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Lately I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed by life. As a bipolar writer and creator, I have more ideas than I could ever do in five lifetimes. As a homemaker, everywhere I look I see tasks and projects to be done. As a firstborn child (of two firstborn parents, married to a firstborn), I’m convinced that I need to do all these things, all by myself. all RIGHT NOW! And thanks to my bipolar/borderline personality disorders, I am swamped by All The Feelings I am having about ALL THE THINGS! So I was very happy to stumble upon these resources and strategies for coping when everything gets to be too much.
-This article from The New York Times on The Paradox of Choice explains how sometimes, too many options can be a bad thing.
TAKE my younger son to an ice cream parlor or restaurant if you really want to torture him. He has to make a choice, and that’s one thing he hates. Would chocolate chip or coffee chunk ice cream be better? The cheeseburger or the turkey wrap? His fear, he says, is that whatever he selects, the other option would have been better.
Gabriel is not alone in his agony. Although it has long been the common wisdom in our country that there is no such thing as too many choices, as psychologists and economists study the issue, they are concluding that an overload of options may actually paralyze people or push them into decisions that are against their own best interest.
-I love this article from The Huffington Post on how you can’t read it all, and that’s OK.
We should go a little easier on ourselves when it comes to indifference to the news, and recognize that we’re one of the first generations to have to deal with the torrent of information about things very far removed from our own lives. For most of history, it was extremely difficult to come by information about what was happening anywhere else. And you probably didn’t mind. What difference would it make, if you were a crofter in the Hebrides, to learn that a power struggle was brewing in the Ottoman Empire?
-In What to do when you feel overwhelmed, Chris Guillebeau gives us an example of a quick exercise we can do to help decide what we really want to be focusing on in any given moment.
Anyone feeling overwhelmed?
It happens. The worst thing about feeling overwhelmed is the anxiety.
The second worst thing is not knowing what to do next.
You can resolve both symptoms through a simple exercise.
-Shannon Hutcheson of Living with Fibromyalgia has put together an article on How to Build a Fibromyalgia Pain Flare Toolbox.
-Julie Ryan of Counting My Spoons has collected the lessons she’s learned about self-care in her post about the 13 Commandments Of Fibromyalgia.
What a great list, Jenny. I look forward to rweadomg them all, as they all apply to me as well.
Thanks for the mention Jenny! Great list. Love your “You know you have Fibro … ” page. haha
Thanks! I really appreciate all the tools you put together in your post.
Hey, Zura-so nice to see you here! I hope you find something helpful here.
Thanks much for the mention Jenny! and for all the great articles (still reading).