Calm to the Chaos

Calm to the Chaos

Before you start reading, I want you to hold one arm straight out to beside you, parallel to the ground. It’s an integral part of what I’m going to share with you today. Trust me… no one’s watching.

Last week, we announced a 21-day challenge called "Overwhelmed to Overcomer: Bringing Calm to the Chaos Surrounding You," and I warned that I’d be sharing a bit about the things I’ve learned through the past year - so here it goes.

More than half our spots for the challenge launching January 31st have filled up, and it’s because we’re all under it right now, trying to find our way through and knowing we have to do something, but struggling to stand up under the shifting chaos around us - which, I guess is all to say - it looks like I’m not the only one.

Which brings me to your arm - how’s it feeling right now?

It’s amazing how even the seemingly small things can add up to an overwhelmingly crushing exhaustion with the addition of just a little bit of external pressure.

This was me last summer. (And several times since then).

When the shelter-in-place orders came through last March, we joined the ranks of those pivoting, settling in to what we expected to be a short-term hiccup in an otherwise promising year.

We moved our workouts to Zoom. I started daily lunchtime group workouts to get extra movement and connection. Picked up a hobby (or two). Made a distance learning calendar. Started training for an Ironman triathlon with a friend.

Then the orders were extended, and extended again, and yet again. The novelty wore off. More and more unrest surfaced. The company started hemorrhaging revenue. The kids became more and more antsy. It became harder and harder to do the simple things like getting dressed - partly because there was nowhere to go, but mostly because the strain of the everyday had become crippling. More and more kept piling up.

I couldn’t hold my arms up any longer.

I decided I didn’t have to.

You notice how heavy just the weight of your arm is right now? (Feel free to drop it at any time - mine were achy reading this far!) Now imagine if you had to hold weight on top of it?

That’s what many of us are trying to do right now.

Any one of the many things we’re facing right now is heavy enough to make our arms sore… so why add more?

One habit I’ve picked up during this pandemic is that of letting myself off the hook, to do less, to let go of everything that’s unnecessary, and focus on - literally - just getting by and feeling as good as I could doing it.

Instead of training *for* something, I shifted my exercise routine toward feeling better and clearing my head. Instead of worrying about what the scale said, I decided to feed myself when needed. Instead of stressing out about the things I couldn’t control, I shifted to focusing on what I can, including what margin I could create to have enough to spare.

As women in today’s society, we don’t let go very well. We have high expectations - from others as well as ourselves - and it’s crushing us, as individuals, as families, as communities and as a society. It’s one of many sources of division.

It’s from this experience that I created this Overwhelmed to Overcomer 21-Day Challenge: because when we create the capacity physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to care for ourselves, we gain a greater capacity to impact the world around us, rather than bringing others (including our kids and partners) into a sinking raft.

And the world around us really needs investment.

It starts with learning how to interrupt, re-structure and re-program emotional states and behaviors that aren’t working for us. It continues with investing in our bodies simply because our bodies need to move and eat. What emerges with time and consistency is a capacity for compassion - for ourselves and others, the ability to let go of what isn’t working and create calm and peace.

The domino effect is magnificent… far more than we could do by trying to hold it all up over our heads for extended periods of time, just to crash and fall from fatigue.

If you’ve made it this far, it’s probably because these words resonate… would you like to do something about it?

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