There's a stability and inner calm that comes with feeling like you're on top of things. Who wouldn't want to feel this way? Yet so many people don't feel this way at all. Instead, they're busy, rushed, and stressed, as they struggle to keep up with everything going on.
When you're already stretched, it doesn't take much to knock you off balance and throw you off course. Even something minor can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with.
Here are three reasons why you're feeling busy, rushed, and stressed; and how you can start turning things around.
We've all gone through periods when we felt tired, stuck, or unmotivated. Your energy is down, and simply getting through each day may feel like a challenge. Pushing yourself to take action during these times can be difficult, yet this is often precisely what's needed to start turning things around.
In her book I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was, Barbara Sher emphasizes the importance of action when you're feeling stuck. She also makes the connection between action and luck. In short, your willingness to take some type of action directly influences the amount of good luck that comes your way.
Sher provides four good reasons for taking action, even when you're unclear about what you want or feeling unmotivated.
It's easy to fall into the trap of overthinking when you have an important decision to make. You go back and forth endlessly as you struggle to determine what your best move is. Yet instead of making progress, you find yourself right back where you started.
Much of this overthinking happens when you're committed to making “perfect” decisions with the hope everything will turn out exactly as planned. But given the complexity of life with all its twists and turns, there’s always the potential for something unexpected to come along and throw things off.
With that said, decisions have consequences, sometimes far-reaching ones, so you want to invest time and care to make the best decisions possible.
Here are four ways to make healthy, sound decisions without overthinking.
We live in a world where information is readily available with just a click or a swipe. Much of that information is designed to help you improve your life, yet it often falls short of meeting that goal.
You stumble across some well-intentioned advice that sounds great in theory, but it fails to yield the desired results you expect. What’s the problem?
Here are five reasons why all those great-sounding online tips don’t produce the results in your life that you’re looking for, along with ways you can make those tips work for you.
As you move through life, you’re constantly making decisions. It starts with when to get out of bed, what to have for breakfast, how long to spend in the shower, what to wear... And that’s all before you’ve even left the house!
Many of these daily decisions can be made quickly and easily, but all decisions aren’t like that. There are times when your best bet is to hold off until you're in a better position to make the best decision possible.
Here are five times when you'll want to press pause before making a decision.
A bad situation can show up just about anywhere, and it can be just about anything. A job that has you living from paycheque to paycheque. A leak under the kitchen sink. A friendship that makes you feel drained or discouraged. The list of potential situations is endless.
You can’t always prevent a bad situation from arising. But once you're in it, what happens next? Maybe you’re confused or overwhelmed. Maybe you're unclear about what to do. Or perhaps you’re completely clear on what to do, but you're hesitating due to the cost, difficulty, or inconvenience.
In a perfect world, you would never need to make decisions under pressure; you would always have ideal decision-making conditions. You would have ample time to gather information, weigh your options, and think things through.
But the reality is that you don’t live in a perfect world. That means you're not always operating with those ideal decision-making conditions. As life situations come at you, there are times when the pressure is cranked up, and you have no choice but to make a quick decision.
Here are five practical tips to help you make better decisions under pressure.
From minor issues to major obstacles, problems are part of life. And when you find yourself facing a problem you’re struggling to solve, it can lead to stress and frustration, distracting you from other areas that need your full attention.
No matter what you do, you’ll never be able to get away from problems entirely. That’s why problem-skills are so important. Having a solid set of problem-solving skills under your belt allows you to face problems with confidence. You can stay calm, assess the situation, and plan your next steps.
Here are five effective ways to boost your problem-solving skills.
Even the best of friendships can encounter a bit of turbulence from time to time. From feeling ignored and neglected, to feeling offended or taken advantage of, there are all kinds of issues that can crop up to sour a friendship.
Once feelings are hurt and emotions are running high, you may be tempted to call it quits and walk away from the friendship altogether. This is precisely when you need to hit the pause button and take time to reflect, so you don’t make a decision you later regret.
As you reflect, here are some questions to ask yourself before you cast a friendship aside.
Everyone needs to make a big decision at one time or another. It might be related to work, family, a relationship, or a health situation. It could be anything where you feel like there’s a lot at stake. You go back and forth, weighing your options as you wrestle with the situation.
Facing a big decision in your life can be a stressful and emotionally draining experience. Getting trapped in unhelpful thinking patterns doesn't help; it only increases your stress and make things even more difficult.
Make things easier for yourself, and ultimately make a better decision, by avoiding the following four traps when you need to make a big decision.
Tips for achieving optimal wellness, inside and out.