We are starting a new series on this blog called Can You Relate?
As pet parents, I believe that we face many of the same daily issues and concerns. Therefore, I thought it would be great to start a discussion here on this blog about some of the regular concerns we face.
Today, I would like to kick off this series discussing the feeling of overwhelm.
Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed, I immediately go into self-critique mode. I start thinking about everything I SHOULD be doing. For example…
…I SHOULD have had a healthier lunch today.
…I SHOULD have sent that additional email.
…I SHOULD have taken Rooney for another walk today.
…I SHOULD have left work 10 minutes earlier.
When I get in this mode, I suddenly focus on all the short-comings I have as a wife, a dog mom, a daughter, a cousin, a niece, a friend, a marketer and the list goes on and on. If I don’t get a handle on the overwhelm quickly, a whole new set of overwhelm will sprout.
The reality is that there are things I COULD be doing, but that doesn’t mean that I NEED or SHOULD be doing them. For example, yes, I could have taken Rooney for an additional walk any given day, but spending time petting him and playing with him is just as important.
On Friday, I mentioned that we were able to take a road trip as a family recently and that was the most beautiful reminder that quality time with my loved ones is the most important. I was able to spend so much uninterrupted time with my husband and Rooney and my heart felt so full!
As the result of some recent reflection, I will be implementing some strategic changes to my schedule to make sure that I am home on time from work, and that I carve out a few hours to do the things that are most important to me and avoid overwhelm. Additionally, instead of judging myself as I normally do, I can evaluate my time through my husband and Rooney’s eyes, and try not to put such strict expectations on myself.
Now I open up the discussion to you. What do you do when you are overwhelmed? How do you adjust?
Tip: I recently ordered the Powersheets from Lara Casey’s Make it Happen community. These Powersheets have really helped me through the evaluation process. If you are a visual person who likes to go through a writing process, these might prove to be a great tool for helping you achieve some focus and balance.