There’s a theme this week.
Overwhelm and ensuing paralysis because sometimes there’s just too much.
A friend is navigating a family situation sparked by one event. It’s the domino effect: a recently hospitalized loved one, managing the 24/7 in-home care of a sibling and an aging parent with memory issues.
A colleague is dealing with an ongoing situation at home with children.
A friend is in the middle of a new job conundrum.
When our thoughts spin faster than the tilt-a-whirl at the local carnival, it can feel impossible to slow down and make sense of what needs to happen next.
I’ve been there and can relate.
And each time I find myself in this space, one thing that helps is pausing to ask myself this one question,
What is the next best thing I can do?
Our brains like to think of the twelve million things that could happen and fast forward to the worst-case scenario, ending up feeling hopeless and helpless to affect change or find a meaningful solution.
Thank you, Brain, for doing your job.
However by asking yourself, What is the next thing I can do, you engage your brain to help in a specific and constructive way. Your brain starts looking for ways to solve for the next thing.
The next thing will lead to the next thing and so on. There’s no need to solve the problem and every stage along the way before you’ve taken the first step. You work toward the goal but only by taking one next step.
Yes, it’s that simple and easy. And it’s instantly calming, too.
Try it and let me know, k?
Something We Love: [Book] Raising an Organized Child by Dr. Damon Korb
We recently had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Korb speak about the importance of raising children with organized minds building their executive functioning. He talks about why finishing matters more than the overall quality of work; shares ideas for how to coach children of all ages through the various steps in the process; and provides anecdotal solutions to parenting’s biggest challenges.
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