They say that if you want something done you should ask a busy woman. This is normally the case for me, but recently I have found that headspace has become a bit of a premium in my brain!
No Room At The Inn
Last week was absolutely crazy! Not only did I have my usual commitments of work, this blog, blogging buddies and my community work, but I also had my birthday and a party to prepare and organise. It was not really surprising that by the time I got to Sunday night I was exhausted and mentally drained!
We all get like this sometimes. We pile on more and more and then before we know it our brains are full to capacity. I for one have been guilty of this on much more than one occasion! This is often when I have to sit down, work out what needs doing and when.
All too often however, I go beyond the point of prioritisation. I end up with so much going on, that headspace is not just limited it is over-subscribed! This is how I felt on Sunday. Even though I have been doing just fine, nothing has suffered, I felt like I was starting to drown in everything.
So how do you resolve this? Well, I am a big believer in list-writing and mind-mapping. Depending on the situation I might use both! (I have done a video on mind mapping before which you can find here by the way). This time I just needed a simple pad and pen. A to-do list can be daunting at times, but once you’ve done the first little thing and get to tick it off it can be a real mood booster. I know this might sound a bit geeky, but when your brain feels like a tornado of tasks, this can be enough to calm the storm.
I have also found recently I am mulling things over that simply don’t need to be thought about. I am particularly bad at this during these later months of the year. Probably because I normally have so much going on in the run up to Christmas, and I am concerned I am going to forget something. When I realise I am doing this, I crack out the old drawing pad and coloured pens and detox. I often find by writing down the things circling my brain, colour coding what needs to be concentrated on and what can be forgotten about, I feel a lot lighter.
Time For Self Care
I have also found myself reaching for the self care box I creates a few weeks ago. If you haven’t got one I highly recommend you check out my article on mine here. I designed mine for occasions just like this and it is amazing what a hot bath, a face mask and a good book can do for the mind. One evening I decided to do this (which also included a ban of the old iPhone) and felt ten times better for doing so.
I always say I won’t let this happen again, but I’ve got a feeling that this time next year I will be seeing history repeat itself!