Stop feeling overwhelmed with this ONE word
I see you. You’ve been working SO hard to make it all work coming out of the pandemic.
You’re trying to adjust to “back to normal” even though things have been anything but - last-minute cancellations, positive cases in your kid’s classroom, and an ever-increasing workload - not to mention trying to make sure YOU are keeping it all together for yourself too..
I see you and I know what it’s like to be overwhelmed.
For me, as things got busier throughout the Spring I could feel the tsunami build up: at the end of each day I’d find myself barely able to breathe, tightness in my chest and still a long list of things yet to be done.
Then one day, as I was taking my kids to the park, my head full of all the other things I needed to be doing, I felt something come over me: the pain of not being fully present for my kids.
As the toddler in me kept whining about all the things I have to do, and how it was all too much and I couldn’t be as good as I wanted at any of them suddenly I heard this powerful yet calm voice in my head interrupt the chatter with a simple phrase: ”I GET to do all these things” “I GET to spend this time with my kids”, “I GET to have work that helps me grow”...
And in that moment my shoulders dropped, my breath slowed down and deepened, and my mind felt so clear.
As the days have passed since that moment any time I hear the voice of “I have to do this” again I immediately replace it with “I GET to do this” and it puts me right back in the present moment, supporting me in taking it one step at a time, rather than looking at all of this month’s to-dos feeling like I should finish the list in one day.
And now, looking back on the last few months, I’m in disbelief that I was able to go through this long stretch of time of high-intensity and high-demand work with a sense of spaciousness and calm that I’d always wanted to experience, and it felt effortless.
All because I took the time each day to ground myself into where I was in each moment.
Do you find yourself thinking “once this is over, then I’ll be happy" and “when I finish this project then I’ll be able to relax”?
What would happen if you tried to replace these with “I get to do this project”, “I get to challenge myself and learn something new”?
You don't even have to believe it at first as you say it.
Commit to it and watch what unfolds.
With much love,
P.S. If you’re looking for support in any area of your personal or professional life I’m happy to share that I have one spot on my client roster and I’d love to offer you a FREE Discovery Call to explore how you can create what you want in your life and career.