Perhaps we do not even recognize when we have reached a point where we cannot add one more thing to our plate. Ever feel that way? You just wake up one day and your mind is already consumed with what’s next. You find yourself lying there in bed with all these what if’s that you just need to get the day started and that’s when reality sets in. You roll over, check your phone or clock and discover It’s only 2am.
How do we keep it in check?
The first step needs to be recognizing if there are other areas in your life suffering from your inability to take on the entire world. I’m not talking about the type of things you sign yourself up for, I’m talking about life. The things you never see coming tied in with the things you can’t avoid and planning a wedding or buying a house sprinkled on top. In the midst of having to give each of these life stages some focus, how do you keep it together long enough to resemble sane?
Time for a check-up from the neck up.
I’ll be the first one to say that if therapy is necessary, Do it! It’s never a bad idea to have a safe unbiased place to sort things out. If you’re like me, and are unable to justify spending another penny at the moment you’ll need to take matters into your own hands and it requires a level of conscience responsibility.
You have to align yourself with the right methods of coping. A tall glass of wine is only going to get you so far. We have to become diligent in our efforts to turn it off.
Here are some suggestions…
- MOVE! Go to the gym, walk the dog or walk with a friend. The dog is grateful for the exercise and the friend is eager for reciprocation.
- Time Out! Just when you get to the point when you can feel the burden of the task hovering, that’s when you need to force the break. Step away from the computer, or whatever has you tied up and take a break. Grab a cup of coffee, a water…and force a 10 minute intermission. Whatever or however you decide to spend that time, just be sure you give yourself enough time to refresh and relax.
- Wind down. It is nearly impossible to be running at full speed and then expect to be able to relax the next moment. Make it a point to put an end to the madness by a certain time every night. Give yourself at least an hour to mellow out and prepare the body for rest.
- Get 8 hours. Most of us need 8 hours of sleep every night to be functional human beings. Do not set yourself up for failure by not planning a sufficient amount of time to shut off completely. REST solves everything. Sleep DEPRIVATION aggravates everything!
Taking steps to preserve the peace within will prevent life’s chaos from spilling over into every aspect of your life. That alone should be every motivation in tweaking your balancing act!