Your Soul Food for Friday Sept 30, ’22: Self Care Isn’t Selfish!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

I Am Feeling Overwhelmed:

I’m feeling overwhelmed!  We all hear that a lot.  I think we can see it too in our children, our peers, our friends when they get short with us or push us away.

So what can we do about it?  Here are 5 tips I got from an article that you can share with them or use yourself.

Everyone at one time or another, or many times, will feel overwhelmed. It’s natural.  It’s the way your mind tells you that you have too much going on and you need to slow down.  So let’s not fight it next time – let’s do something about it!

  1. List what is overwhelming you.  Sometimes you realize after writing the things overwhelming you down – hey! I can do this.  Sometimes that list is really long.  But you know what you’ve just done.  You put them down so now you can prioritize and start knocking those items off that list in an orderly, less chaotic manner. You may notice some things you can’t control on that list.  Know what you get to do with those? Take them off the list!  Cross those right off. And there may be things that others can help you with – let’s see what to do with those a little later in this list.
  2. Realize it’s a breakdown of thoughts, not life. I love this sentence from Braden Thompson, “When you feel overwhelmed, your life isn’t falling apart – your thoughts are.” Remember being overwhelmed isn’t a stated of being – it’s a FEELING.  We all have the ability to control our feelings. 
  3. Things can turn around quickly. Do you find yourself often feeling overwhelmed on Mondays and Tuesdays?  That’s when the week begins.  That feeling may dissipate as you work on things throughout the week.  So track when you start to have those feelings – does it always seem to be on the same day of the week?  Either way, don’t wallow in inaction, start doing and seeing the small progress chip away not only at that list you have to do, but also those feelings of being overwhelmed.
  4. You’ve felt this way before. It ended before, and it will end again.Just remember that.
  5. Your problems may not be as bad as you think.  Remember when you were in school and finals were so overwhelming (maybe that was just me?)!  Looking back now – what’s the worst that could have happened?  You have that perspective now. It’s wasn’t the end of the world issue I made it to be.  In fact – if only those were the problems I was facing now! Try to put things in perspective.  Still doesn’t help? Help out at a food shelter, or reach out to others who wish that they had your problems.  That really helps.  Furthermore, acts of kindness make this world a better place, help others, and help you feel better too!

Everyone feels overwhelmed at one point or another.  You are not alone. Remember – you control those feelings and what you do about them. 

You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job to Find More Meaning in Life:

Before giving notice, and going on a vision quest, consider this. Fulfillment doesn’t require big change. In fact, you can find more meaning even in a joy you don’t love.

You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job to Find More Meaning in Life – HBS Working Knowledge

Daily ‘breath training’ can work as well as medicine to reduce high blood pressure
Research finds five to 10 minutes daily of a type of strength training for muscles used in breathing can help anyone reduce or prevent high blood pressure. The training can also help elite athletes.

High blood pressure is significantly lowered with breath training : Shots – Health News : NPR

Support Hunger Awareness Month!

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Facial Illusions That Will Make Your Head Spin!

Mimi Choi is a professional illusion-makeup artist in Vancouver, Canada, who has gone viral for her optical-illusion looks on her face and body. Choi has collaborated with stars like Ezra Miller for their 2019 Met Gala makeup, Shay Mitchell, and Jeff Goldblum. Choi paints directly on her face and adjusts as she goes rather than sketching out an idea ahead of time. The process takes an average of four to five hours to complete, and some looks have taken over eight hours. The key to creating the most realistic illusion is lighting, background, and camera and face angles. Her goal is to create expressive art that shocks her audience.

How Mimi Choi’s Facial Illusions Come Together – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Angelica G-W and Chris B for your contributions and to You for reading this far!

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