I had one of those ‘head in hands’ moments this week.
It’s January, which means I’m tired, broke, deadlines are looming, and all I want to do is eat the treats I got for Christmas (those that made it this far…) and snuggle up in bed with an extra large cup of tea.
But, I’ve got a Master’s to finish, and a novel which needs editing.
My mind is also away with the fairies so I’ve been trying some different ways to get my mind back on track to what I’m actually supposed to be doing… and telling myself that I’ve got this. Because sometimes life is just a little bit overwhelming.
Anyone who knows me will know I’m a list queen. I like everything written out (a million times) so that I can see it and know what I have to do and when I need to do it. So, in the amongst the essay writing, I made a couple of lists to lull me out of my stress-head state. And, although some of them got my mind wandering off piste, (I am also the queen of procrastination) I was able to get on with my reading and managed to make lots of notes which I am going to magic up into the essay.
Here are a few examples of lists I’ve made when I’ve been super stressed…
- Blog post ideas (because blogging counts as productive procrastination)
- Best bits of the year (this could be what you enjoyed most about last year or what you’re looking forward to this year)
- Bucket List (of places I want to go to/things I want to see etc.)
- Book list (books I want to read this month/year)
- Inspiration List (people/things/ideas that inspire me – Pinterest is great for this)
- What I’m grateful for (a nice way of reflecting on something you already have)
- My five year plan (enough to scare anyone back into an essay)
- A shopping list (of things I can’t actually afford)
- Meal plan for the week (especially good for anyone doing veganuary etc.)
- Words of wisdom (for when life really does get tough)
- Songs to listen to (usually whilst writing/working)
- My to do list (always include a couple of things you’ve already done and tick them off so you don’t stress out even more)
So they are all just ideas which have helped me to get my mind back. Sometimes when I’m stressed I get so wound up with myself that if I don’t take five minutes out I want to give up.
These lists are a good way of bringing you back from stress island and hopefully will help you as much as they’ve helped me.
(They’re nice things to do anyway if you get the chance. It’s often quite nice to just reflect on what you’ve done/are going to do.)
Let me know what you think!