May 23, 2021
I have a confession to make; I’m overwhelmed.
I’m a Life Coach for Overwhelmed Caregivers. And I’m overwhelmed.
I KNOW it’s not the things I’ve committed to that create overwhelm…
Painting the kitchen cabinets
Building a garden area and planting that garden
Replacing old carpet and tile with new flooring
Removing part of a wall and installing new railing
Group coaching class
Marketing on social media
Email existing clients and Networking locally
Taking a new coaching course
New Grandbaby (!!)
End of school year stuff
Opening up our family cabin next weekend
Daughter getting married June 4th
Camp cook for girls camp June 9th
Dr and dentist appointments
Weekly tennis league
But as this list runs through my head all day, I want to blame it for making me feel overwhelmed. And I want to add other things that need top priority too: What to get my husband for Father’s Day? What to do about those sick looking trees in my yard? How to help those friends and family members who are experiencing hard things right now?
And, I’ve been forgetting things. Emails I should have sent. Newsletters that are my responsibility to write. Items on my calendar. Things my kids told me.
Today it occurred to me the most crucial thing I’ve been forgetting:
Believing that I CAN do all of these things. Believing that I am capable of managing my mind, and therefore managing all the things I’ve taken on.
Believing I can quit anything that I want at any moment…. which I wrote about just last week! https://meredithgcoaching.com/2021/05/17/that-time-i-quit-cooking/
I have forgotten how helpful it is to allow uncomfortable emotions and process painful ones.
I have forgotten how thought errors make things feel and turn out so much worse
Telling myself I’ve taken on too much and that I can’t handle it is going to create that exact outcome as I feel crushed under the weight of my to-do list and give in to pity parties and taking naps instead of figuring out how to handle it.
This week I forgot that I can CREATE anything that I want to! I get to choose how I move forward on my projects. I’ve just been choosing to create dread instead of fun. Overwhelm instead of resilience or fortitude.
This week, I even forgot that most of the things on my list aren’t even negative!
Dread and overwhelm felt necessary to my brain. I forgot, that they’re NOT.
This week when Overwhelm kept making an appearance, I invited it into the driver’s seat of my life. That’s why I crashed.
Because I was no longer driving, Overwhelm was.
This is the power of managing our minds. What we believe truly does become what we live.
So what have you forgotten that needs to be remembered again?
Choose it and it will happen.
P.S. It may take your brain time to let go of the safety of the negative thoughts that keep you where you are. Be patient and kind to yourself through the process. This is the work I am certified to do, and as you can see, do for myself. Schedule a 45 min Complimentary Session to learn how I can help you back into the drivers’ seat of your life. https://meredithgcoaching.as.me/