Have you ever had so much to do that you feel overwhelmed and paralyzed?
You know you need to just jump in, be productive and tackle your monstrous to-do list but you just can’t.
It’s the worst. I’ve been there too- many times. Thankfully, I recently discovered one super simple solution for that to-do list paralysis that works every time.
Rest. Take a break.
It’s as simple as that.
Let me tell you a story to prove it:
September was a loooooong, exhausting month in our household. My husband and I were both working insane hours. Our son felt starved for attention, which in toddler world means you just act crazy. My to-do list kept growing and no matter how heavily I detoxed my list, it felt like too much.
One Sunday, my husband asked me if I could please come home a little earlier this week or have dinner in the crock-pot so that he could eat something before going to his evening job. Although it definitely wasn’t an outlandish request, it sent me into tears. I am not normally an emotional person so I knew something was wrong.
I felt like I was being stretched to the limit and didn’t have any more to give. Not even a crock-pot dinner. I went upstairs to sort out my thoughts and fell asleep.
When I woke up (three hours later!) life didn’t seem so bad. I realized that I was exhausted. I had been so focused on accomplishing goals and getting everything done, that I forgotten to focus on the important things- my health (mental and physical) and my family.
The Magic of Rest
I spent all of that next week doing only the necessities. The blog went untouched. I said no to extra requests at work and spent any free time I could find doing things to take care of myself.
Guess what happened? Nothing.
The world kept spinning. Life kept moving. My to-do list stayed stagnant.
However, after I had finally rested and recharged, it was a whole new world. I came back to the real world energized, refreshed, and able to tackle that never-ending to-do list. Those overwhelming feelings dissipated and became manageable. Life seemed do-able again.
Do you need a break?
Are you running yourself ragged trying to get it all done? Are you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by life? Maybe you need to rest too. It is time to recharge. Take a few mintues today (or right now!) to go through the steps below.
How to Rest:
Shut out the noise. Find a quiet place where you can be alone with your thoughts.
What do you need?
Often times we reach the point of burn-out because of a lack of balance. When I am feeling “lopsided” I like to refer to Zig Ziglar’s Wheel of Life to find the areas my neglecting. According to the wheel of life, there are seven core areas of life that we need to tend to in order to be successful.
In my burn out story above, I realized that I was neglecting my mental, personal and family spokes in order to advance financial and career. No bueno.
Take care of yourself.
I can’t tell you exactly what you need to do in order to take care of yourself because we are all different. What you need at the moment depends on your situation. Since I was neglecting my mental and personal health, I needed to take time for me. After I had put myself back together, I could concentrate on giving some extra energy to my family. Whatever your needs may be, take care of yourself first.
Here are some self-care ideas to get you started:
- Take a walk
- Sit outside
- Talk to a friend
- Meditate, reflect or pray
Your life vacation or rest time doesn’t have to last a week like mine did. In fact, if you need that long, you let things go far too long. Instead, try to incorporate rest, or self-care activities, into your daily routine.
Instead of letting yourself reach the stage of complete burnout, take 10-15 minutes per day to refresh and recharge to give you the energy you need to keep going and make it through the day.
With this simple trick, you will suddenly have the energy, time and motivation to get more done and do things well.
So, my friend, I hope you have a wonderful, happy, productive day- but don’t forget to rest!
Mom. Writer. Lover of all things DIY. My mission is to empower my fellow creatives to show money who’s boss, ditch debt and follow their dreams. Achieving debt freedom isn’t easy but our dreams are worth it!