Thursday, March 13, 2014

When Too Much Is Too Much

Everyday Takes Effort, You Choose Which Direction - Ann Again and again


It's Thursday - of course I'm taking part in Mama Kat's (pretty much World famous) Writer's Workshop.

My chosen writing prompt:  4.) Something You Have Too Much Of


I started to let my anxiety and low self-esteem take over my mind this morning.  I really didn't want to feel that way so I fought to keep these emotions at bay and I fought hard.  It's been 3 hours now and, so far so good.  What did I do?  Let's see...


  • I forced myself to smile.  Sometimes it turned into a slight grin, but a smile is what it was.

  • Recently it came to my attention that I am the heaviest I've ever been (not counting pregnancies) and although I never-want-to-eat-again! I made myself one scrambled egg, added a dash of cayenne pepper (it helps speed metabolism), a couple of spoonfuls of salsa and topped it with shredded kale.  Some protein, a healthy veggie = my stomach is full and my mind is at peace, no guilt.

  • Our financial situation will be changing in April - many things "up in the air" - and there is no way for me to predict how things will go.  (None of us really can with absolute certainty regarding the future, can we?)  I cannot panic.  I search for work (meaning = get paid with money, not product) I can do through social media and do my best to financially contribute to the household.

  • Taking a break from searching for paying work through social media I connected with a few of my blog buddies that make me smile.  Also, checked out Pinterest under the "humor" category, always good for a laugh!

  • Stuck to my plan of doing some kind of exercise everyday and put forth strong effort with a few fitness instructors through OnDemand.   Oh my gosh I'm so out of shape!!  But the only way to remedy that is to get moving again, right?

Through these steps I've held my sadness and anxiety at bay.  Some days I have way too much of these emotions and I hate it.  Every day takes effort, you choose which direction.  Every day there is a way to find a bit of joy, something to make you laugh, a way to connect to the positive that's around us.  

Have you been feeling overwhelmed?   Is low self-esteem, or fear, creeping in?  What do you do to stay positive and/or productive?


How about participating in Mama Kat's (pretty much World famous) Writer's Workshop?  Do it! :->

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, Ann! Getting outdoors (even in the cold snowy weather we have here) always helps to make me feel better and more alive. If it's a productivity problem, sometimes I find I've been plodding away for too long and need a break (or, am in need of protein).

    But definitely helpful for me? Getting enough sleep, and eating good meals :)

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  2. I agree with the "good meals". I appear to be eating too much of those good meals! Therefore, back on the serious exercise track I go :-> Thank you for your comment Betsy!

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  3. Thanks for this post! I, too, struggle with the blahs... low self-esteem, low confidence... I, too, am going through a transition. Actually, I'm on a forced break -- in Hawaii without a job while hubby does a 3-month research project at the University. It makes me feel guilty to have the blahs in such an exotic place... but there you go, I get them. And when I do, I have to ask, am I hungry? (Often a simple sandwich will cheer me up... although, I find ice cream is quicker, but not healthier) am I tired? (If I didn't get enough sleep last night, it affects my mood all day) am I lonely? (often the answer is yes, b/c I don't know many people here -- so when I'm lonely, I check out facebook and send email)... I find that if I focus on the basics, it really helps keep me on an even keel. Oh, and exercise! Going for a walk definitely brightens my outlook!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting Natasha! I can understand how your brain must be trying to equate getting the blahs and being in Hawaii. I've never been but of course I've seen pictures, t.v. shows and movies. But the brain doesn't care about the location, if you feel cruddy you just do!

      Exercise seems to be a key to a brighter outlook. Also, sometimes just taking a hot shower w/ eucalyptus scent or peppermint can help too. Anything to keep sadness that isn't necessary far, far away.

      I look forward to connecting with you Natasha :->

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  4. When I start feeling down, I try to get outside for some fresh air; it often helps. Other times, I'll take a trip to the mall. Even if I don't have money to buy much, it's nice to be around other people and feel the atmosphere. Of course, some time spent with my kids always does wonders for me. Visiting from Mama Kat's :)

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