A little help for a lot of overthinking

Last week was one of those weeks. My brain was in overdrive and I was over-scheduled with not enough time between things. By the time I got to a session with my coach on Thursday morning I had already run 2 group meetings and identified a list of lawyers to refer to a client. It was 10:30 AM.

My head was spinning and my chest felt heavy. These times happen to all of us. Schedules get tight and there are always unexpected big things.

As I’m writing this now, what’s occurring to me is that if I hadn’t had that coaching session scheduled this blog post would be a lot different. I probably would have kept going in that “what’s next” place. My brain would have kept spinning and my mind would have been in overdrive. I’m grateful that I had that hour scheduled for myself because it changed the trajectory of my day…and I know that I likely wouldn’t have stepped away from doing-all-the-things had I not had an appointment to keep. In that moment that coaching appointment felt like just-another-thing-to-fit-in.

OK, back to what really happened. I showed up with spinning head and heavy chest and started going on about all-the-things that happened already that AM. I shared that I couldn’t get out of the place of “What’s next?” that even in that moment I was thinking about the rest of my day, etc.

“What’s next?” is a refrain I know well. It’s how I know I’m in overdrive and I know it’s not a place that serves me; but it’s also familiar and I don’t always choose the things that get me out of that place.

In a few minutes at 10:30 Thursday morning I was able to add a new tool to my toolkit. A simple way to bring me back to the moment and downshift my brain. When the spinning and fixation on “What’s next?” comes up, I can ask myself “What’s now?” instead. Even typing that makes me breathe a little deeper.

“What’s now?” brings me back to this moment and back to my body. My brain is great and it gets me really far in life; but to be my best I know that it needs a break and I need to connect to my body and being present. The simple phrase “What’s now?” helped me do that. Give it a try when your brain is in overdrive. Shift back to the moment so the overthinking can take a break.

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