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Listening to your inner voice

Let’s talk about noise. Have you ever been watching TV and the static is so loud you can’t even follow the movie anymore? Or you’re trying to read a book and the sound from your neighbor’s lawn mower is too loud to focus. This noise can get you spun up, even agitated.

Something that is out of your control is distracting you from what you’re doing. But if it is out of your control, what can you do that is in your control? Because maybe you’re focused on your personal goals and the drama from the outside world is getting so loud you lose focus on your goals.  Will noise let you become distracted from your goals, or will you learn to silence it?

I have been distracted, even distant, from things I love doing and aspire to accomplish in my set of goals. Sometimes, the things happening around us become so overwhelming we begin to lose control of the things  in our path. For instance, an argument at work has been weighing on your mind so much you stopped packing your healthy lunches. Or you overheard a conversation about you that was pretty negative so you stopped working out because your mood has been off from it. Maybe even the balance of a social life, work life, family life and fit life has been so noisy you haven’t sat down to read your book that you started a couple months ago and never got back to.  This noise can sometimes drown out that inner voice. You need to listen closely to it.

I have been putting my life on the back burner recently because of all that noise around me. Something so small can eat at you for so long you realize slowly how you stop focusing on yourself, but it’s never an excuse to not listen to yourself again and drown out that noise.

Because what is in your control is important to focus on and letting go of what is out of your control is that therapy you need.

Focusing on things in your control can drown out that noise. So focus on work itself instead of that argument, remember who you are instead of listening to other people’s perspective of you, and keep an agenda or a to-do list for the day so you don’t overextend yourself. Sometimes life can get pretty hard, but remembering to focus on what is in your control rather than trying to manage things outside of your control can make all the difference.

Christelle Temple is an WVU honors sophomore. She contributes a weekly column on health, fitness and motivation. Follow her on Instagram @ellesbells2. Contact her at