Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Has life got you constantly pushing and pushing? Feeling as if you are on a hamster wheel feeling tired and drained?
At times like this, it is important to take some time and reconnect with what is important to you.
Here are a few tips that I use to refocus and recharge.
- Write a list of the things you do on a regular basis and then write a list of what you would like to do more often, the things that bring you joy. Do they match?
- Figure out what is important to you. And differentiate what is important to you as opposed to what is important to others.
- Learn to say yes to yourself more often and honour your own needs, don’t be afraid to say no to others. You probably heard this before, but it is important to get to grips with the fact that at times the word ‘No’ can be a complete sentence. There are times when the word ‘No’ is enough and you should not have to over complicate things by feeling that you have to reel off a mega explanation about why you can or cannot or will not do something that you do not want to do.
- Prioritise time to do the things you enjoy.
- Create your own night time and morning routines.
- As women, we tend to give so much to others at the expense of ourselves. Don’t beat yourself up if you do this, most of us have been or continue to do this to varying degrees.
- Eliminate things or people in your life that constantly drain your energy.
- Take time out or you may suffer the burnout.
Taking time out when you are overwhelmed is so important, you see, if you don’t you can experience burnout. This has happened to me in the past and trust me, it ain’t good.
Back in 2006, I was working full-time, I was in my final year of my degree at university and was a single mum of 4 young people. And to top it all off, I was in a ‘complicated’ relationship with an ex.
One day, I developed a tightness in my throat and neck, it wasn’t a sore throat, it was very different. The next day I went to the Doctor who told me that I was suffering from high blood pressure. Future tests revealed that my thyroid whacked. My body was trying to tell me something. And I could not ignore it. I had to delve deep into the tools I knew that would get me back on track. These were some of the things I implemented:
- Rest – My Doctor signed me off work so that I could rest. I spent pretty much stayed in bed for 9 weeks apart from doing the essentials with my children I rested as much as I could.
- Diet – I prepared foods and juices that would regulate my thyroid, lower my blood pressure and heal my body.
- Meditation – Used the healing power of meditation to fix my body.
- Exercise – Gentle exercise such as yoga and walks in the park helped me tremendously.
- Deferred my final year of Uni – Decided to take time out from my course for 1 year (I went on to graduate with honours a year later).
After doing the above for a few months I felt much better and was able to come off the medication I was prescribed by the Doctors. I was very pleased. To be honest – I should have ended that dysfunctional relationship I was in at that point. However, I did end it further down the line.
So today, if I do get overwhelmed and frantic I go through all of the above to assess and prioritise what is important to me and do more of what I want to do. Try them yourself and let me know how you get on or share the things that you do when you feel overwhelmed.
In the next few weeks I will be creating more useful content for you on YouTube.
Love and Light…Until Next Time
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Sonia supports women to get unstuck, jumpstart their lives and get their sassy back so that they can live the life of their desires.
Passionate about supporting women to live their best lives, Sonia’s is often invited to speak and contribute on a number of radio shows, speaking platforms and articles.
A housing professional, wife, mother of 4 and grandmother, Sonia believes that sometimes the simplest mind-set and lifestyle changes have the biggest impact on living a balanced and happy life.
Sonia offers life coaching tools, wellbeing tips and inspiration on her lifestyle blog.