So I sat down to write this month's blog, not exactly knowing what to write and feeling pressure because I vowed that I would write monthly blogs no matter what - and once again, it is the last day of the month and I am just now sitting down to write. Why do I do that to myself??
I always tell myself that I'll get something posted sooner, and for the past few months it's been the same story. UGH!!!
So much to do, so little time. The anxiety of that.
The headaches that come from that.
The stuff that I do to myself by overscheduling, schedule changes, double booking, or having so much that I'd like to do and then choosing to do it all and somehow making it all work! (If it actually does - and if I actually enjoy it and can keep my mind with my body in the moment.)
The overwhelm of receiving news of something unpleasant - or something pleasant.
The overwhelm of decisions that must be made.
The overwhelm of trying to control situations and people. HA!! As if.
The overwhelm of taking on the responsibility to make 'everyone' happy.
As I was about to open a blank page and start typing, I received an email from a friend saying she'd probably join me for an upcoming theater performance - a woman I met just recently who helped me write copy for this website and my 7 for 7 Energy Challenge.
When I read her email, I experienced an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness for this person in my life, this new friend whom I randomly met through another friend, whom I also randomly met.. and so it goes.
(Nothing is really random, though, is it?)
And as I was sitting here feeling so grateful for the people in my life, I looked out my window and saw all the flowers I planted a couple months ago, now in full bloom.
Looking out my window at that view brings me joy every single time.
It's so rewarding to plant stuff and watch it grow and change through the seasons.. just as I grow and change through the seasons.
That simple shift in my energy, from the overwhelm of pressure to write this month's blog to the overwhelm of thankfulness for friends and nature, got me unstuck. The words just began to flow as fast as my fingers could type.
The overwhelm of typing the words so fast.. nice!
When an anxious overwhelm next strikes, I'm going to try and remember to pick up my head before I give myself a headache.
To look around.
To breathe, and sit for a minute.
Because the overwhelm is what I create it to be.
And it can dissolve just as soon as I start to look at it differently and get creative about it.
(Yeah, it sounds simple. It's not easy.. but it is simple!)
So..... how does your overwhelm affect you?
What do you create around your overwhelm, and how long do you stay in it?
What can you do to shift your energy?
©Catherine Borowski 2016
Live a wealthy life.
Catherine Borowski, life coach, knows that life can be messy. And it's through the mess that beauty emerges in the most unexpectedly brilliant ways.