Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Off-Balance

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Anyone else feeling a little off-balance? Overwhelmed? Paralyzed? From some of the blog posts I've seen this week, I don't think I'm alone in this feeling.

The start of the new year brings a lot of expectations. And to be honest, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I'm a perfectionist. If I can't do something perfectly or completely, I find myself avoiding it and putting it off. Yet, it's still on my mind.

I want to be kind to myself, but sometimes I feel like that just allows me to slip into this paralyzed state of inaction, which then becomes something that looks like... laziness.

I want to listen to my heart and head and body, but sometimes I'm not sure what they are saying. And sometimes they seem to contradict one another.

This uncertainty affects my business, my body, my home life. How do I figure out when it's okay to sit back and give myself time and space? How do I know when I should push myself outside my comfort zone?

This balance between pulling back and pushing forward is something only I can determinewith time and patience. I think I struggle with it now more than ever because I'm working for myself and in charge of more aspects of my life (which is quite different than being in control!).

But I'm working on it. I'm learning. I'm listening closely and being kind to myself and pushing myself to do things even if I don't feel ready or comfortable. I'm figuring this out as I go...

How do you balance the pull and push of life? How do you know when to take a time-out and when to push yourself harder?

11 comments:

  1. This is exactly how I feel right now. A lot of great things have already happened this year and are going to, but I honestly haven't really enjoyed any of it because I've been so overwhelmed. I'm trying to give myself a break and just focus on finishing one thing at a time, but it's hard. Sorry I can't offer more except to say I'm right there with you!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! It's nice to know I'm not crazy -- ha! I suppose we'll figure it out as we go. And if we're overwhelmed about good things, it could be worse :)

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  2. I feel the same way. Even after deciding not to take this year too serious...things still get overwhelming. I had to decide it is okay if I don't blog today and tomorrow and the day after and it is okay if I get a project done right at deadline not days before like I want...I am taking each day at a time. It reduces my stress level, I act better and I sleep better. I am not running this year, I am walking and enjoying the scenery.

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    1. One day at a time, one thing at a time. I too want to "enjoy the scenery" and focus on all the good in the midst of the chaos.

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