Several days ago I was feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of moving. What I realized was that living with a brain injury and starting a new project would mean managing stress.
As I thought about the things involved with having to move, I knew I wanted to avoid as much stress as possible. I realized that I could manage the stress by working smart. So what I decided to start sorting through and getting rid of what I no longer needed.
I created a video presentation of the article for individuals who learn through watching and listening. Here is a link to the video presentation of the article: Starting a New Project, Managing Stress and Brain Injury Video Presentation
Riddle: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time.
Elephants like goals and projects can seem overwhelming when looked at as a whole. But when broken down into bite size pieces the enormity of the elephant, goals and projects become manageable. By working smart I decided to start a little at a time. Yesterday I began working in my walk-in closet. During the past 2 days I have gone through, thrown out and reorganized the contents of my closet. I am glad that I started on the project by dividing the apartment in sections. By breaking down and completing the project by sections I am able to avoid stress and celebrate the gains made in the process of completing the project.
So I was on my way to completing the project by managing the stress a little at a time.
In the next several days I plan to work on my bedroom and computer area, then start in my living room, dinette area and kitchen. My needing to move will probably not occur, but I am taking steps to practice healthy self-care. By taking steps to practice healthy self-care I am able to do what I can to manage what is in my control, while trusting that things will work out. Work out regardless of whether I have to move or will be able to stay in my apartment. As my Mom said to me some time ago, by taking care of the things we can, we are able to feel lighter. Lighter by taking steps, a little at a time; to manage stress.
In the event that you find yourself facing an elephant that seems overwhelming to you, step back. Realize that it is just an elephant. No biggee. No worries. You can consume the elephant and accomplish the project. You can chip away at the project or goal a little at a time. One bite, one section at a time. By working on the project or goal, one objective or section at a time; you will feel lighter and you will be able to celebrate the gains you make. You don’t have to get it done all today. You can face the elephant with confidence by knowing that you can accomplish your goal one bite at a time.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference…
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