Where you overwhelmed by the holiday rush? Did you have a ‘to do’ list a mile long and no time to do it? Are you sitting in a pile of dirty dishes, unfolded laundry and unfinished chores? Do you have no idea where to start? Even if you answered ‘yes’ to one of those questions I have a solution for you.
Breathe. Yep, that’s it, just take a deep breath.
Stop everything and just breathe. Give yourself permission to take 10 slow, deep cleansing breaths. You may have to hide in the front closet to get them all in but really shoot for 10 uninterrupted. Take some deep breaths. Refocus your ‘thinking’ brain by giving it some oxygen.
Who knows? When you revisit the list you may find that the items on it you were trying to balance may not all have to be done exactly ‘right now’. You may just find that acronym HALT like Janet talked about in our last blog is once again interfering.
After deep breathing, it sometimes helps me read ideas from others. Below are several resources that share ideas on how to balance and cope during times you may be overwhelmed.
- Managing Stress: in Young Families
- Managing Stress Parenting Teens
- Managing Stress: Taking Charge – Spanish
- Managing Stress: Taking Charge – English
We would love for you to share your ideas as well. Let us know your tricks for balancing everything you have to get done.