What to Do When You Get Caught Between a Bull and a Bear

drawing of a bear and bull

This is one of my favorite stories about stress. It describes some of my days:

A cowboy out west was in a heap of trouble. A wild bull was after him. Head down and nostrils snorting, the bull charged toward him.

The cowboy dove into a convenient recess in the ground. As soon as the bull passed over the hole, the cowboy leaped out. But the bull came back, madder than ever. Right before the bull reached him, the cowboy ducked back into the hole. Then, when the bull passed, he popped back out again. He did this several times.

A passing stranger watching this scenario shouted, “Hey cowboy, why don’t you just stay in the hole?”

Leaping out again, the cowboy yelled, “There’s a bear in that hole!”

That’s how it is some days. We get caught between a bull and a bear.*

So what do you do when you get caught between a bull and a bear? I do what the cowboy in this story did: I MOVE.

Actually, since there really isn’t a bull or a bear after me, I walk (see my blog on Why I Now Wear a Tracking Device). Turns out exercise is a great way to relieve stress and improve mood.**

What are some ways you like to de-stress?

**MayoClinic | APA.org


Lonnie Carbaugh

Lonnie Carbaugh, LPC, NCC,  is a Behavioral Health Counselor at Full Plate Living who has shed and kept off 25 pounds since working for Full Plate Living. He is as dedicated about walking 5 miles a day as he is about his favorite sport, baseball.

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