Its been a busy week. (Month? Year?) And it’s only Tuesday! You’re a bit overwhelmed. Work. Kids. Errands. Appointments. Bills. Obligations. Craziness.
May I suggest a time out? (For you…not the kids.) Before you quit reading – who has time for a time out? – hear me out.
I’m not suggesting that you throw up your hands, run away and never come back. I am asking that you take 10-15 minutes for you. Find a relaxing spot. Sit down (or lie down) and breathe. Listen. Gaze at something.
One of my favorite ways to do this is to go outside, lie down, and watch clouds. If there’s a tree in sight, even better! Listen to the wind, or the birds, or the neighbors dog.
(Here’s a pic in case you can’t get outside just now…)
Now, will this help your overwhelm? Yes, it will. Take that time out. Remember the breathing. After your 15 minutes are up, get back to your tasks with renewed energy and focus.
What do you like to do on your time outs? Enjoy your break, and good luck with those projects…
Do you have them? I do, and everybody I talk to about it (granted, not very scientific) has them too. Those voices in your head that chatter…on and on and ON…while you are driving, working, talking, listening….
It’s really hard to quiet those voices, perhaps impossible, so it’s important to pay attention to whether those voices are helping you or making you miserable. Are the voices loving, supportive, creative, funny? Or do the voices nag, criticize, mock and undermine? Do you recognize some of the voices as being other than your own?
Though we may not be able to quiet the voices, we can change their tone and their purpose. It will take some dedication and practice, but the results will be worth it!
The first thing is to note whether your inner voices are lifting you up. If so, revel in their love and support. If those voices need some lessons in nurturing, a good place to start is with “NO!”. (You can say it out loud if that helps, but it can get a little weird explaining yourself if there are others around.) Stop the thought in its tracks as soon as you recognize it as being negative. Immediately counter the negative comment with a positive thought; need an idea? Try starting with a simple “I’ve got this!”.
How do you quiet the critics and hear the supporters? Leave a comment below and share your tips!
It’s a little thing. Just a tiny step. In the big picture, it’s pretty insignificant.
But it’s hard to do. So, so hard.
What’s the deal? Why does it seem so big? And scary?
Maybe you’re not sure how to do it JUST RIGHT.
Perhaps you’re not sure it’ll make a difference.
What if you don’t know where it will lead? Or if you’re ready for what it might bring your way.
Take a deep breath.
Let it out.
Take one more. Let that one out, too.
Take just one step. Make it a little one.
It’ll be ok.
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