When you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t stress it. Go for a laugh. This past week has been a bit much (overwhelming to be exact).
It seemed like my duties on my to do list took on a mind of their own. I found myself constantly adding to the list which led me all over the place. On top of that, I was not feeling my best.
So, my husband out of the blue says, “Let’s do a dinner and a movie today.” We usually do one or the other. This helps us do it more often budget-wise. I looked at my to do list. I thought about all of the duties that were not done yet and I was about to say, “No, I got too much to do.”
Yes, I was about to postpone it until I got to thinking that this will be quality time with my husband. This will also be a good time to take a break and regroup from my out of control to-do list (this is why it is so important to feed your mind positive information, because it will come back to you when needed). I said, “Ok, give me some time to get ready.”
Sometimes, we can have so much going on in our lives until we have to stop everything and give ourselves time to breathe. I discussed this in 5 tips to reduce stress. I know you may think that you will not get anything done if you stop. When you are feeling overwhelmed, a stop moment gives you time to clear your head and regroup.
So, back to getting ready (which took about 2 1/2 hours). Most of my getting ready time was spent on me still working on my to-do list. Yeah, I know, it didn’t hit me yet that I needed to remove the list from my eyes. My husband said, “Time is ticking.” I finally stop and got ready.
I must say that it was needed. We took a stroll down the riverwalk and I enjoyed the scenery. It was different from looking at my laptop with my to-do list on the side.
Next, we got something to eat. Ok, I had one of the best-grilled chicken salads ever at Chili’s. Sorry, I don’t have a picture to show you. When I thought about taking a picture of the salad, it was halfway gone.
Finally movie time, my kids have gotten me into watching the Superheroes’ movies but my husband wanted to see a comedy. I laughed until I cried at times. As we were walking out, my husband stated, “Your walk done change.” I walked in feeling sluggish but I walked out feeling rejuvenated.
I thanked my husband for the day of activities that help relieve the tension and help clear my mind. After my mind was clearer, I was able to focus on my out-of-control to-do list.
What did I learn?
1. I learned to not add more duties to my to-do list until I have fulfilled the ones already on there. (this is the biggest one to me)
2. I learned to better separate my duties according to the importance of each.
3. I learned to improve my schedule by rearranging some of the duties on my list by the time and day and putting in time for rest.
Don’t stress it, go for a laugh.
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