or visit a friend and be nourished by their company. Take a drive to the Mall and walk around looking at the different items; smell the perfumes, and buy yourself something delicious to munch on. I try to get out of the house each day even for 15 minutes; it helps clear my head.

Long Term Solutions. In our modern lives, many times problems are not easily resolved and go on for years. After a time, these become heavy burdens and until the problem is resolved, we need many breaks from the anxiety and despair of living this way. If you are taking positive action to solve your problem, then you need a place to rest and play- until the situation matures. Keep in mind that everything ends and one day your problem will be a memory. Until then, you need to have temporary solutions to survive and regenerate. Make a list of things you like to do and incorporate daily one of these activities into your life. I call this my happiness calendar. Choosing and planning, one small thing each day I like to do that will make me happier

Turn Your Problems Over. If you have taken all possible action, to resolve the situation and it intensifies, then, it is time to admit you are powerless and ask the Universe/Light to help you. Pray, then, take action-then, pray again- this is the alchemical formula that sets in motion the universal laws.

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You don’t solve one problem by creating another.
A. Hussain

When you are feeling sad or depressed get-up and do something for someone else.
A. Hussain

The body thrives on activity and a healthy person is an active person.
A. Hussain


Also by Dr. Bitkoff, A Commuter’s Guide to Enlightenment, Llewellyn, 2008 and Journey of Light: Trilogy, Authorhouse, 2004. These books are available on Amazon.Com or from publisher.

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Announcing my new book- Sufism for Western Seekers: Path of the Spiritual Traveler in Everyday Life. In next few weeks, look for it on Amazon; more information to follow.


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