Life is busy, there’s a lot of routine in and out of work. There are also deadlines, expectations, demands from above and questions from students.
Let’s back track to 3 years ago. I was working part time in a retail position, just finished my uni study and planning an overseas trip. I had all the flexibility I could ask for. People would say “enjoy it while it’s like this.” And I sure did. I was grateful for being able to go to the bank in the middle of the day where there were no lines, I could make a doctors appointment anytime of the day and any day of the week. There was so much flexibility to run errands and catch up with friends and family.
Now, 3 years on and I’m working in a full time job. Sure, the people are great, the money is good (it’s such a good feeling to be paying off my debts!) and the work itself is generally rewarding.
In a nut shell I like my job…
And then there are the moments where I don’t feel at ease. If I like my job, the people are nice, I have a steady income, why do I feel overwhelmed, stressed and tired on a regular basis? It’s not a nice feeling and I’m sure many of you can empathise and understand what I’m talking about. Almost every one has experienced this type of life and these feelings.
People have said to me “when you work out what to do about it, let me know…”
Well this week I think I have worked out part of what to do about it. I believe there are many ways to limit stress, reduce tiredness and not stay overwhelmed. But for today, I will share one part of the process.
Stay in the moment…
That’s it. Be in the moment.
After my few days away in Sydney last week for training (which I’ll tell you about in another blog soon) and then another day off for Annual Leave, something shifted in me. There was a strong sense that I can only do what I can do in a day and being in the moment is the most important thing. I had to make a choice to be in the moment. To be in the moment whether the moment was good or not so good. I’m not meant to rush from this moment to the next, I’m designed to be in this moment and embrace it for all it is. It’s amazing how much this shift has helped me this week. It has been a really busy week catching up on things from my few days out of the office. There has been question after question and my to-do list is only growing. I feel a sense of freedom by being in the moment. I’m noticing a sense of urgency to get things done, in the same moment I’m noticing the reality that I haven’t been doing nothing and so the things on the list will just need to wait until I get to them….
So this is what I’m making a focus for myself in decreasing the stress, tiredness and overwhelm. Therefore, my self-care tip for you today and this week is
‘Be in the moment.’
It’s nothing new and profound, being mindful has been around for thousands of years. This might just come as a timely reminder for you and where you’re at.
Embrace the Now… the comfortable and the uncomfortable, it’s all important and necessary.
*Breathe and Take the Journey*
Please note: Being in the moment is just one part of the journey to dealing with ongoing overwhelm, stress and tiredness. Please seek professional support to address specific concerns in your life.
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