Have you ever had one of those days/weeks where you feel overwhelmed? Not because things are awful or something bad happened but because you just feel that way.
I know that feeling too. It’s tough to pinpoint what your body/mind is telling us.
Are we stressing over a job or the lack there of? Are we worried about our parents/children or loved ones? Are we financially strapped? Are we too focused on our own careers? Are we stressing over things we can’t control? Is life getting in the way of our joy? Are we letting the little flaws of life get to us?
These are my questions I have been asking myself lately. The simple response is: “YES”. I know I am not alone in this and I know everyone has had there day of feeling overwhelmed.
I have come to the conclusion that it’s ok to feel overwhelmed (on occasion) but it’s not ok to focus on it. The feeling of being overwhelmed is just our body and minds letting us know that we need to slow down and enjoy the moment or day.
You know the saying: Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s true. It’s the little things that can either drive us crazy or we can enjoy the little things that life gives us.
We have a choice: Either dwell in the things that overwhelm us or find the joy.
I am choosing to find the joy and not let the feelings overwhelm me.
I am going to start a new practice. This is my plan, because I always have a plan or need a plan.
First: When I wake up I am going to list 3 things I am thankful/grateful for.
Second: In the afternoon I am going to list 3 things that make me happy.
Third: Before I go to bed I am going to list 3 things that brought a smile to my face that day.
I will use these as reminders that all is not lost and there is joy in my day. If I can find joy, even from the smallest thing, then I had a good day. This should help my stress level and hopefully I will not have that overwhelming feeling again. Or at least not so much.
There is a Bible verse that I remember as a kid. There is even a song about it. My cousin reminded me of this verse/song and I think it resonates for this post.
Psalms 118:24 – This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
It’s a simple verse but has a huge impact. We need these reminders that what we are going through is temporary and things will always look different in the morning.
As one of my Aunts told her children: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”.
Tomorrow is a new day with new choices. Let’s all rejoice and be glad for a new day.