Finding Peace in the Chaos
Donna stands in dismay as she looks over the endless piles of laundry awaiting her. Her three young children are busy with their sports activities, schooling and socializing, while she stands there lamenting the mounting pile of work to do. Tears stand in her eyes as she realizes this is only one of the many daunting tasks, including cleaning house, paying bills, and mowing the lawn, that she faces on her dwindling weekend. How is she supposed to do all of this? And to what level of sanity will she come out on the other end in. Suddenly overwhelmed and fed up, she resorts to digging through the freezer for the gallon of mint chocolate chip ice cream tucked near the back. It can wait, I can put it off, there’s still Sunday! She thinks to herself. The relief the idea brings, lasts only a moment until she sees the piles again.
I too have a young child, a job, a business, bills to pay, husband, home, a.k.a. “Super Mom”. And on top of it all, I feel the need to reach out--with the hopes of teaching women how to overcome the daily obstacles and stresses of life. As the leader of a small women’s “Life” support group, I see and can relate to the frustration and exhaustion of the constant pressure women live in. I don’t take them away from them I just hope to help them deal with them better.
Here are some tips from a lady who’s been in the trenches.
1. Stay calm. You’re reaction to the problem can make the problem bigger or smaller. By remaining calm all of your mental energy can then be put into developing a solution.
2. Give 100 Percent. Give 100 percent to the five feet in front of you. Deal with what needs your attention now, and put your heart into it. Block out the other one million things that may be on your plate. Focus determines your productivity level.
3. Prioritize. Make a list and stick to it. Lists will organize your thoughts and help you prioritize. And they are freeing because when you complete a task you have the joy of crossing it off. Yeah!
4. Get help! Someone else, for a nominal fee, can do time consuming tasks. I have a neighborhood boy who earns a few dollars a week for mowing my lawn, edging and taking out the trash.Continued on the next page