What to seek out when you’re overwhelmed.

Life moves fast, super fast, and too often we forget that we can opt for cruise control.

There are tight deadlines, endless responsibilities, and schedules that we allow to own us.

What we may lose sight of, or not even realize, is that we often place unnecessary pressure on ourselves. We overbook, stress, and make important what may be quite insignificant – if it even counts at all – in the larger scheme of things.

When man feels overwhelmed in great works of literature, he seeks out nature, the mountains or the sea – this is where he realizes how small he is in contrast to the power of such sources. Both offer healing and an invitation to contemplate complexities, alleviating our angst and helping us gain perspective on the most troubling issues.

It’s not always possible to visit the ocean or climb mountains in our day to day life. More often than not, it’s the daunting tasks of our job or the smallest daily hassles that drive us toward our breaking point.

We find ourselves frustrated, tired and – overwhelmed.

So how can we escape? Find solace amidst the real, or self-imposed, chaos?

Seek out the small wonders that are within our grasp.

Inhale deeply and make a moment to look out your window, breathing in the beauty of a day – whether it be gray and rainy, or bright and sunny. There’s peace to be found in both.

Make yourself a cup of tea, or coffee, or hot cocoa – then sit and savor the warmth of the moment. Wrap your hands around that cup, and inhale then exhale what troubles you.

Look around you. Thoughts, memories, dreams. Sights, aromas, and feelings.

This morning at the crack of dawn, I did just that. The accumulation of days not feeling well, life added up. I felt the pressure, assessed the priorities, then put the kettle on. With the sound of a click, the pour of boiling water, and the steeping of Irish Breakfast Tea, I took a moment. As I walked back to my desk, tea in hand, I looked out the window. I soaked up the gray, winter day and yes – inhaled, exhaled, then let go.

What happened next? A sense of relief, calm, and invigoration. I pushed through another day, mostly, and prioritized what was important.

May I be so fortunate to do so tomorrow, but one day at a time. Sometimes, we need to know when to say when.

Seek out those small wonders that can bring you back to reality, back to yourself. Savor each one and every moment.

Author: E.M. Murphy

A voracious writer, lifetime learner and eternal seeker who aims to open minds and hearts. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a NASM Certified Behavior Change Specialist, humanity and humor is at the heart of my writing, reminding us that the key to success will always start with a genuine concern for others while making sure to be true to our authentic selves.

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