What to Do When You Need to Pause

Picture: Downtown Livermore, CA by Kyla Alexandre 

There are times in our life where everything feels like it is moving 150 mph and there’s no way to stop that overwhelming sensation. Today I am going to share how to know you need a break and take the steps you need to get your head back into the right space. 

First things first, when are you in a state that tells you that you need a break? Well, let me tell you. There are a few things you should make note of when you are evaluating how you feel. If you feel like you have lost control of what is happening around you, or you can’t help but feel overwhelmed and/or other negative emotions. Sometimes we take in too much at once and not even realize it. This typically means you need to take a step back and take a break. So how do you take a pause when there, unfortunately, is not a pause button for your life? 

Today I am going to help you through the times you really need the pause. If you’ve been here a while, the first thing I am going to say probably won’t surprise you, but make a list or write down everything you are feeling and everything that is overwhelming you. I am a firm believer that writing everything down not only allows you to free your mind, but it also gives you clarity. While you lay it all down, it allows you to process everything that is consuming you and making you feel overwhelmed. This is the first step in freeing your mind and allowing yourself to evaluate what your next step should be. 

Now that you can see what is putting you down, it is time to form a plan of attack. Look at what you wrote about the things that bugged you and make note of what part of your life these things fall into, whether it is work, school, social, personal, etc. This allows you to narrow down what changes you need to make. Now that you have that information, take a moment to allow yourself to not think about what is overwhelming you for at least 15 minutes. This means having a self-care moment which can be literally anything that allows you to disconnect. This step is so important because whenever we feel overwhelmed you need to remember the importance of giving yourself a little bit of time to step back and take a breather. It allows you to regroup and reconnect with yourself and figure out what you really need, after all taking care of yourself is so important in minimizing the impact of being overwhelmed. 

Once you are able to come back from your reconnection, it is now time to figure out what you need to change. Do not be afraid to make a change or switch up a routine. You should be living your life in the way you want to live it, so make the necessary changes in your life that will allow you to tackle everything you have to do without feeling overburdened. 

Once you have figured out how you need to change routines or parts of your lifestyle, you can then revamp your schedule/routines. This is when you can use a planner or even a piece of paper and write out what your way of life will look like AND make sure you schedule in time at least once a week to do something that allows you to reconnect with yourself and disconnect from the rest of the world. 

Sometimes all it takes is having a meltdown to get you to figure out that you need to get back on track. With that, remember that you will figure out what you need to and you will always  get through it. Don’t forget to stay vibin!

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