Friday, July 26, 2013

Overwhelmed? Take a Rest This Weekend and Recharge!

Chris Newcomb, M.Div. 

Ever feel overwhelmed?  Sometimes people think being overwhelmed is akin to laying on the desert floor of Death Valley crawling towards a puddle of water on a nearby deserted highway.  While that is a pretty bleak picture and would leave anyone overwhelmed, most of us get overwhelmed over much less difficult circumstances.  A busy day at the office can stress you out.  A sick family member can feel totally overwhelming at times.  The point is this, if you are human, you will feel overwhelmed at some point in your life. 

The question is: what to do when I feel overwhelmed?  I'm glad you asked.  Why not take some time this weekend to decompress from your life?  And, as you decompress, take a good look at what is working right in your life and what is not working right.  Then, take a look at this list below and see if one of the mantras can be applied to any of the issues you found that are not currently working right for you.  If for some reason it doesn't seem to fit right now, I guarantee there will come a time in the future when one of these statements will help you feel more grounded and less overwhelmed! 

At The Coleman Institute, we are here to help the overwhelmed.  If chronic pain is overwhelming to you, we can help!  If recreational drug or alcohol use is overwhelming to you, we can help!  If you or someone you love is in need of detox, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.
"❤ I am doing as much as I can, as best as I can.
❤ I chose this path, and I can always make it easier.
❤ I gave myself these tasks, and I can un-give them, too.
❤ I put pressure on myself, and I can release it, too.
❤ I don’t have a to-do list. I have a list of helpful suggestions.
❤ I don’t have an inbox. I have a collection of happy invitations.
❤ I don’t need to do everything all at once. (Or all at ever.)
❤ I have no one to impress, except myself & Mr. Rogers.
❤ I have one job right now — being gentle with myself.
❤ I’m not overwhelmed. I’m over-wowed.
❤ I’m not overwhelmed. I’m saturated with possibilities.
❤ I am overwhelmed. With gratitude.
❤ Nothing is mandatory. Except being a nice person.
❤ The earth weighs 6.6 sextillion tons. If I let this problem go, we’ll all be a little lighter.
❤ The sun is 93 million miles away. From there, my problems are very small.
❤ The universe is 13.7 billion years old. I am very young. I am still learning.
❤ The universe is expanding. My life is unfolding. It’s all happening.
❤ When it comes to de-tangling problems, I am an Olympian.
❤ There’s always a simpler option.
❤ There’s always a sweeter path.
❤ There’s always a softer way."
- Alexandra Franzen 

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