I can get myself in a TIZZY. An all caps tizzy. We all can. There’s so many stressors to life between our people, our work, the current state of the world, the internet, the environment. And sometimes it can all just feel like too much. Too damn much.
But when it does. When you’re SO overwhelmed. When you’re stressed out. When you’re fighting a certain situation and it feels like an all-out uphill battle, it’s time to go back and talk yourself through some basics. They’ll bring you back above the line every time.
Rule Number 1: Will any of this matter in 5 years?
Ask it. Answer it. The majority of the time the answer will be a major NO. But when it’s a YES, give yourself some grace room to be upset and worked up and all the things. If it won’t matter in 5 years, then don’t let it take over your time today.
Rule Number 2: Phone a friend
You know who she is. The one who can always make a situation feel manageable. A bestie, a family member, whoever she is, call her. And if she doesn’t pick up, text and tell her you need a 30 minute love sesh. She’ll make time for you and you’ll feel better just by having processed everything going on in your head.
Rule Number 3: Go workout or go outside
Sweating causes endorphins and endorphins make you feel better. Nature and fresh air (no matter where you live) will also help. Get your body moving, those feet walking, and new air pumping through your lungs. You won’t necessarily want to, but you’ll be real glad that you did.
You might have cardinal rules that work for you. These ones work for me. But I’ll tell you this, if you know your rules — the ones that will bring you back to life when you’re on the verge of a meltdown — write them down. And follow them.