Tara Myshrall

Tara Myshrall

Ways To Stay Well and Not Let Stress Tear You Down

I don’t know about you, but lately, I’ve been feeling the stress and demands of COVID in a whole new way. It seems like collectively people are feeling burned out, stressed, and overwhelmed. Zoom fatigue is real! 

Many people that I’m speaking with are experiencing fatigue and mental slowness. This could result in difficulty focusing and prevent us from accessing our creative energy. Left unchecked, this mental tiredness could leave us feeling overwhelmed. 

My friends, there is hope! 

It’s important to understand that it all starts on the inside with our ideas and mindset. Simple mindset shifts can help us eliminate the unease and help us become productive and effective once again. I’ve put together a list of five ways that have been really helpful to me!

Gratitude

Start by making a list of all the things you are thankful for. It is a great way to remember all the good, grounded and centred things in your life. Next, start a journal. Even if you can only write for a few minutes each day, it is beneficial to put all of your stresses into writing in one spot. Just get it onto the page and out of your head. Practicing this daily will eliminate the chatter. 

Organization

Next, take a moment to organize everything that needs done. Get your ideas out of your head and on to paper or the screen. Does each item on your to-do-list actually need to be there? Write your tasks out just once a week and assign time and priority for each task. If there is something that can be knocked off of the list quickly, do it! Removing items that aren’t needed and crossings tasks off your list brings great satisfaction. You’ll need to turn off distractions like alerts and, yes, your phone while you are completing your list so you can focus your entire attention on the chore at hand. 

Flow with the Rhythms of Life

While working on your tasks, remember to follow the Law of Polarity. It rules “everything in the universe has its opposite, hot/cold, good/bad, high/low, breathe in/breathe out”. The universe has a rhythmic pulse and you can’t work continuously for 10 hours and still be effective. You must have a balance of rest and focused concentration. Remember to go for a walk, call a friend or meditate. You will have much better outcomes if you allow your mind the space it needs for recovery. 

Abandon Perfection, It’s Overrated Anyway 

It is necessary to abandon perfection. About a year ago I took a course and one of the lessons that I will always remember was that work is better done than not and B work is acceptable. Procrastination may stem from perfectionism which just leads to more feelings of overwhelm. Deciding that something is “good enough” is often an act of self-love. 

Connect to Your Feelings

Tune into your feelings, take time to breathe and check your mindset. If you follow the above tips and you still feel overwhelmed, take things off your list and start delegating. We all have the same number of hours in the day, and there is enough time. However, that doesn’t mean you must fill each minute with task after task. Your physical and mental health is a priority. 

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