The truth is life happens. There is always something to do, people to talk to, and places to go. There may be a project due, a meeting with a client, family or friend outings and gatherings, some sort or last minute emergency, or just chores. The reality is that none of it is going to go away and the more you want to do with your life, and the older you get, the more you will take on.
At times this can be overwhelming. So how do we deal?
Conventional wisdom can teach a lot. Whether you are Christian (whatever denomination), Catholic, Buddhist, Atheist, Jewish, Hindu, Bipolar (oh wait, that’s not a religion), there is a root to these beleifs. Now, Im not an expert on religion or any of those types of things, but I do believe that whether it is prayer, meditation, relaxation, or any other mental strategy to however we make something happen, it comes down to the power of the mind. Yes, then there is action, but it starts with the mind. Our thoughts have so much to do with how we see and deal with the world around us, so the overwhelming feelings we get and how we deal are part of them.
Lets say I am freaking out because I woke up after having three hours of sleep, I barely got a chance to eat something, and I’m rushing out the door to take care of something that is unexpected and somewhat unpredictable. On top of this, I hear some bad news, people around me were in a bad mood, and I just realized something that I didn’t before which is going to change my whole outlook on everything that is to come. WTF! My mind is racing, I need to process all of these things and figure out what what do next!
I can get overwhelmed, but in the end it is just a situation and a moment. If I go into it thinking negatively, then I will most likely not be as effective as I could be. If I think that I am capable and can manage it, then do it, Im good to go. Taking a moment to really think things through, pray, meditate, or just ask yourself what the next steps are is important. Now this doesn’t mean that I may be mentally ready to win an Olympic Medal for the day, but it does mean that I am ready to deal with what is ahead and figure it out however I know best. Yes, sometimes this may be a struggle but at the end of the day, anything is doable if we really want to do it.
So between having a mental strategy to deal with things, and learning how to manage them over time, I think I’m on the right track! Oh and not to preach, but I love what Yoga does. It can be very focusing, mind clearing, and a great work out. Hmmm. Ommnnnn. Aummm. Laaaa. Ti, So, Do. : )
Where do you fall with this? What do you do when you are overwhelmed?