I've been feeling out of sorts lately; a little overwhelmed and anxious. Here are some symptoms that I've had this week:
I've had way more energy. I've gotten "snappy" when I've been distracted or interrupted from my work. Little things have bothered me. I've felt like I could cry for no reason. I've been critical of others. I've felt sorry for myself and I've been fearful of the future.
I'm not always the first to realize what's going on but Thank God it doesn't take me months to realize it like before. So on Tuesday, I came home from work, went on a run with Anna and told her that I was NOT allowed to look at or do any work for the rest of the day. I took the rest of the evening to be present and evaluate the past few weeks.
The biggest thing that I realized I had stopped doing was getting up at having my quiet time with the Lord. It has been sporadic over the summer but for the past few weeks has been non existent. Instead, I've been getting up, pulling my computer out and working.
So here are a few things you can do to bring yourself back "down" from wherever your mind has taken you and help your days go smoother:
1. Have a "quiet time" in the morning. It's important to give yourself time first thing in the morning to get your mind right for the day. I even do this in my classes. We don't just dive right in. We get settled in and present first. We check in. We tune in. Then we move. If we just dive right into work or get up when everyone else does, we don't have a chance to do that and we've already started the day off on the wrong foot. Your quiet time can be prayer or meditation or reading your Bible or reciting mantras and positive affirmation. It could even be a workout or yoga practice. Whatever you do, just make sure you give yourself time to mentally prepare yourself for the day.
2. Get enough sleep! Make sure you are well rested. I know all of us are different and some don't require as much sleep as others, but make sure YOU are getting a sufficient amount of sleep so you're not waking up in a deficit. And I don't know about you, but I'm like a toddler when I don't get enough sleep. Enter, Mrs. Cranky Pants! A tired person isn't someone who functions at their best. So make sure you are getting enough sleep!
3. Do something for someone else. When I get into this space of feeling overwhelmed and anxious, it means I've got all of the attention on myself. I'm focused on MY schedule and MY fears and MY lack and MY insecurities. ME, ME, ME, ME, ME! Well I learned a long time ago that the world doesn't revolve around me. So it's always helpful to take a step back and see who needs help or something I can do for someone else. So Wednesday, I met a friend for a 6:00 a.m. yoga class and then followed her home to help wake up and feed her twins + 2 year old. We had coffee and snuggled babies and I got caught up with what was going on in her life.
Bonus tip: Don't be offended when someone brings it to your attention that you seem out of sorts. Don't get me wrong, I don't like being called out. But a mature person can hear those words, let it sting, take a deep breath and then really think about it. They could be wrong. But they could also be right. My husband told me a few days ago that he noticed I was more "amped" lately. I kindly told him he was wrong and that I was just super focused and excited about work. Two days later, I told him he was right.