I hope you had a sunny first weekend of August! It was rainy and gloomy here in Jersey, so not much fun in the sun was to be had. I started a new book, This Dark Road To Mercy, which is very good so far, and did tons of cooking (what's new there!). Another accomplishment, I picked out a durable, high quality backpack to hopefully get me though college in the city. We'll see 😉 Besides that, nothing much else happened. So instead, let's get into something deep today.
We all feel overwhelmed sometimes. We become inundated with life. From everyday things like doing the laundry and paying the bills to major life changes like moving or in the midst of a difficult relationship. Just thinking about being overwhelmed can make you feel overwhelmed. You might remember just how draining those periods of time have been and you don't want to get stick there again. Yet it's inevitable and will probably happen again with one thing or another.
Feeling overwhelmed is exhausting. It's so draining. but these are the times when you need the energy to move past and get through situations effectively. I know how I feel when I'm overwhelmed, and I am feeling it right now. I want to do something and work through what I need to work through, but I just can't. I don't feel the motivation or drive to do anything or fix any of the problems. I just want them to go away or magically fix themselves. I can't get myself organized and sorted out, ready for action, like I can during more normal and less stressful times. One way you can tell I'm overwhelmed is just by looking at my face. These are the times when my trich is in full force. I got it under control right after school ended in June and was good through the month of July. But the last two weeks were a major set-back. I started to grow my eyebrows back and now there is nothing again.
Why? Because I am overwhelmed. Why? Because of the "C" word (college) and everything it entails (which is about 50 different things right now and not just the simple "o I'm going to college things"), my blog, the waning summer, opportunities that I just can't do (but want to), money, living in a house/family that is anything but calm. But the more I let myself feel so overwhelmed, I'm only creating more burdens for myself to handle. I wish I had a magic recipe to combat these feelings, but there is very little that can help. The only thing that actually gets rid of the overwhelming feelings are dealing with the problems and letting them play out as they come.
There are temporary fixes of course like yoga, working out, cooking, taking a hot shower, drinking an iced coffee. I would say reading, but my mind is going a mile a minute and it's so hard to concentrate on a story right now. I don't want the rest of my summer, these last few weeks to be thrown away on feeling like life is just too much to handle right now. So it may be cliché, but my mantra for these last few weeks is going to be "It's going to be OKAY!"
I am going to deal with one thing each day, accomplish one task each day and then spend the rest of the time taking care of myself and trying to have fun. I want to look my best and feel my best going into my "new life" and that will only happen if I make these next few weeks productive, relaxed, and fully embraced. I have to remember to breathe and remind myself that I have the strength to get through anything. Today is a new day, today is a new week, and today is the perfect day to start being powerful.
If your feeling overwhelmed, I feel you! But I am going to tell you that it's going to be OKAY! It is, I promise. Everything passes and everything gets better eventually. It may take a while and it may seem impossible right now, but one day you will look back and see that you didn't need to waste so much energy of feeling so overwhelmed. It's not worth it and it only makes every situation worse. Say it with me...It's going to be OKAY!
So tell me:
+ What's making you feel overwhelmed right now?
+ How do you handle stress and life when things start to get out of hand? Do you let it take over?
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