I am learning how to simplify the overwhelming here at PumpjackPiddlewick. It's worth giving a try.

This past year has been tough here at Pumpjack & Piddlewick. As I am sure it has been for many of you. It has been easy to be overwhelmed. Surprisingly, at least to me, ‘simplifying the overwhelming’ has really helped.

Now what the heck does that mean? Well, for those of you who follow my posts here on P&P you know I like slow living and a simple life. And it is this latter that has truly been helpful.

Keep it simple

Simple living is just that. It can take on many forms. Maybe it means minimalism, or simply less stuff in your life. It could be making work and life balance a bit better. Even simplifying foods down to basic (simple) ingredients. Or all of the above. And more. (Since we are talking simple, we’ll leave ‘and more’ to your preferences.)

For me, simplify the overwhelming I really discovered is about focusing on the now. Which ultimately means~ what can I do in this minute? And always, always only doing one thing. That is truly the simplify part.

The funny thing is, when I am feeling truly overwhelmed, it becomes much easier to focus on the simple. Sometimes it’s a mundane task, like washing dishes. Other times it is one achievement I could do right now. The brain rests easier when given simple tasks.

No listings of things that need doing. No planning. Simply picking in my mind one ‘To Do’ to do. It could be a need to do, or a want to do. It is always only one thing. Once accomplished, I then chose the next thing. And slowly the sense of overwhelming is, well, less overwhelming.

And now that my life appears to be heading back to some resemblance of normal, I know I will continue to practice simplifying. It’s no longer a need to simplify the overwhelming only. Yet, as life often throws us curve balls, at least I am better prepared should it do.


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Keep your mind healthy. Find what works for you and you will be able to lessen what may overwhelm you.


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