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.
I'm an author, disability activist, winner of the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition and The EABA for Fiction 2020 and founder of Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses (ADCI).
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