Sometimes it’s only Tuesday, and it has already been a week. You know the kind. You overbooked yourself, and a million little things have already gone wrong, or maybe they just went differently than you expected, so you are stressed. Not enough sleep, too much coffee, and skipped meals make you super pleasant to be around. When it feels like you do not have enough time to take a breath in between activities, appointments, driving, and everything else you have to do, it helps to stop and remember a few things. Here are five things to remember (with some favorite quotes) to help you get through the week and put things into perspective.
1. Don’t worry
Worrying is the worst thing you can do at a busy time like this. It is extremely counterproductive and impedes your focus when you need it the most to get things done. Worrying is a waste of time and energy. So try your best not to worry about what you have going on in two days and simply complete the one task that is right in front of you.
2. Find peace
This may as well say “For every minute you remain stressed, or grumpy, or irritable, or worried…” because all those words make the statement true. When you dwell on those kinds of feelings, you cultivate a negative attitude. You can either go through the crazy week (or month, or season, or year) with a negative attitude, or you can go through the exact same week (or month, or season, or year) with a feeling of peace in your mind and heart. Whether you are peaceful or agitated, you will still have the same amount of tasks to accomplish. Try to find your own sense of calm inside, and you will realize that it is possible to be busy and peaceful at the same time.
3. Have a laugh
I think this quote is not actually supposed to be funny, but this is the line that comes to mind when I have had a particularly difficult day. Maybe it’s my own dry sense of humor? But at the end of a tough day, it helps to look back on it with a laugh, and say to yourself “Well that was fun, good thing it’s over”. Nothing relieves stress like laughing at something really funny. Try to keep a sense of humor during the crazy times and it will help you and everyone around you endure much more crazy than you thought you ever could.
4. Keep going
I always get very overwhelmed whenever I begin an extremely busy period; I look at my calendar and think to myself there is just no way I will ever meet the demands of work, home, and everything else. The trick is to persevere. Don’t forget to take things one day at a time, one task at a time. Chip away slowly at the huge pile of things you need to get done and don’t try to tackle everything at once. Soon it will all be over and you will wonder how you ever did it. When it really does seem impossible, all you need to do is start, and keep going no matter what.
5. Feel gratitude
It is so easy to lose yourself in everything that is less than ideal in your life. I have to work too much, I don’t get enough time with my family, I have too many things to take care of, I just can’t get a break. Negativity is incredibly convenient. When you complain about everything, you feel some sort of misplaced satisfaction out of your own misery, and gratitude might be the last thing on your mind. But while it might be more difficult to feel gratitude in crazy times, it will always make you, and everyone around you, happier. When your life is hectic, be grateful, because there are so many good things in the world (and your life) if you will only recognize them. Negativity begets bitterness, and gratitude begets joy. Practicing gratitude at all times will shift your entire perspective and you will begin to see the beauty in everything.
Dance a little, smile, and do as Taylor says. Shake it off! It’s gonna be alright.
Hopefully these help you find a little peace and inspiration during your time of crazy. Do you have a favorite quote that helps you get through a tough week? Share it with us!