well it's that special time of year where i start a thread about my inability to keep up with life again.
i'm feeling really overwhelmed lately, and the more i feel that way, the less i'm able to do. i just read an article that summed up my experience pretty well:
"Sometimes I find myself sitting on the couch staring into space. I want to get up and do the things on my internal to-do list, but something stops me. So instead, I just sit there. This is a behavior I've engaged in so frequently that I barely notice it when it happens. Today, however, I started to analyze why it is that I do this. I came up with the answer: I'm overwhelmed.
From an outside perspective, one might thing I just want to relax or decompress. A more judgmental person might even call me "lazy." It's not laziness though, it's anxiety.
I'm sitting on that couch fearful of all the things that I haven't done and need to accomplish. There are so many items on that internal list that I feel paralyzed. I can't possibly accomplish them all. When I start to think about all of my tasks at once, my mind starts spinning and I don't want to think anymore. So I sit there and intentionally try not to think. "
the article suggests making a list, doing one, and rewarding yourself. i've tried this so many times. i just wrote my list. but it has never really helped me.
anyone else have this experience? what has helped you?