Every once in a while life can feel like one big tug-of-war match. Picture your work obligations and professional aspirations are on one end of the rope, constantly pulling at you to work late, get ahead and concentrate. The other side of the rope is your family. Your loved ones and friends pull you away from your work to sit down and watch a game, help your kids with their homework and spend a quiet evening at home with your spouse. Somewhere along that rope falls your own personal desires, like becoming healthier.
It doesn’t matter who you are, how much you enjoy your work, love spending time with your family or how well you manage your schedule– all of this pulling back and forth easily becomes overwhelming.
An alternative medicine program is an opportunity to find balance in your life before you end up tossed in the mud in the middle of the tug-of-war battle. Whether you are trying to lose weight, overcome depression or fight chronic fatigue, alternative therapies like acupuncture give you the opportunity to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of your regular life and find a bit of perspective. Beyond the fact that alternative medicine treatments like acupuncture are recognized for their stress relieving capabilities, simply taking the time out of your daily grind to do something good for yourself can give you the insight you need to figure out what your next move should be.
Feeling Overwhelmed? Find out Why.
No one becomes overwhelmed for no reason. Usually stress sets in thanks to lots of little things that add up to be one big headache. When first feeling overwhelmed a lot of people have trouble figuring out the cause of their stress. By stepping back and thinking about everything in perspective it becomes easier to “see the forest for the trees.”
Here are a few steps to overcome feelings of being overwhelmed:
- Write down a list of everything you have to do. Sometimes a mental to-do list feels more overwhelming than it really is. Figure out all that you have to do and put time estimates next to each task. Once everything is down on paper it might turn out that the to-do list isn’t so long after all.
- Are you distracted? Energy suckers, mental drains and general distractions come in all shapes and sizes. It could be a co-worker that is constantly complaining, a TV on in the background or lingering thoughts of something bothering you that you can’t let go. If something is distracting you from moving forward, remove the distraction before moving on. Once your mind is free to work you might feel less overwhelmed.
Concentrating on how overwhelmed you feel isn’t going to help you power through your list of things to do. When you add personal factors like following your alternative medicine treatment program or losing weight to your already long list of things to do stress can easily pile up. Stay aware of what is bothering you and focus on the actions you can take to resolve those issues instead of dwelling on what has gone wrong.