“I’m stressed,” “I feel anxious,” “I’m depressed,” “I’m burned out,” and “I’m overwhelmed” are all catch phrases we hear every day. Unfortunately, these phrases carry a lot of weight and cover a lot of territory when it comes to negative emotions.
Are You a Juggler?
On our résumé of life, the most important experience we should have listed is the art of juggling. Think about people who do this for a living on stage or as a circus act. It’s amazing to see but they’re not born with this expertise. It took a lot of discipline, practice, and years of hands-on experience. When the act is over, so does the juggling.
In life, we deal with juggling multiple tasks on a daily basis but there’s never a moment, other than when sleeping, that the juggling routine is put to rest. During waking hours, it can be a vicious circle maintaining all the pieces at once between everyday life, family and work. While it may seem daunting and impossible, it is doable.
Life Balances But Are You Overdrawn?
Life’s like a checkbook. When it’s out of balance, negative things happen. At the end of the day, or night, energy levels, thought processes and patience resources are depleted or running next to empty. Once this happens, the catch phrases kick in and it’s a downhill ride on the slippery slope of negative emotions. This isn’t healthy for the mind, body or spirit for you or for anyone relying on you.
What to Do
If a feeling of hopelessness is seeping in because the light at the end of the tunnel seems burnt out, don’t give in to the negative feelings. There are positive steps available to becoming an efficient juggler.
- Lack of enough sleep or restless sleep is a problem that affects our overall attitude. Set a time to go to bed that works with your schedule and follow it. Make adjustments, as necessary, to accommodate getting kids to school or daycare then settle down for uninterrupted sleep.
- Meditation works wonders on relieving stress. Set aside some “you” time without any distractions and let the stress melt away.
- Exercise is a natural way to release pent up energy. A short exercise regimen is a healthy way to start the day.
- Use courses, or one-on-one interaction with an expert, to help address areas where personalized advice will guide you whether you’re dealing with stress, sleep issues, or parenting issues.