How is your energy today? Did you wake up with a sense of calm knowing what your top priority is for today, or stressed because you’re not sure what’s on your calendar (or list)? Did you sleep deeply and wake rested, or were you sucked into the insomnia of unproductive thoughts?
Life ebbs and flows—there are times when seemingly every thing is easy and you’re “in flow.” And the contrast of days when you’re not in sync, everything feels like a challenge, and you’re bouncing around life feeling like a pinball. There is more than one priority, I’ve been there!
What do you do when stress, overwhelm and indecision take over?
- Do you just keep pushing (through it)?
- Do you talk to anyone who will listen and pour your heart out?
- Do you get caught up in the negativity of it all?
- Do you take the time to unplug from everything, to back away and observe what is really happening?
One of the most productive ways to get off this cycle/path, is to slow down, and shut off your brain. I know that sounds counter-intuitive, yet when your brain is spinning around in circles, you’re on the hamster wheel.
What if you did these three things to open yourself to the solution of decisiveness, calm, and confidence?
1 – Block 30-45 in your calendar
2 – Get a notepad and pen and start to write about what has you wound up. If you think you’re not a writer, start by writing down questions on the pad. “Why am I letting this destroy my focus?” or “What is it about this situation that is getting under my skin?” or “Why am I here in this situation…again?” or “Am I letting my EGO run the show again?” Whatever resonates with your current situation. By writing the questions on the paper, you’ll find that very soon you’re writing away (yes, it’s technically journaling and it is not limited to the female gender).
This is not a “thinking” exercise. The goal is not to sit there thinking about what you want to write. This is “dump time.” Write it out, yell and scream (on paper) and let your pen gut it out. I do highly recommend good ‘ole pen and paper vs the computer.
After writing for awhile, you’ll likely have discovered some nuggets of inspiration, or some “aha” moments that will begin to release the anger, the angst, the stress or whatever you are experiencing. You’ll have opened the door vs feeling constricted. Go ahead, peek your head outside, the sun is out and it’s a beautiful day.
3 – Take a few deep breaths, and focus on your heart. Listen to and feel your heart beating in your body. You are alive. You’re not done yet, we know because you’re still here! Set your intention to come from the heart today with anyone you greet. It’s much more powerful than being in your head.