Making a game of overwhelm

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Overwhelm, overextended, overdoing it, overly-busy: all of these terms and more describe how I've been feeling for the past few weeks. An answer to prayer led to a new job, but on-the-job training began before I'd finished work with my previous employer. Add in appointments and all the shopping, decorating and coordinating of events in the holiday season, and you get one very stressed out, grumpy creative.

It's one of the reasons that I love reading Emily's work. Her tagline, "Making space for your soul to breathe," couldn't be more meaningful at this point.

Lately, I've been thinking more creatively about my overwhelmed state. What could I do to take some of the pressure off? Maybe make it into a game. Challenges, experiments and wondering, "What would happen if ...?" are some of the best ways that I've found to make positive changes in my life. It's how I got through a month of no spending recently, and how I switched to a nearly plant-based diet successfully.

Is there a way to make a game out of being overwhelmed and dealing with all these negative, tricky feelings? I'm going to do some exploration and find out.

What do you do during this busy time of the year to hold onto your sanity? What kind of boundaries do you set to keep yourself on a more even keel? 


  1. This is definitely an overwhelming month in America -- and in Vermont, we add snow (so lovely, and so challenging) to the mix. My usual coping strategy is to make lists, but this year, those too are beyond my capacity on many days, thanks to a health whammy that's knocked all my careful balances sideways. So I am using Resolutions! My first one was: Use more paper plates. I think there are probably good eco arguments for this, if using the cheap ones (I am). My second: See beauty and sing praise before entering the tasks of the day. (I take a photo, too.) Third: Drink tea BEFORE making everyone else's breakfast. Last to mention: Try to stay in this one Given day. Emphasis on "try." Hugs.

    1. Love this, Beth. I particularly appreciate the focus on centering yourself before the start of the day and trying to stay in this one given day--such great reminders. Hugs to you, my friend.


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