There are a handful of things I hear from people when we're meeting in discovery sessions. Near the top of the list is, "I'm overwhelmed."
Overwhelm is a state of mental indigestion. It's a sign that we need some space in which to let the mind unwind and to rest the body.
I bet you didn't need me to tell you that.
The thing is, we live in a culture that values doing, and so we've ingested the belief that getting to the end of the to do list is better than not. We actually might think we'll feel better if we do that.
I used to believe that was true. Then I started paying attention to the little thought that encouraged me to take a break when I was feeling depleted. Over and over I ignored that prod in favor of how good I thought I would feel if I just got everything done first.
But it never happened. Time and time again, I did not feel better when I kept going, I felt exhausted, overwhelmed, frayed, edgi and all around discontent. I finally saw the lie for what is is: cultural conditioning--bad programming.
The thing is, we have to be intentional about setting aside this time to recharge. It's non negotiable. It's only a disembodied mind that preaches, "just one more thing, then I’ll stop…." I hope you've seen through that distortion by now.
Still stepping out of the momentum of doing into being can be challenging. If you find that to be true, you're not alone.
Still, its worth sticking with it, because if you're habitually out-spending your real energy, you're on a trajectory to burn out or worse. Nothing throws our hormones out of whack like constant doing with inadequate time to restore.
Try a 20 minute lie down with a timer and be in savasana. If you want more guidance, try this 30 min. reclining breathing and somatic meditation practice. it will support you in resetting your body energy when you finish. Taken as a regular daily practice, it will transform your life for the better.
This is the perfect before lunch or later afternoon practice to restore and reconnect your mind, body and spirit. You can do this!
Let me know other ways you're finding to build resilience and a calm mind.
P.S. Are you in need of a little more personal guidance? I'd love to talk with you. Schedule a complimentary 30-min discovery session here.