Thursday, September 1, 2022

When you feel overwhelmed

 It has been rainy and chilly but at least the daffodils are out!
This week I have a lot on. It feels overwhelming. Plus I still have a cold so I don't have as much energy. What I am trying to do is put everything into perspective, because there is nothing bad happening, just a lot of moving parts.

I really am truly blessed to live a safe and happy life. But sometimes I need to remind myself to rest and take it easy and not be 'on' all the time. When I try to be productive every minute of the day I rebel against myself and go and do something unproductive and also unsatisfying like eating-not-for-hunger or internet shopping or reading the news online.

So today I am reminding myself to rest and get better. And to do little jobs one at a time. And tidy my environment. Doing this always helps me feel better. In fact, I feel most out of sorts when my home is messy and disorganized. Feeling defeated and down is a reminder for me to clean up my space.

Yes it takes energy, and sometimes I don't have enough to get me started, but when I begin with just one little thing and deal with it or put it away, I gain energy. And so it generates exponentially.

If you can relate to this, let me know. And please share how you overcome malaise, inertia and a general flat feeling if you have found some good techniques like me tidying my space.

Hugs to you (and from Daphne dog napping on the sofa)

xx Fiona
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  1. Good morning. I always feel better and in control when things around me are in order. I do the same as you, just one thing at a time. Nothing big, more a reset. The washing and serious housework can wait, but things are put away and straightened so everything looks right until I have the energy to do more.

  2. I love your reminders to slow down and take care of oneself. Although retired now, I put a lot of pressure on myself to make goals every week. Whether it’s house related, volunteer related or creative endeavors, I always try and fill up the schedule to the max. Lately I’ve been re-reading your books. And reminding myself to slow down put health first. Thanks for all you do to keep that in the forefront. And also to post weekly again. I love looking forward to seeing a new post every Wednesday here in the US. It inspires me to go back and peruse your wonderful publications.

  3. I don't know if it's a Libran thing, but I too like to tidy and clean my wee home when I feel a bit bleuwh (spelling lol??). And almost always, it's when I haven't made myself look at least nice-ish. I have finally learnt to sit and do something that I can easily accomplish at such times, like typing out my study notes. I had the flu that was merrily sweeping through NZ, - very debilitating, so don't feel too hard on yourself. Hope you get better soon.

  4. Have to say if feeling a bit flat, tidying and cleaning is the last thing I would wish to do. Eating well and plenty of comforting drinks and relaxing watching a classic old movie together with immersing myself in my favourite upbeat music is thoroughly recommended. Hope you feel better soon.

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  6. When I feel overwhelmed, too fatigued physically to care or too emotionally or mentally under the weather, I do what I learned from you. I take 10 minutes and put on something pretty, or chop a few vegetables or tidy up a small space and then sit down and read, write or even close my eyes and wait for calm for however many more minutes I have to spare. This almost always works. Thank you for all the little things you've talked about in your blog and in your books that make a big difference. xo karen


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