Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess
We've all been there. Life is just moving along at a great pace; your business is thriving, your family is healthy and happy and the pets in your life are flea-free and content. Then down comes the curtain. Your close to 80-year-old mother falls and injures herself badly enough that she is hospitalized, clients start asking for more services from you (you certainly can provide them AND had the bandwith last week), your diva poodle gets sick and you adopt your mother's aging not-very-friendly Chihuaua.
Whew. Yes, I am speaking from experience and all of that happened last week. I went from happy-go-lucky to pulling my hair out. But, you know what? I've been there before. Case in point, April 8, 2012 life was going along at a great pace; April 9, 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. What followed put any other overwhelming obstacle that may fall into my path more of a pebble than a boulder.
What does all of this mean to you? It means that by gosh if I can get through what I'm going through, you can get through whatever is overwhelming you, too. Here are my tips for conquering the overwhelm:
- Remember, you're not Super Woman. You may have a cape but you're not invulnerable to stress and, well, life in general. Tell yourself that you don't have to be perfect. You can ask friends and family for help. Reach out to your clients and give them the bare bones break down on what's going on, assure them you're still available, but you may need to stop work at 5 pm rather than being available until 8 pm. Baby steps.
Remember that "this too shall pass" it may not seem like it will when you're in the middle of it, but if you keep putting one foot in front of the other, crossing items off your to-do list and taking care of yourself you will come out the other side.
I'd love to know... how do you cope when you're being pelted by life's lemons?