When life gets hectic it’s easy to drop the ball or let something fall to the wayside. We plan our day, week, and month to help us know what we will be doing and where we need to be. Every day I look at my to-do list to see what needs my attention.
As we all know, what we have planned for the day doesn’t always go the way we thought it would. We block out time for each task and even give ourselves breathing room in our day. However, sometimes our plans fall apart. We get hit with an unexpected situation that needs our full attention. This could be a health scare, unexpected medical situation, illness, car accident, job loss, or a loss of a family member. That plan that you had for the day just turned your days and weeks upside down. At first all you can do is think about the situation and handle what has been placed in front of you. During this time, it’s easy to let it consume you and let your other responsibilities get pushed aside.
These are some of the things I try to do keep on track during a difficult time.
- Take a breath. Allow yourself time to think, cry, sit and do nothing.
- Spend time with God and pray. God hears us. Spending time with him to pray and asking for strength does make a difference.
- Unplug from social media.
- Do something that will help you relax; drink a cup of tea, exercise, listen to music or meditate.
- Reach out to family and friends for help when you can’t seem to handle the burden yourself. It helps to have someone to listen.
- Remember, there are still bills to be paid, children to tend to and a house to clean. It’s easy to let these things go. DON’T! This can make you feel more overwhelmed.
- Hug your children and let them know that things might be a little different for a while but they are still your number one priority. It’s important to keep your child’s routine the same or as close as possible.
- Once you have taken the time to get your thoughts together, adjust your plan to allow time for yourself without forgetting your everyday responsibilities, activities, and appointments.
- Give yourself flexibility. It’s OK to adjust your plan again tomorrow.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you eat healthy, drink water, and exercise. It’s most important for you to do this so you are strong enough to handle what you are facing.
When the unexpected situation happens, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Don’t let the things that need your attention get forgotten. Stick to a plan. However, be flexible and allow time for yourself. Life gets crazy. You WILL get through it.
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