The Here and Now

by Jessica H. Burnett


It is easy to become overwhelmed, when you are trying to complete everything at once. Bills need to be paid, people need your attention, and no matter what you do, nothing seems to be getting done.

It’s okay.

Yes, you read it correctly. It is okay.

And that is the hard part.

There will be days, that you will not accomplish everything that you have set out to do. There will be moments where things may not work out like you desired them too. This does not reflect your value or your worth. It simply requires a change in your expectation. 

Try This….

Schedule some time for yourself. Carve out some time for you to stop everything you are doing, and rest. 

For example: 

If you find that you are overwhelmed at 3pm everyday, set your timer for 2:55pm

...Maybe 3pm is stressful or tension filled because you tend to bank at that hour, or you have tons of laundry to do or maybe its when you are around a certain relative or friend?  

When the alarm goes off, no matter what you are doing (even if you are driving), stop (pull the car over) and rest. Resting can be listening to calming sounds of the ocean or birds chirping, it can be simply practicing awareness of where you are and that you are safe. You can also use the time to read or practice your hobby. Give yourself a full 15 to 20 minutes to complete this.

And then continue your day.

Try it for a few days, and let us know what you think and how it worked for you?

About the author: Jessica Burnett is a freelance writer in Los Angeles, who studied women's studies at CSU Northridge and Fine Arts at MSMU LA. She currently cares for two beta fish and provides academic support for family and friends.