feel overwhelmed by too many things to do? Have you noticed lately that
you woke up early or in the middle of the night and couldnt get
back to sleep because your mind was racing? Or do you feel more irritable
about minor things with your spouse or children? This sounds like too
much stress in your life.
five effective ways to make life smooth again.
your tasks and projects.
Listen inward and decide what is really, really important to you at
this point in your life. Imagine how you would feel if you let go of
one specific project or activity that does not seem as important as
others do. If you experience a sense of relief, drop it for now. Continue
in the same way with other projects until only the very important ones
are left. Put the less important ones on a list of things to pursue
when you have more time.
things first. You dont have to approach all the remaining
important projects at the same time. Think ahead at the start of a workday
and begin with the tasks that are urgent or are going to get you into
a time crunch. You can save time if you return phone calls as soon as
possible after you received a message. There might be time left now
to continue your day with the less urgent and more fulfilling or fun
go to bed with your worries.
Take care of anything that worries you as soon as possible. (For example,
call a medical professional for advice right away, if you are concerned
about a health problem). Talk to a friend or spouse about it if you
cannot take care of it soon. If neither one is possible, imagine a beautiful
chest before you go to sleep. Imagine that you put all your worries
and concerns into this chest, knowing that you can open it tomorrow
morning when you are able to search for an answer or solution.
Whenever you have a moment alone, such as in the car at a stop light,
in the bathroom, or waiting for somebody to answer the phone, stop your
thoughts, sense your body, and take three deep long breaths.
During down time you do not feel responsible for any thing or anyone.
You move from moment to moment, deciding spontaneously what you like
or dont like to do. There is no chore, task, or anything else
you need to do during down time. You are "floating" through
time. This can be shared with somebody you feel close to who wants to
"float" with you. Ideally, you should have one full day per
week available for down time. Even an hour here and there can do wonders.