Have you ever struggled with what you’re doing or had a change in perspective that leads you to change what you want to do? Are you juggling working full-time, feeling overwhelmed and constantly worried, a family member that’s ill and in need of constant care or your kids are at a stage in life that you’re finding particularly worrisome. We all have experienced worry to some degree.
I’m guilty of trying to do too many things all in the hopes of finding my path, that spark of inspiration that will offer an opportunity to help others. I’m also at a point in my life that I’m ready to slow down but want to continue enjoying my standard of living. Conundrums galore! Internal chaos and strife of whether I’m on the right path or not, how can I improve my health and well being with my schedule and everything I have going on … the list is endless.
I realized there is an internal voice that constantly picks at you. You know that little voice in your head that wants to keep you where you are … because it’s comfortable in what you know, little effort involved, and easier than changing, even for a better outcome. In general, trying to convince us that taking that risk isn’t worth the effort we need to put in to get there or worse there really isn’t any reward.
Think of something that you are worried about. Are you searching for a new job? Do you have a parent you’re caring for or children while working full-time? Your toying with starting your own business but you’re undecided and researching this, taking this class or that. When will it end? Can you feel the stress, the frustration, the confusion?
STOP! Take a DEEP breath and slowly release it. Feel the tension ease as you do it again, twice please. Sometimes you need to slow down for just a moment and realize that you are in control of what you do and don’t do. Fix yourself a cup of tea (or coffee), find a nice quiet spot and savor it, clear your mind, and focus on just enjoying your drink. Be as in the moment as possible. If worrying thoughts interrupt your reflection, wave them away and focus on your refreshing drink and breath.
Okay, I tried your exercise Shelia. So, what now? I still have all these confusing ideas and thoughts. I’m still worried and overwhelmed. I still can’t settle my thoughts, my stomach still feels all twisted in knots … but the tea (coffee) was very good while I was able to focus on the flavor. But I’m still no closer to dealing with these feelings.
I’ve been giving this a great deal of thought. Everyone worries from time to time even children. So I’m developing a teleseminar to answer the questions of why we worry, how to identify the destructive behaviors related to worry, why we like to cling to them, and provide tools or methods you can use to minimize or eliminate worry. Don’t worry, you’ll get to practice these methods during the teleseminar.
With that being said, I’d better get busy so I can get this going quickly. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, keep living in the NOW, and enjoy that coffee (tea – 🙂 switched it up).
Until next time,