Mid-September 2018 Newsletter
Hello, and a magical Mid-September to you!
Are you overwhelmed?
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
Today's issue is about being overwhelmed, and some simple strategies
for coping, even thriving.
Almost everyone I know has too much to do and too little time.
Then when an unexpected crisis pops up, be it a family illness,
or an expensive repair, or an act of Nature like a flood or
hurricane, we can't even complete our usual tasks, let alone handle
the big new situation. How do people cope
who live in a war zone, we wonder, where bombs are falling
everywhere, and there's no such thing as a normal calm day?
It may sound counter-intuitive, but I've learned that when I feel
overwhelmed, as if too much is coming my way and I can't handle it
all, the first thing I need to do is slow down! When I was younger,
a crisis would push me to go faster and faster, desperately trying
to get on top of things and regain control. This usually didn't work,
plus I got upset at my "failure". And I still had to deal with the crisis!
If I take a few minutes to come up with a sensible plan, prioritizing
what needs to be done soon and what can wait, the situation usually works
out better. I've found that when I feel the need to rush, many times it's only
my anxiety, not a truly urgent problem in front of me. As my mother used to
say, haste makes wste!
Finally, the baby reminds me about making progress a step at a time. It's rare to
solve a complicated situation with one single big action. I'm sure you've heard that
a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. And
"Rome wasn't built in a day", in other words, it may take a while to reach your
destination. When there's too much to do, just beginning and doing a little can
create momentum, so you want to do more. Often those so-called baby steps are all
that's needed to propel us out of stagnation and doing nothing. Baby steps are
better than no steps!
Another key point I need to remember when dealing with a big challenge
(or what may feel like a flood of small challenges) is to stay present.
This way I have all my faculties with me for making wise choices, and
for noticing all the components of the situation. If I'm mired in worry,
thinking "This will never work out!", or full of annoyance that I don't
have more help, these negative attitudes will detract from my focus on doing
whatever I can to move forward and make progress. That little child to the
left isn't resentful he has to learn to walk, wishing someone would carry him.
He's excited, tackling this new activity with joy, a great example for us adults.
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Enjoy the second half of your September.
I'll write again in a couple of weeks. Take care!