As we pile more and more onto our plates of life, the feeling of overwhelm starts to creep into our thoughts, words and action. We think about how much there is to do in our week, and we say, “Next week I won’t have so much to do.” However, the reality is that there is more to do next week. After weeks and years of thinking this way, we find ourselves in full drive overwhelm, but this is a stress we can shift once we start practicing toward peace.
One of the first steps is to write down all of the things you want to accomplish in the week. Once you have this list, break it down into days. Try to have no more than six items to complete per day. This allows time for the unknown emergencies and the items that can’t be completed until someone else finishes their work.
The second step is to set up time to sit quietly and do breathing exercises. Taking 3-5 deep breaths and mindfully thinking of your body relaxing will help you see your present day with peace. This is a form of meditation. It slows your body down to live in the present moment.
The third step is to ask for help. This is something we all struggle with because we have been told that those in need of help are weak. This belief is simply not true. Those who need help are giving to others. By asking for help, we allow others to feel the pleasure of giving of themselves. During your meditation, see yourself receiving the help you need to accomplish your weekly goals.
Take time to slow down and release. This is something you should practice to see the ultimate results. Remember, your overwhelm did not start in one day, it worked up through weeks and years. Practicing these exercises continually will bring you the desired result of peace.
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Mir Lynne Pietrzyk
Certified Master Life Coach