September 6, 2018

My #1 Tip When Life Feels Overwhelming

Although mercury is officially out of retrograde, I’ve heard from many of my coaching clients, friends and colleagues that the past few days have felt particularly intense. And understandably so: The first day (or few days) back to work/ real life after a major holiday weekend can feel like an overwhelming mess of anxiety.

I know personally I’ve had a lot going on with travel, business things and getting Navy ready to start school (I know, I can’t believe it either #timeflies). I seriously salute all moms. This back-to-school thing is no joke, and my kid doesn’t even have assignments or summer reading lists yet.

Navy feeling that post holiday MOOD.

So what to do when your family, work or life just feels overwhelming?

As I shared in this week’s Rockstar Coaching Collective call, my tip is to focus on ONE thing at a time.

For me that one thing is sleep. I haven’t been getting enough quality shut eye and while there are a number of other things I want to tackle this week with my food, workouts and biz, I know that I can’t do it all. At least not all at once 😉

So this week I’m choosing to focus on my sleep.

What’s your one thing?

Before jumping into to-do’s or what your brain says you need to focus on, take a moment to connect with yourself on a deeper level. Put one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart and take three slow breaths.

Ask yourself: What would be most supportive of me right now?

Then take a moment to listen to what that little voice inside of you says (that’s your intuition by the way). Write down whatever your one thing is – the simpler the better!

If you can, take an additional minute to think about what you need to do around that thing to make it actually happen. What do you need to do now or earlier in your day to set yourself up for success?

Navy is up at 6AM most days so I know that means I need to be getting in bed around 10PM if I want to get 7-8 hours of rest. Which means I need to start thinking about bed around 9PM, which means I’m saying no to evening commitments that would keep me out later and even setting a reminder on my phone to remind me to shut down.

This hasn’t happened every day (10PM is early for this natural night owl!!) but I’m doing what I can. And the most important thing is that I’m NOT overwhelming my already overwhelmed self with a whole list of to-dos. I have my one thing.

I’d love to hear from you: Was this tip helpful? What’s your one thing?

Leave a comment on the below and let me know.

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