Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all that’s going on in my life.  I start to notice that my mind is telling me that I have too much to do.  I get sidetracked by all of the little things in my life.  I get more anxious as I try to figure out how in the world I’m going to get everything done in the allotted time frame. When this happens, I’m thinking about the future and whether that future is going to turn out as I planned/wanted instead of focusing on the here and now.

Do you ever get that way?

In today’s society of constant going and over scheduling, I find that when I forget to pay attention to what’s happening in the present moment, then I begin to lose focus of what is really important to me.  That’s what I’m doing when I get anxious about my too long to-do list. I’m focusing on the future instead of the present.

Usually when I find myself getting anxious and scattered and not able to accomplish much, the solution is to take a break.  My favorite break, of course, consists of restorative yoga poses.  When life is getting super busy and I can’t make it turn out like I wanted, if I just stop for 30-45 minutes and practice a couple of restorative yoga poses, then I can again focus my mind.

After a short break, my mind is clear and I can prioritize my needs.  The anxiety lessens and I feel more at ease.  I’m also able to recognize that all of those things on my too long to-do list will get done one step at a time.  I don’t really have to get everything done at once.  I just have to prioritize and then do one thing at a time in order to get where I want to be.

This is a lesson that hits me every so often.  I’m still learning it, but I also recognize that my anxiety over too much to do can shift.  By practicing a little body awareness and noticing that my anxiety is making my body feel tighter and less at ease, I can recognize that this is not what I want for myself.  It’s time for a change in my behavior.

What I really want is to live life with more ease and flow.  By slowing down with a short break, I can actually remember how I want to live my life.  I can recognize what is really important on my to-do list and I can find a way forward that won’t be so stressful and filled with anxiety.  I can do this by slowing down and focusing on just the next step.

One step, one thing at a time.  This always gets me to the place that I need to be in a way that is easier on my body and mind.

Really, that’s how I want to go through life. With more ease and more grace.  With less stress and less anxiety.

I’ve discovered that restorative yoga is a huge help for me when I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious.  I’m listening to my what my body is telling me when I stop and practice a little restorative yoga.  When you are in an anxious state, if you learn to listen to your body, then it will begin to tell you what you need to do in order to lessen your anxiety.

know that restorative yoga isn’t the answer for everyone, but I’ve worked with many people who are tired of living with so much anxiety.  In yoga therapy sessions, they’ve discovered where the anxiety is originating and what they need to do to decrease the anxiety.

Everyone is different.  What works for one person may not be what another person needs to do.  Listen to your body and find your path or your next step in order to move forward with more ease.  Take that path just one step at a time.

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