Just yesterday, I was reminded of how much we tend to take on in our daily lives. So many of us juggle work, school, family, and other obligations, which often leaves little down time. And don’t even get me started about the added stresses of the holiday season. While a part of me can’t wait to trim the tree, deck the halls, and bake a sweet batch of coconut macaroons with my sister, another part of me gets exhausted just thinking about it all. Every year, I find myself asking exactly when and how I’m supposed to fit it all in. But every year, somehow it all gets done.

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In a recent article about stress (see link below), blogger Susan Pearse offers eight tips on how to deal with the things that often overwhelm us. I especially love her tip on idle time. Pearse writes, “Identify idle moments throughout the day and resist the temptation to fill them with activity. Your attention needs time to rest and recover.” Just last night, I found myself guilty of occupying my down time doing multiple things. As I was trying to watch a holiday movie on Netflix, I was also mapping out a lesson on postmodernism and checking my email. Is this kind of multitasking productive or simply bad for your health? Too much stress equals burn out? I guess that’s why Pearse’s article got my attention. So, I’m taking heed. I’m hearing what she has to say: “Take the time to let your attention rest. Look up and connect with others.”

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For the students out there reading this post: As you juggle the papers to write and cram for the exams to ace, make sure to let your mind recover. Don’t get overwhelmed by it all. Stay healthy—mentally and physically—as you wrap up the semester. The same advice goes for teachers, nurses, caretakers, writers—for everyone out there feeling a little or a lot overwhelmed right now. The pile of work is temporary, but our relationships are what bring us true joy… so “look up and connect with others.”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-pearse/8-tips-for-dealing-with-stress-and-overwhelm_b_8538318.html

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