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How often do you feel you are being pulled in ten different directions?
Dinner is simmering on the stove. I’m thinking about the bills that need to be paid tonight. My son is chasing his sister around the house, and she’s screaming because she’s afraid of little brother cooties. Sigh. Just another day.
We have so much on our plates, it’s no wonder we feel like we aren’t good enough. We are stretched thin, so thin.
How can we ever feel like we are successful with all these competing priorities?
Just like in this Inner Voice Interview from Activia, we let our inner critic take over our thoughts. We think we aren’t doing enough as moms. We should be doing more on the project at work. Our houses are hardly the picture of perfection we see all over social media.
We are trying to balance too many things and are barely hanging on.
How do we change our perspective?
It’s easier said than done and It Starts Inside. Activia believes when your mind and body are fully aligned, you can reach your greatest potential. Here’s my favorite ways to restore your sanity when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Ping. Buzz. Ping.
We are glued to our phones and every little ping and buzz from those phones destroys our focus. When we stop to read the last text message or email notification, it takes time to refocus on the task at hand. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I take a look at how much I’m using technology.
Top tips to to reduce your interruptions:
- Ruthlessly unsubscribe from emails. Can you get the same information (such as latest deals) by checking online when you need to? Are you actually reading the email when it comes in or saving it for later? And how often does later not happen?
- Turn off notifications. What do you absolutely have to know about right now? Every time your friend posts a new picture on social media? Probably not. Review your notification settings and ditch anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. I have notifications on my phone off for everything except text messages and calls.
- Unfollow and unlike. Too many posts and stories to catch up with when you log on to social media? Unlike or unfollow businesses or groups that are no longer of interest to you.
Take time for yourself
With the hustle of everyday life, this can be a tough one to squeeze in. It’s so important to take care of ourselves too! Taking care of ourselves allows us to be the best mother, wife, and employee.
Take time for you every day. Doing dishes after the kids go to bed does not count as time for yourself.
Do something you enjoy and focus on yourself. Take a bubble bath. Catch up on your favorite show. Read a book.
Make a to-do list
How many thoughts and ideas are in your head right now?
The bread and milk you need to pick up at the store after work. The library books due back this weekend. Your nephew’s birthday coming up and you have no idea what to get him.
Our never-ending mental lists leave us feeling stressed from just trying to remember them.
Get all these things that are floating around in your head onto a to-do list. You can use a planner, notepad, or your favorite app. Just get it out of your head!
Go out and get some fresh air. A walk outside has a magic way of clearing the mind.
Take a class at your local gym or go out for a run. Or start simple with some yoga in the middle of your living room. Exercise is great for your overall health and is a stress reliever.
Mindfulness is about focusing on the here and now. Pause and focus how you feel with all your senses in the current moment.
Take a minute to fully appreciate the present and the positive aspects of right now. Stop worrying about those to-do lists or anything else. So often our stress comes from worrying about events off in the future or events that we have no control over.
It Starts Inside
Life keeps us busy but we need to take time to focus on ourselves. Activia believes it begins with your inner strength. When we focus first on being strong inside, there’s so much we are capable of. You have great potential when your mind and body are aligned!
Activia wants to support the future generation of women by donating $250,000 to the Girls Who Code foundation.
Cut out the unnecessary distractions and take time for yourself every day. Clear your mind of all the to-do’s floating around in your head and get out and get active. Focus on the present moment and don’t stress or worry about a future you can’t control. These tips will help you feel less overwhelmed and restore your sanity!