Are you overwhelmed with a full plate???

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Do you feel like you are drowning in obligations? When is the last time you felt like you could kick your feet back without guilt?

I am totally guilty of putting too many things on my plate and it seems to happen very fast! One minute you are coasting along thinking this is great, I’m busy, and then that one extra thing adds on and you are completely overwhelmed. Sound familiar?

I think this is one of the learning lessons that I have in this life, is to learn to relax more. For some people kicking back is an easy thing, but for me it takes concentration and dedication to get into it. I think a lot of people can relate to this. We live in such a fast paced world and we are pressured with society’s ideal of success. We are constantly trying to do more and be more to keep up.

There is something that I have learned recently to help relieve the pressure, and that is that “we are only human.” It’s ok to make mistakes, it’s ok to fail, and it’s ok to not know how to do something. We learn and move on. That’s all we can do.

We all have dreams and a desire to make a difference in the world. But the truth is we can’t “do it all” and “be it all”. That is where the feeling of “overwhelmed” comes from. We enter into this “superhero” mode piling our plate full and then what? We end up like a wounded hero picking up our own pieces.

So now that you’ve gotten yourself piled high with stuff, what can you do about it??

Here is one tool I have found useful in lightening my load

Here is where you do:

Get a piece of paper and in one column write a list of ALL of the things you have on the go right now. Then draw another column with the things that you enjoy doing and want to continue doing. Draw an arrow from the things that you WANT to focus your energy on right now into the second column.

Now look at the list of remaining things in the first column of all the crap that you are doing that isn’t serving you. At the bottom of the page, write what you will do to get those off your plate.

It will look something like this.

overwhelmed with work

This tool helps you see what you have on the go and where you want to focus your energy so you don’t feel overwhelmed with a never ending list. I encourage you to tap into your inner knowing by putting your pen to paper. The answers are waiting to be written.

It is soo sooo important for us to take care of ourselves by not overextending ourselves. When thinking about all the things you have on your plate right now, see how many of those bring you energy. It’s amazing how many things are on there that we despise. No wonder you feel like you have been hit by a truck.

One the best things you can learn RIGHT NOW are to learn to say no and to know your boundaries. You can’t rescue the world. You can do all you can with what you have. That’s all. Now go out there and choose for you!

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