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Feeling Overwhelmed? This Too Shall Pass!

April 15, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More

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There are times in life when you feel unstoppable. Maybe you’re accomplishing more than you ever thought possible at a faster rate than you ever imagined, maybe you’re close to achieving a big goal, or maybe you’re finally getting good at enjoying life.

What about the other times – when you feel like you’re barely keeping up, your job is kicking your ass, the house is never clean, your goals are not in focus, and your to-do list is never ending?

I’m feeling overwhelmed these days. I’m barely keeping up, my job is kicking my ass, my house is never clean, I want to write but can’t find the time. Piling on top of it all is that I’m starting my first real veggie garden this year, and I so badly want success. The home we moved into last summer needs lots of attention. I’m not good at being patient. Often, we are our own worst critics, and we hold ourselves to standards that don’t make sense.

feeling overwhelmedFeeling overwhelmed is often temporary. Once you step back, relax and recharge, you’ll almost always have a renewed sense of purpose and clarity about what’s most important.

You still have to keep up with life, but part of any decadent, enviable lifestyle is the reward that comes from all the work. I simply have not done enough to celebrate my accomplishments along the way, and I’ll bet you haven’t either.  Here are some ideas for simple but no less rejuvenating ways to relax when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

  1. Turn a blind eye to your not-so-perfectly kept home. Instead, clear up the clutter and do a light cleaning – no more than 30 minutes – in just one room that you like to hang out in. Then, grab a good book or favorite magazine and relax for as long as you like without thinking about all the stuff you’re not doing.
  2. Try some meditation. Even if you don’t meditate regularly, there’s no time better than now to get started. Just clearing your mind and focusing on your breath for as little as five minutes can make a huge difference in your head state and ability to focus.
  3. Get up a little earlier than usual, put on your robe, grab a cup of coffee, and stroll around your yard as the sun is coming up. Observe your garden at the moment without thinking about your to-do list. Spring is a magical time where something new is always happening. I walk my yard almost every day when I’m home. Starting the day with a connection to nature rather than checking e-mail on your phone will get you off to a more peaceful start.feeling overwhelmed
  4. Practice making others wait for a change. I don’t mean that you should ignore the important people in your life. But, there are people and issues that may not be super important and yet we continually react with urgency to them. These nagging issues may not warrant us dropping everything to react. Is anyone’s life in danger? That’s what I thought.
  5. Add fresh flowers to your home. Even in early spring, your yard or garden offers beautiful reminders of things that are going on outside. Right now, we have our first daffodils coming up in the front yard. I’m going to cut them, put them in a vase, and brighten up my home office or kitchen. Fresh flowers make you feel better, period.

What special things do you do to recharge?


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Category: Enviable Ideas, General, Home and Garden

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  1. Babe says:

    Brande … Here’s a blog that you may enjoy. The lady lives here in lake Dale. She’s SUPER hyper-active, at least she was, seems to be calmer now. A definite over-achiever, everything to the nth degree ! Bookmark her blog and keep going back to previous posts. Enjoy ! Bye now, Babe

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