If you’ll notice in the above photo, my forehead is shining with a gleam of sweat. This was taken after a rousing session of yoga (in July. outside. in the sun. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?). Yoga has been my salvation for years, but particularly in the last few months as I’m experiencing quite a transition in my career and making some big decisions.
During this crazy-anxiety-producing transition (and during other anxiety-producing transitions in my life), when I feel paralyzed by decisions and (at times) hopeless that things will ever return to peace and get figured out, I’ve realized that only one thing helps me shift out of all of that paralysis and mental chaos: taking action.
I’m not necessarily talking about taking big actions on your goals, especially if you’re confused about what your goals even are. Rather, I’m talking about doing simple things to make yourself feel more peaceful, organized, and in forward motion. When you’re in a peaceful state, you can think clearly and make decisions with ease. And isn’t that what we really want during times of anxiety-producing transition?
Here are some of examples small things I do e’rry day to move forward:
- Make bed
- Go to yoga
- Call a friend/see a friend
- Send emails (to specific people, with a specific purpose)
- Spend an hour job searching
- Bookmark 3 jobs that look interesting
- Do laundry
- Call friend to make plans for the weekend
- Make doctor’s appointment
- Revise resume for 30 mins
- Take walk
- Write thank-you card
Make sense? All of these things make me feel good, centered, and productive. Instead of freaking out and hiding in bed because things in my life are undecided and so up in the air, I do easy, tangible things that move me forward. At the end of the day, I feel much more relaxed than I do if I stay in bed because I’m so anxious about all of the decisions I have to make.
Now it’s your turn! Make a list of simple things you can do amidst all of your school stress to keep you peaceful and in forward motion. And share your list with me. I’d love to help you create a daily plan to feel happy, peaceful, AND productive, especially during times of lots of anxiety and transition.