Prioritising our to do lists to combat overwhelm

A few weeks ago, I was feeling really overwhelmed, and realised I needed to make some changes, to make my life simpler and to put some systems in place to feel better held at work and in creating the life I would love.

I came up with a list of ways to make life a little simpler. Here are some suggestions that we hope might also help you:

  • The to do list in order

Start by listing all of the tasks that you must carry out. Next divide a big sheet of paper into four and put the tasks into the correct places from urgent and important, urgent not important (I find it amazing to realise where our priorities really are by adding this detail), followed by medium and low priority tasks. Try to balance the fun and the urgent tasks, but don’t let yourself be tempted by tasks you want to do versus the ones you need to do.

  • Plan rest periods

We need a re-boost every 90 minutes, so scheduling a change of scenery, energy and activity can really make a difference to how well we work. Try creating structures: times of the day for emails or creative tasks, including time for rest or to go to nature, and make these as important as the moments of work.

  • Be open and honest so you can embrace change

If you’re really ready for a big change, you’ve got to be honest with yourself about what your heart truly desires. Have a physical, emotional and mental clear out.

  • Make a list about what matters to you most

This could be family, friends, money, health. It could be a goal you’re working towards such as a promotion, or getting out of debt. This is now your priority and if you want to add new things to your list of what matters to you most, you should question first if it negatively effects your 3 goals, if it does, maybe you should reconsider adding this into your life, and also why you are adding it.

  • Truly create from your genius

My own to do list only passes if I have seen the end result in my land of plenty: a meditative state to connect with what my heart desires. Find out more about and create your own land of plenty at Maya Gandaia.

When our cup is empty, how can we be of service to the world? (Tips for coping with trauma and stress)

When we are stressed, we are inside of trauma. We all go through tiny traumas every day, and with each experience, our brains and our bodies respond. We enter into that heightened state of arousal: fight or flight (found out more about that here)

Our fight or flight response can involve a range of emotions, like anxiety, overwhelm, anger, and emotional outbursts. If you (like many of us) are experiencing that, know that you are not alone. Today we are offering some simple tips to deal with trauma and bring you back to homeostasis (find out what homeostasis means here), we would love to offer some tips for coping and transmuting:

1. Identify your emotions.

What emotions are you feeling? Stressful situations put us out of our power, and can result in us feeling angry, lonely, frustrated, scared or sad. Take some time to identify what you are feeling and why? Then see if you can take responsibility: is there anything you can do about the situation? Perhaps, if you are feeling scared, you may be able to then figure out some steps that would reduce this. Fun fact: we only hold emotions by 90 seconds (read more about that here).

2. Delay the urge to binge or go into a negative cycle.

Here are some suggestions to delay the urge to eat, or drink, or think negative thoughts:

* Go for a walk

*Try tapping (Here is a link and an explanation)

*Talk to someone (call a friend or a coach (Read why I recommend everyone has a coach here))

*Choose to be healthy: take a moment to meditate on this: what is the obvious thing to do if you choose to be healthy? (Try that meditation here)

*Journal or free write (this can be a great way to find out what we are feeling and let the emotions release).

3. Feeling angry? Let that anger out!

Those emotions that stay: it is often because we are ‘choosing’ to hold on to or bury them instead of get those emotions in motion. Here are some suggestions to let them out:

*Exercise: try boxing, running, or TRE (link here)

*Punch pillows

*Listen to music

*Shout (but not at someone!): Maybe cycle somewhere remote and scream and shout it out! Or just try communicating it with words to the person inviolved…

*Create it out: for example paint or write, maybe write a poem or a song!

4. Slide to the other polarity

You are not alone! Many of us feeling sad or overwhelmed. Hate and love are on the same vibration. So are sadness and joy. Try to turn the emotions you are feeling into their opposite. Here are some tips to make that happen:

Gratitude: Make a list of things you are grateful for (gratitude lists and journals are great)

Blessings: Think of 3 ways you can make your day a blessing

Give joy to someone else: The hermetic law of giving and receiving might be out of sync for you, so when you are feeling sad, try to do something nice for someone: then maybe this will trigger your feel good vibrations and heart opening!

5. Talk about your feelings.

This may be the most powerful way to release our emotions: tell somebody… and it will also bring them closer to you: sometimes we have no idea those close to us are suffering.

Tips for coping with trauma and stress: Because when our cup is empty, how can we be of service to the world?

When we are stressed, we are inside of trauma. We all go through tiny traumas every day, and with each experience, our brains and our bodies respond. We enter into that heightened state of arousal: fight or flight (found out more about that here)

Our fight or flight response can involve a range of emotions, like anxiety, overwhelm, anger, and emotional outbursts. If you (like many of us) are experiencing that, know that you are not alone. Today we are offering some simple tips to deal with trauma and bring you back to homeostasis (find out what homeostasis means here), we would love to offer some tips for coping and transmuting:

1. Identify your emotions.

What emotions are you feeling? Stressful situations put us out of our power, and can result in us feeling angry, lonely, frustrated, scared or sad. Take some time to identify what you are feeling and why? Then see if you can take responsibility: is there anything you can do about the situation? Perhaps, if you are feeling scared, you may be able to then figure out some steps that would reduce this. Fun fact: we only hold emotions by 90 seconds (read more about that here).

2. Delay the urge to binge or go into a negative cycle.

Here are some suggestions to delay the urge to eat, or drink, or think negative thoughts:

* Go for a walk

*Try tapping (Here is a link and an explanation)

*Talk to someone (call a friend or a coach (Read why I recommend everyone has a coach here))

*Choose to be healthy: take a moment to meditate on this: what is the obvious thing to do if you choose to be healthy? (Try that meditation here)

*Journal or free write (this can be a great way to find out what we are feeling and let the emotions release).

3. Feeling angry? Let that anger out!

Those emotions that stay: it is often because we are ‘choosing’ to hold on to or bury them instead of get those emotions in motion. Here are some suggestions to let them out:

*Exercise: try boxing, running, or TRE (link here)

*Punch pillows

*Listen to music

*Shout (but not at someone!): Maybe cycle somewhere remote and scream and shout it out! Or just try communicating it with words to the person inviolved…

*Create it out: for example paint or write, maybe write a poem or a song!

4. Slide to the other polarity

You are not alone! Many of us feeling sad or overwhelmed. Hate and love are on the same vibration. So are sadness and joy. Try to turn the emotions you are feeling into their opposite. Here are some tips to make that happen:

Gratitude: Make a list of things you are grateful for (gratitude lists and journals are great)

Blessings: Think of 3 ways you can make your day a blessing

Give joy to someone else: The hermetic law of giving and receiving might be out of sync for you, so when you are feeling sad, try to do something nice for someone: then maybe this will trigger your feel good vibrations and heart opening!

5. Talk about your feelings.

This may be the most powerful way to release our emotions: tell somebody… and it will also bring them closer to you: sometimes we have no idea those close to us are suffering.

Box Breathing

Box breathing or square breathing, involves taking slow, even, deep breaths.

It can release stress, heighten performance and boost concentration and is easy to do:

Breathe in for 1 count
Hold for one count
Breathe out for one count
Hold for one count

You can also increase the breath to 2 second, 3 seconds, 4 seconds (etc)
Let us know how you get on!