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  • Writer's pictureKim Colman

LET YOURSELF OFF THE HOOK

Sometimes there are days when everything just seems to be too much to handle.

This could be as a result of just too many things on our To-Do List, or just too many emotions going around our heads.

When I am feeling like this, I ask myself..”How can I let myself off the hook for a few of these things today?”

If I feel overwhelmed by all the things that I need to accomplish on that day, this is what I do:-

❖ I write everything down on a list, which helps to focus a plan.

❖ I prioritise what is absolutely necessary for that day.

❖ I notice what is on the list for me and what is on the list to help others.

❖ I schedule the non-urgent tasks to another day.

If I am feeling so overwhelmed by emotions and just can’t focus, I visualise a big hook in the corner of my office, and then visualise myself just safely hanging my emotions on this hook so that I can clear my mind to focus.

When we have too many emotions at once, we struggle to deal with or sort out how we are feeling. We could mentally take one emotion off the hook at a time and try to work through it. This is sometimes a lot easier than being flooded with many conflicting emotions.

Sometimes when I am being hard on myself…like trying to write the “perfect blog post”, I put that “Miss Perfectionist” part of me on that hook, and just do the best that I can without judging myself.

We could be much kinder to ourselves in many ways. This also applies to our healing from trauma and stress.

We want to feel better now, often seek and instant fix, and can become impatient with ourselves when we are still triggered by an event.

When working with trauma and stress it is important to work slowly, to ensure that you feel safe, and all the emotions and triggers are cleared.

What could you let yourself off the hook for today?

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