Feeling Overwhelmed …

Yesterday I asked readers what was on their minds.  Here is the first of two responses I received.  I will reply to the second response from Beverly tomorrow.

The first response came from Cheri.  She wrote: “So much! COVID – just learned I was exposed, the election and the likely unrest no matter the outcome, the ongoing riots, teaching grandkids and an extra 5th grader via Teams/Zoom. It becomes overwhelming.”

Thanks for your response.  I appreciate your honesty, Cheri, and truly feel for the depth of your challenges!

These days are some of the most challenging I’ve lived through in my 53 years – not just because of the number of challenges we face.  What seems unique is how many challenges are coming at us simultaneously.  We barely have time to catch our breath before something else is thrown our way.  It’s no wonder we are overwhelmed!

So how do we deal with it?

I know each of us has had to develop our own coping mechanisms.  I’ll share four strategies that have gotten me through the past seven months.  Please keep in mind that I know it is not possible to enact these strategies perfectly.  Rather, I use these strategies to inform the way I approach each day.

Strategy #1 – Resist my drive to multi-task 24/7 so I can be as present as possible to what I’m doing in any given moment.

Strategy #2 – Pour my time and energy into those things I can control.

Strategy #3 – Let go of those things that are beyond my control.

Strategy #4 – Carefully monitor what I am putting into my mind, body, and soul to ensure I’m consuming healthy, life-giving nutrients.

Those are the most important strategies I’ve employed to get me through the challenges so far.  What about you?  What strategies have you been using to survive these tumultuous times?

About Pastor Craig

I'm a 53-year-old who lives in Los Angeles, CA with his black Labrador Retriever named Max. I'm an ordained clergy person in the United Church of Christ. My passions include spirituality, politics, and sports (Go Houston teams, go!). I use my blog to start conversations rather than merely spout my perspectives and opinions. I hope you'll post a question, comment, or observation for me to respond - so we can get the conversation started!
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