'I believe I can' - affirmation card
Hello my friends,
I have the most amazing amount of stuff I want to achieve at the moment! I've taken on two creative business courses (which I'm doing and loving), am dreaming and planning new art work not to mention all the normal stuff that comes with family life such as the supermarket shop, the school run, cooking, keeping the house clean etc; you know the kind of things I'm talking about!
When life gets full up with things to achieve, I sometimes find myself looking for a fast forward button - I feel so much excitement about my projects and ideas, that I just cannot wait to get them all done and out there! When I feel this happening, I realise I need to slow down and find my rythmn again. It's just as easy to lose my momentum on something if I go at it head down and full speed, as when I take an age beginning a new project, and the ideas percolate for too long and lose their sparkle.
What happens when we lose our rythmn and go into overdrive?
My experience has been this:
Life becomes jumbled and untidy
I tend to eat rubbishy foods (like cookies, chocolate, heaps of toast and marmalade and kettle chips)
I am late going to bed and spend way too much time on my computer.
I rush my 'relaxing' bath and race through my day with each thought chasing the tail of the last one.
I get crabby and irritable
I feel overwhelmed
Not too much gets achieved when I'm like that because there is no rythmn. It's jerky, it's messy, and it's painful because it leads to feelings of frustration and failure. When I expect too much too soon, I usually always feel the pain of these feelings and emotions coming up and I know that I need to move at a more gentle pace, and make time to listen to what I (my body) really needs. Oh, and I need a plan too.
A favourite waterside walk to relax
Getting outside is enormously helpful for me (as in calming and relaxing), and having a diary or planner for my deadlines is too. Once I have stuff written down and I can physically see the dates I'm needing to get stuff done by, the urge to rush around like a wild chicken disappears. I know I can realistically achieve stuff when I've planned for it and that naturally creates breathing space for the rest of life to resume it's regular (and happier) pace again. I begin to cook healthy food, go to bed at a reasonable hour, and I can hold a conversation without frowning and snapping. I feel more balanced when I remove the panic and urgency from my mind.
How do you deal with overwhelm, and what do you find works best for you when you're bogged down with busyness? Please share your thoughts in the comments thread, I'll be popping in randomly to join in the conversation!
Thanks for reading, big love to you
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'The Evening Stroll'