Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Day 8 #HAWMC

Day eight of the WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month which I have signed up for – a month dedicated to the art of writing about health. Today’s prompt:

Best conversation I had this week. Try writing script-style (or with dialogue) today to recap an awesome conversation you had this week.

Friday night, I had a mini-meltdown…about time.

This week has been exceptionally busy as I prepare to officially launch my new business venture with my partner Lorna. I’ve also been writing  for HealthWorks Collective on healthcare marketing, continuing with the #HAWMC challenge, keeping on top of other work related activities, and well, I could go on, but I shall stop there, as I can feel myself starting to hyperventilate again. But, you get the picture? There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done!

So, last night, as I tried in vain to make another deadline, I had the aforementioned mini meltdown. Poor husband bore the brunt of it, and when he said to me, well don’t do it if you don’t enjoy it, I replied, but I do enjoy it. I love writing, I love working in social media marketing, you know I do. To which he replied, well you don’t look much like you are enjoying it to me.

There is was. My aha! moment.

In that moment, I had a choice. I could choose to believe that there is not enough time, or I could choose to breathe, be still, be present to this moment, right here, right now.

The more I panicked as time appeared to be racing away from me, the less I was getting done. When I stopped, time appeared to magically stand still for me.

Until the next moment when my mind started racing again, and deadlines began to encroach on me.

But, now I know the secret to time. In the words of Albert Einstein

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen all at once.

The secret is to stop trying to do everything at once. Even while I am doing one task, my mind is already on the next task to be done. I need to remain present and trust that in this moment, I have all the time I need.

That isn’t going to be easy for me … alongside my perfectionism, I have issues around just letting go, letting things happen, without my controlling them. But, I’m learning, and most of all I’m learning that it’s ok to be imperfect, and that I can begin again in the next moment, with the next breath……

Over To You

How do you deal with feelings of stress or being overwhelmed when deadlines loom and tasks mount in your life? I’d love to hear some of the ways you have found to cope