I've been feeling suffocated over the past week, with frustration, doubt and insecurity. It's all felt a little too much. I take on big projects, have big ideas which I love; but sometimes progress can be slow. In fact there are times where I feel like I'm running on the spot, working hard, doing things; but not really getting anywhere. Do you ever feel like that? It's enough to make you want to scream. I've certainly been feeling ick about everything, wanting things to change; but not seeing how I possibly can change them.
Today I decided to forget about all the "big" things and just concentrate on achieving a few small jobs that have been niggling at the back of my mind to do them. They were quick, relatively easy and once completed I felt/still feel like a superstar. I've got so much satisfaction over seeing something that I could start and finish in five minutes that it's lifted my mood completely.
So if you're feeling stuck too, wanting to scream, shout or throw something then I really recommend finding something small you can achieve right now. It can be as small as sorting a pile of "stuff" that's annoying you, to replying to a letter or email, or putting that book or DVD back on the shelf. It might not change the world; but in a small way it will make yours feel much better. Try it and see.
Let me know what you find helps when you're in overwhelm. What turns things around for you?
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Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about people who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.
1/3/2013 12:33:42 pm
Running has become my go to for all kinds of icky feelings. Tired, overwhelmed, anxious, frustrated. Something about running works to get me out of the funk!
1/3/2013 03:04:09 pm
This is a great article Claire, thank you. I've been decluttering for some time now and i have to break it down into small tasks or I freak out with overwhelm! I think this is something I need to apply to my business too.
2/3/2013 11:03:12 am
We're actually in Mercury Retrograde (you can google it for more info) and this feeling is quite common. It ends in a few weeks so good thing cuz if I felt like this all the time I'd NEVER get anything done. A good hot cup of tea works wonders for my mood. My favorite is called CALM by Tazo.
3/3/2013 02:10:46 pm
Thanks, Julie for clarifying, now it makes sense that sometimes everything gets postpone.
3/3/2013 02:14:35 pm
Great tips, Claire, sometimes it help me in similar situations when results or progress are not so obvious, I start "collecting evidence of success", thus it will allow me to concentrate on what good has been achieved and it brings more and more successes.Sometimes I just allow myself to chill out and do nothing.
4/3/2013 02:09:35 pm
There is NO joy like crossing something off your to do list is there? When I get really stuck in my life I do this same thing: reduce my to do list into small achievable tasks and let the momentum of crossing things off my list carry me through. Love, love, love this.
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