Yesterday, I wrote about Bill Rodgers, who won many marathons during the 70’s, and how he stopped during an important race to tie his shoe.
This story spoke to me about my current need to take care of myself. To slow down. Because I am definitely doing too much (work) with too little (external resources), right now. And that can be a self-perpetuating cycle, because the longer this kind of stressful situation continues, the less internal resources (stamina, health, enthusiasm, focus) I’ll have to drawn on.
So, the first question I would like to ask myself, right now, is this:
What helps me, in the moment, when I am feeling that level of stress?
Here is what is coming to mind right now:
- Asking for help and support.
- Allowing room for all my feelings, even if those feelings include anger — new AND old. (Most of us have certain feelings we “don’t like” or “disown.” And repressing those feelings — which is an old habit — does NOT help.) (I’ve been screaming in the car lately, which is actually fun.)
- Setting limits, clearly and firmly.
- Recognizing and owning my personal power (for me, that includes realizing that I am not helpless and small, like I was when I was a child) (it also includes realizing that I have options — that I am not trapped in a current situation).
- Realizing that I am not going to do a great job at everything. I just can’t.
- Setting priorities (because of #5).
- Letting go of past regrets and future worries, to be in the moment with all my senses (especially since the trees are starting to flower!!!
And there is one more:
8. Writing down my thoughts and feelings.
Thanks for reading (as I stop and tie that shoe).