Have too many things on your plate these days?
I do. After my busy mind woke me at 3 AM, I had a tough time getting back to sleep. Definitely in a tizzy.
Webster defines tizzy as “a highly excited and distracted state of mind, origin unknown (1940).” (Makes me wonder…before 1940, did people have fewer tizzies?)
Anyway, my crazed state was a strong reminder for me to get real and practice what I preach: find an oasis in my overwhelm. How?
Pause. Get clear. Take action.
So, before rushing into writing this blog and tending to all my other “must-do” stuff, I sat down at the kitchen table with a cup of jasmine tea. I gave myself 60 seconds to breathe, and hang out with a few questions. I asked myself:
What is one thing I am thankful for – right now –
- About my body? I know it’s getting older and has aches – but/and what is one thing I appreciate about it right this minute…
- About my mind? It’s cluttered, yes, and doesn’t always remember everything – but/and…one thing I really am thankful for about it…
- About my current life situation? ….
After I jotted down my responses, I took another 60 seconds to “breathe them in.” It gave me time to notice where I felt each appreciation. Then I fed that wiring in my brain/body.
Those two 60-second breaks worked for me. I hope they work for you.
I invite you to respond to my Survey question: What’s your single greatest fear of challenge regarding stress? Your response will help me plan my 2018 online course. Thanks ahead of time!
Warm wishes for a thanks-full Thanksgiving to you and family. Pay it forward!