I’m so excited I’m going to Bali! I’m so overwhelmed because I’m going to Bali!
Have you ever felt like if you could just get through the crap and be at your destination all would be good? Then instead, because you are so overwhelmed with what to do, you find yourself fighting a cold and refusing to let that stop you. All you can think is “I must push through, just a little further, I’ve got this.”
You are not alone. I’ve just gone through that myself. I’m about to leave for an amazing trip to Bali and I’ll be gone for 20 days. That’s the longest I’ve been away from home. When I realized that, a flood of things to have prepared came rushing through. My poor brain went into overdrive with thoughts like “Make sure you have clear instructions, of things that need to be done, are given to my Virtual Assistant, follow up with accountant on taxes, make sure the refrigerator is packed and meals planned for my husband, why is my cat getting sick so much – oh geez now I got to find time to take him to the doctors, what the hell do I need to take to Bali?!?!”
I sat in overwhelm trying to get things done off my list. I’d fly from one thing to the next feeling like nothing was disappearing off the list. In addition to that, I didn’t realize that moving to the country in a deeply wooded area, that my body would be affected of the happenings of spring. I’ve never had allergies and my immune system is pretty strong, I’ve never had to deal with this. WRONG!
With all the self inflicted pressures of what I wanted to get done and steeped in all the muck, I was knocked out with an easy 1-2 punch by Mother Natures blossoming. I woke up barely being able to speak, terrible sneezing fits and just completely drained.
Ok, got the message and the signs are clear!
First things first. I needed space to heal and regroup. I completely cleared my calendar – completely. No calls, no visits, nothing.
Looking back on the situation, I probably could have prevented my day coming to a stand still. However, I can’t beat myself up about it. The actions I took just provided me nourishment and space. I amped up what I felt my body needed.
- Tea to sooth my throat – There are a couple of easy recipes. Some green tea with natural honey and a drop of oregano or ginger essential oil. Oregano and Ginger are warming oil and helps the body burn off any viruses or bacteria that might be lingering. They are both antiseptic and oregano is also an antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic oil.
- Nourishment for my body – I love a hearty soup, even if it is spring.
1 TBS Olive Oil
Box of Vegetable Broth
1 cup of Coconut Milk
Can of Organic Lentils
Chia Seeds (optional)
With a the olive oil, sauté the chopped onion in a medium size pot over medium heat
After the onions have caramelized (3-4 minutes) add the box of broth
Let this come to a boil, add the coconut milk
Stir and add seasonings like salt, pepper, and even some crushed red pepper or garlic powder
Add the lentils
Continue to stir and let simmer for 5-10 minutes
Add the chopped spinach with 3 minutes remaining
Serve warm with your favorite crackers
*you can add a tablespoon of chia seeds for a little crunch too
- Sit and just be – I wrap a blanket around me and cuddle up with a good book or even journal out a plan of what are the things that truly need to be done before leaving. Clicking on the TV is another option, but one I choose not to take right away since I’ve already been overstimulated with overwhelm. However, it doesn’t mean a little later in the day I might indulge and escape to getting caught up on some of my favorite shows.
Anytime you start to feel overwhelmed, I urge you to stop what you are doing, take a deep breath, and try and regroup before you get knocked out completely.