The pile of paperwork sitting in the corner
It’s there, staring at me. I know you get it. We all have such piles.
Our heap of “to dos” that we’ve not yet had the chance to get to.
Here’s the interesting thing. The more anxious I become about it, the less likely I am to actually do it. The anxiety associated with the task takes on a life of its own.
When we avoid small things, they start to feel very big. If we can bring ourselves to respond to them in the moment, we take away their power. It may involve asking for help from others or leaning into challenging emotions. It doesn’t have to become a big weight to carry.
Feeling anxious about things doesn’t change them.
Leaning into them does.
I’m dedicated to spending the next few days leaning into my areas of discomfort: taking a look at my piles and developing a strategy to address them. I want my exterior and interior worlds to be aligned.
I don’t have to do it all. Just bite size pieces over the next week.
Perhaps you have a similar corner that you’d like to work on.
Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Executive Director, Landing Strong