Coming back from holiday can be a bit of a crash-landing and a minefield of overwhelm to navigate.
There's so much to catch up on, so many things that haven't been done, jobs that were waiting for your return.
Not to mention all the DREAMS you dreamed and PLANS you planned while you had some downtime and brain bandwidth that are now crying out to be brought to life.
And then you throw in the fact that somehow, it's suddenly only 1 MONTH until CHRISTMAS (how the crickey-jingoes did that happen??!!??)
Well holy guacamole - chuck all those ingredients in the blender and you've got a recipe for slipping right back into pre-holiday stress mode with a one-way ticket to Overwhelm Town via Anxietyville.
NO THANK YOU!
There is no way I want to loose all that hard-earned relaxation and rejuvenation!
So how do you jump off the overwhelm bandwagon?
The first thing is to identify that that is where you’re headed. It’s so easy to get swept away in the ‘getting back into things’ that we don’t realise we’ve bought our ticket and we’re standing on the platform.
How do you know? It will be different for everyone, but for me, I start to feel like I ate too much.
Weird, I know, but seriously, that what I start to feel in my body – I feel a bit sluggish, my concentration wanders, my breathing gets shallow. Not so strange, I guess, when you think about it; both are symptoms of the body having to deal with too much of something, too much food, too much to do…
Whatever your signal is, however you feel or know or sense that you’re bordering on overwhelm, listen in and when you get the message it’s time to go back and ask for a ticket refund. And the best place to start is by making a list.
Write it all down. Everything. Every single little thing that pops into your head that you have on your to-do list. Write it down, get it out, on paper and out of your head. Then you can start to assess.
Even better than jumping off the train? Take a shortcut and avoid it all together. Pre-empt the overwhelm and get your list on in advance.
A good list is always a good start. Then you can take stock and start ticking things off. And it always feels good to cross things off a list, am I right?!?
Have you ever had to fight to maintain your post holiday peace of mind? How do you keep yourself centred and on the right track?
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