Making a game of overwhelm
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?