I woke up this morning, my head heavy with dread
Hold on, that sounds like a blues song. I did wake up with one or two things on my mind, but not enough to get the guitar out and become all gravelly voiced. (My guitar is always out btw.)
I have had a sore throat/cold, which seems to be passing, and there are the normal trials of life that seem particularly trialling at this present time, so that might be why the air seemed heavy. The disappearance of the sunshine behind the grey, unburdening clouds doesn’t help either.
However, a couple of things were fogging-up my mind. One I didn’t need to be even considering, a quick kick to my mental and emotional facilities took care of that.
The other something was causing issue and required something more. It was only a tiny business issue, but issue it was. So out came the journal and I began to write. The issue took shape on the page before me. What it was, why it was bothering me and what could be done were all approached in a variety of ways.
Eventually, I came up with a simple process for myself. I thought you might find it helpful when something is running around in your head bugging you.
- Is it a little thing?
- linked with other *things* could this be a big thing?
- Does it signal a trend?
- Does it point to something else?
- Is there something I can do about it?
- How can I reverse the trend?
- What actions are a suitable response to any signals?
- How does this affect x,y and z?
I often find myself lost in the fog when just a couple of simple questions and their related answers will lead me to clear the air.
Thinking the issue through in my journal helped. It took the problem, or potential problem, out of my mind where it was rolling around and growing like a snowball. I was able to see it objectively and make some decisions based on those observations rather than subjective emotional reactions.
The issue is still there, however, I now have an action plan, a list of tasks and commitments instead of an energy sapping mess, meandering around my mind.